BILLINGS - Skyview scored the game's first two points, but Billings West instantly reeled off a 13-5 run and never looked back on the way to a convincing 67-43 win over the Falcons.
The unbeaten Bears hustled to seemingly every loose ball, took advantage of suffocating defense and leaned on their deep bench to lead 33-12 late in the second quarter and 34-16 at halftime.
"We really emphasize getting offensive rebounds and early offense," Bears forward Bella Murphy told MTN Sports. "So, that definitely has a lot to do with it. We focus a lot on defense also, the steals and we just keep going and going. We have a really deep team so we're able to get subs so everybody stays energized and we can just keep that intensity up."
Skyview opened the third with a quick offensive spurt on back-to-back makes from Brooke Berry who led the Falcons with 15 points. But they never drew any closer than 17.
"We always have a deep team and we always try our hardest," said guard Layla Baumann. "I think that having an all-around deep team, you know that if you don't have your best game, someone's always got your back. And our defense is always, always good. We love defense."
Taylee Chirrick led all scorers Friday night with 19 points for the Bears who showed considerable improvement from a three-point survival win earlier this season at Skyview.
West is scheduled for a quick turnaround hosting Bozeman Saturday at 2:30 in a makeup game from last Saturday postponed due to dangerous weather conditions.