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District 6C: Plenty Coups, Harlowton girls win tight semifinals to clinch divisional berths

Harlowton Bridger girls
Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 11:12:49-05

WORDEN — The bracket will show Saturday's District 6C girls basketball championship game is between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, but Friday's semifinals were anything but easy for Plenty Coups and Harlowton-Ryegate.

The top-seeded Warriors held off the upset-minded Roberts Rockets 69-63 in the first game of the night at Huntley Project High School. After upsetting Park City Thursday, Roberts stayed with 15-1 Plenty Coups the whole night, trimming its deficit to just one point in the third quarter.

Plenty Coups was always able to re-establish a multiple-possession lead however. Sylvie Stewart led all players with 29 points while Lois Flat Lip added 20. Kenzie Pitts led Roberts with 23 points, while Emma DeVries scored 21.

The second semifinal was even closer. Harlowton overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to edge Bridger 38-37.

The Engineers led a low-scoring game, 17-13, at halftime. Bridger outscored Harlowton 10-4 in the third to take the lead going into the fourth, but Harlowton's offense came to life just in time. Mesa Butler led the Engineers with 14 points, while Emily Adkins added 14 for the Scouts.

The wins for Plenty Coups and Harlowton, which will meet in Saturday's district championship game at 8 p.m., clinched berths in the Southern C divisional tournament, set for March 4-7 in Miles City.

Roberts and Bridger are still alive as four teams advance from the District 6C tournament. Action continues Saturday morning.