RED LODGE -- Huntley Project scored the first 14 points of the game on its way to a 56-34 win over Red Lodge in the District 4B boys basketball championship game in Red Lodge on Saturday night. It's the second consecutive district title for the Red Devils.
"We just had a great season last year winning the district championship and we just wanted to carry that over. Our goal was to be back-to-back district champions," Huntley Project head coach Randy Robinson said. "We're still clicking, we're getting better and I still don't believe we've played our best basketball yet."
Huntley Project came out of the gates firing, leading 20-5 after the first quarter and 39-13 at halftime, essentially putting the game out of reach in the first 16 minutes. Project kept its foot down in the second half, smothering the Red Lodge offense to stymie any hopes of a comeback, carrying a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter.
"We just had to come out with as much energy as possible and play as good of defense as possible," Huntley Project junior guard Tim Rose said. "We're probably one of the most talented offensive teams, but we know that we're going to win games with defense. We just try to come out, bring energy and stop teams from scoring."
Project finished the regular season unbeaten in District 4B play and has won eight consecutive games. The Red Devils will face District 3B's No. 2 seed in the first round of the Southern B divisional tournament in Billings in two weeks. Red Lodge will face District 5B's No. 2 seed.