DILLON — Lewis-Clark State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up Frontier Conference victories against Montana Western in Dillon on Friday night. The 17th-ranked women rallied in the fourth quarter to hands the No. 4 Bulldogs a 68-63 loss. LC-State’s 13th-ranked men took care of the Western men, 74-58.
No. 17 Lewis-Clark State 68, No. 4 Montana Western 63
Montana Western built a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, but Lewis-Clark state kept chipping away. The Warriors cut the deficit to six, 34-28, at halftime. A big second half ultimately pushed the Warriors over Western, as LC-State outscored the Bulldogs 40-29 in the final two quarters.
Hailey Turner had a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds for Lewis-Clark State, while teammate Abbie Johnson had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Western was led by Britt Cooper’s 16 points. Brianna King finished with 13.
Lewis-Clark State improves to 19-7 overall and 9-6 in Frontier Conference play. Montana Western is 22-3, 12-3 and still sits atop the conference.
No. 13 Lewis-Clark State 74, Montana Western 58
The 13th-ranked Lewis-Clark State Warriors never trailed in their win over Montana Western. The Warriors jumped out to an 11-point halftime advantage en route to a 74-58 Frontier Conference win.
LC-State forced 17 Montana Western turnovers, while coughing up the rock just six times on its offensive end. Those 17 turnovers led to 22 points for the Warriors. LC-State had 10 players in the scoring column, led by Trystan Bradley’s 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Western’s Kooper Kidgell had a game-high 19.
The Warriors improve to 21-6 overall and 10-5 in Frontier Conference play. Montana Western falls to 9-18, 3-13.