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Northern C girls: Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine, Roy-Winifred set up all-District 8C championship

Ella Smith
Posted at 9:05 PM, Feb 23, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-24 00:34:42-05

GREAT FALLS — Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine and Roy-Winifred will meet again Saturday, this time for the Northern C girls basketball divisional championship.

The Bearcats defeated Belt 54-49 in a semifinal game Friday at Four Seasons Arena to punch their championship ticket, while the Outlaws pulled away from Fort Benton 54-30 in the late semifinal game.

Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine 54, Belt 49

Ella Smith
Ella Smith of Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine dribbles toward the basket against Belt in a semifinal game at the Northern C girls basketball divisional tournament at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls on Feb. 23, 2024.

Eighth graders Emma and Ella Smith combined for 30 points to help Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine get past Belt 54-49 in a semifinal game at the Northern C divisional tournament Friday.

Emma Smith scored a game-high 20 points and Ella Smith added 10 as the Bearcats punched their ticket to the championship game, where they'll play District 8C rival Roy-Winifred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

BriElla Becker, a freshman, also scored 10 points for D-G-S-G, which has now defeated Belt four times this season — twice in the regular season, once in the District 8C semifinals and Friday.

After trailing by as many as 14 points, Belt made things interesting down the stretch, getting within two points late in the fourth quarter. The Bearcats held off the comeback attempt, though, and Belt fell to the consolation bracket with the loss. The Huskies will play Big Sandy in a loser-out game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dezirae Goodman scored 16 points to lead Belt, and McKenzie Pogany added 12.

Roy-Winifred 54, Fort Benton 30

Laynee Elness
Roy-Winifred's Laynee Elness is fouled during the Outlaws' game against Fort Benton in the semifinal round of the Northern C girls basketball tournament at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls on Feb. 23, 2024.

Roy-Winifred is back in the Northern C divisional championship game. The Outlaws secured their spot in the title game with a 54-30 win over Fort Benton in a semifinal game Friday.

Isabelle Heggem scored 17 points and Laynee Elness added 13 for Roy-Winifred, which is seeking its sixth consecutive trip to the Class C state tournament. The Outlaws have won the Northern C each of the past two seasons and four of the past five. They'll play District 8C rival Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine for the championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fort Benton was led by Casha Corder's 19 points Friday. The Longhorns will play Chester-Joplin-Inverness in a loser-out game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Friday loser-out scores

Chester-Joplin-Inverness 58, Augusta 46

Big Sandy 50, Cascade 36