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Southern B: Colstrip girls stun Big Timber; Lodge Grass boys cruise

Josh Stuart
Posted at 8:40 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 13:12:13-04

BILLINGS -- The Colstrip girls stunned previously unbeaten Big Timber, while the Lodge Grass boys ran away from Three Forks in the Southern B divisional championship basketball games on Saturday evening.

The Colstrip boys and Forsyth girls secured berths in the Class B state tournament by winning the consolation games on Saturday.

Recaps of each game can be found below, while video highlights can be viewed above.

Colstrip 45, Big Timber 38 (girls championship)

Baily and Kya Egan combined for 28 points as the Colstrip girls stunned previously unbeaten Big Timber 45-38 in the Southern B girls divisional championship game at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark on Saturday evening.

After trailing 12-10 after the first quarter, the Fillies went on a 12-2 run in the second, opening a 22-14 lead they would never relinquish. The Herders, led by Bailey Finn's game-high 23 points, chipped away in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done.

Bailey and Kya Egan each scored 14 points, while Madison BigBack added seven points and Addison Casterline six in the win for Colstrip.

Darby Johnston had five points, while Hailee Brandon and Emily Cooley scored four each to pair with Finn's 23.

Lodge Grass 73, Three Forks 50 (boys championship)

Damon Gros Ventre scored 19 points, Malachai Little Nest added 18 and Lodge Grass ran away from Three Forks 73-50 in the Southern B boys divisional championship game at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark on Saturday evening.

The Indians never trailed in the divisional finale, jumping to a 14-8 lead after the opening quarter. Three Forks found rhythm in the following eight minutes, but Lodge Grass still extended its lead to 33-25 after a nine-point second quarter.

After another close third quarter, Lodge Grass pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Wolves 19-7, leading by as many as 23 points. The Indians forced 27 Three Forks turnovers and out-rebounded the Wolves 37-24 in the contest.

Gros Ventre connected on seven of 17 field goals, while Little Nest hit eight of his 14 attempts and had four steals. Jadence Archilta added 11 points and seven rebounds. Lodge Grass also got 10 points from DC Stewart.

Owen Long scored a game-high 22 points for Three Forks, which made seven 3-pointers in the game, but Lodge Grass was successful on 19 of 25 free throw attempts, while Three Forks hit nine of 16.

The Indians also had 22 second-chance points and got 18 points off the bench.

Colstrip 54, Columbus 53 (boys third place)

JT Baer had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colstrip past Columbus in the Southern B boys consolation game.

Baer scored 10 of his points at the free throw line, successfully sinking each attempt from the charity stripe. Corbin Small-Fisher added 15 points for the Colts, who led by as many as 14 points in the fourth.

But Columbus rallied in the final stanza, outscoring the Colts 27-17 after Colby Martinez's 3-pointer swished through the net at the buzzer. But Baer had calmly sank a pair of free throws on the other end moments prior, sealing a third consecutive trip to the State B tournament.

Martinez finished with 20 points, while Trey Stampfel added 16 in the loss.

Forsyth 51, Roundup 31 (girls third place)

A 28-11 second half led Forsyth to a lopsided win over Roundup in the Southern B girls consolation game on Saturday. After leading 23-20 at halftime, the Dogies' defense clamped down in the final 16 minutes en route to a 51-31 win.

Lindsey Hein was the lone Forsyth player in double figures, scoring 14 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists and a blocked shot. Haley Vance chipped in with seven points and three rebounds, while Roxanne Keefer, Jade Montgomery and Shay Donley each added six points in the win.

Blythe Sealey had a team-high 11 points for Roundup, which was 4-of-22 shooting in the second half, including a 3-for-20 mark from beyond the 3-point line. The Panthers were outnumbered in bench points (18-3), rebounds (31-22) and second-chance points (12-5) in the loss.

Forsyth will join Big Timber and Colstrip at the State B girls tournament in Butte next weekend.