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State A girls: Havre, Central win big to set up all-East semi

Havre State A girls
Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 22:03:01-04

BILLINGS — After playing one of the games of the season in the Eastern A Divisional semifinals two weeks ago, Havre and Billings Central's girls will meet again in the State A semis after cruising to opening round wins Thursday.

Havre 62, Hamilton 33

Havre dominated from the opening tip, using a balanced offense and stifling defense to beat Hamilton 62-33.

2019-20 Gatorade Player of the Year Kyndall Keller led the Blue Ponies with 13 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Havre forced 23 turnovers overall.

They led 10-4 after the 1st and 27-13 at halftime, before opening the 3rd quarter on a 14-0 run to put the game away.

Kadia Miller added 12 points on 5-6 FG shooting. 11 Havre players scored in the contest.

Layne Kearns led Hamilton with 13 points.

Billings Central 47, Dillon 24

After trailing by one after the first quarter, No. 1 Billings Central outscored Dillon 34-10 over the final three quarters to pull away for a 47-24 victory.

The Beavers led 14-13 after the opening eight minutes, but Central opened the 2nd quarter on a 14-0 run to seize the lead.

Dillon couldn't handle Olivia Moten-Schell down low. The Rams senior scored 21 points on 9-12 FG shooting, to go along with seven rebounds. Mya Hansen added 10 for Central, who shot 42.2% (19-45 FG) as a team. Dillon struggled from the field, making just 7-33 field goals (21.2%), including 1-17 in the second half. The Beavers also committed 22 turnovers.

No Dillon player scored more than five points.

NEXT: Havre and Billings Central will meet in the first girls semifinal Friday at 6:30 p.m. Hamilton and Dillon will play a loser-out game at 12:00 p.m.