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Northern C girls: Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine, Fort Benton, Roy-Winifred advance to semifinals

Posted at 3:22 PM, Feb 22, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-23 00:40:45-05

GREAT FALLS — Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine will join Belt in the semifinal round of the Northern C girls basketball divisional tournament after the Bearcats earned a 59-30 first-round win over Augusta Thursday at Four Seasons Arena.

Later Thursday, Fort Benton earned a 42-37 victory over Cascade in the first round to also advance to the semis. Roy-Winifred defeated Big Sandy 47-31 in the final first-round game Thursday.

Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine 59, Augusta 30

BriElla Becker had a big game, and Denton-Geyser-Stanford-Geraldine cruised to a 59-30 win over Augusta in the first round of the Northern C divisional tournament.

Becker scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and swiped five steals, as D-G-S-G, the No. 2 seed from District 8C, easily advanced to the semifinal round. The Bearcats will play 8C-rival Belt at 7 p.m. Friday with the winner advancing to the championship.

Kaitaia Vincent added 13 points for D-G-S-G to go along with six rebounds and four steals.

Augusta, the District 10C champion, was led by Abigail Barrett with 11 points and Payton Levine with 10. The Elks will play Chester-Joplin-Inverness in a loser-out game at 11 a.m. Friday.

Fort Benton, Roy-Winifred pull away for quarterfinals wins at Northern C divisional

Fort Benton 42, Cascade 37

Casha Corder scored 13 points while making all eight of her free-throw attempts in Thursday's 42-37 win over Cascade as the Longhorns moved into the semifinals.

Ang Riener, Addison Reichelt and Lilly Ferris all added seven points for Fort Benton, which at one point built a 14-point lead.

Cascade was led by Sophia Mortag, who had 11 points and nine rebounds. Braedyn Johnson pulled down 11 rebounds for the Badgers, who fell into loser-out play.

Roy-Winifred 47, Big Sandy 31

Isabelle Heggem and Laynee Elness each recorded double-doubles to help Roy-Winifred to a 47-31 win over Big Sandy in the final first-round game of the Northern C divisional tournament Thursday.

The Outlaws led just 31-26 going to the fourth quarter, and Big Sandy got within one moments later. But Roy-Winifred closed the game on a 16-1 run to punch its ticket to the semifinal round, where it will play Fort Benton at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Heggem finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, while Elness had 10 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Lyla Ewen also had 10 points for Roy-Winifred.

Big Sandy was led by Eva Yeadon with 12 points. The Pioneers will play Cascade in a loser-out game at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Loser-out scores:

Chester-Joplin-Inverness 43, Simms 30