The Colstrip girls basketball team has big expectations entering the postseason. The Fillies brought home a pair of trophies during last year’s run, claiming the District 3B and Southern B divisional titles, but they’re eyeing the biggest prize of them all – a State B title.
The Fillies are looking like a good bet to be playing on Saturday night in March, too. Colstrip went through its regular season unbeaten and rarely tested, as an experienced roster continues to flourish, especially on the defensive end. Colstrip had one game decided by less than 10 points, just two by less than 20 and allowed only two opponents to crack the 40-point mark.
“Defense is definitely our specialty. I think that’s what we’ve capitalized on however long Miss (Roxie) Wilson has been coaching," Colstrip senior guard Addison Pontius said. "This year we’re kind of getting the offensive flow, too. I think it’s just that we’re all super hungry for the win and we want to always give 100%.”
“We feel like the more pressure we put on people, the better outcome it will be for us. Like (Pontius) said, our offense is coming along great," Colstrip head coach Roxie Wilson said. "I’ve got a really fast group this year, including my post players, and they anticipate very good.”
One addition that’s been a big lift for Colstrip? Junior Malea Egan, who moved in from California. A cousin to junior Bailey Egan and sophomore Ashtyn Egan, Malea Egan is an asset on both ends of the floor. Her style has blended perfectly with Colstrip, a team that prides itself on getting everyone involved.
“Malea is the best ever. She’s like the spark of our team. She’s so much fun and she just brings so much energy to the court," Pontius said.
“Isn’t she great? She’s been a really good addition. She played summer ball with us. She’s from California and her mom decided to move home," Wilson said. "Give the glory out to every single one of them. They’re such an unselfish group. They’re hitting the open person all the time, then they’re rebounding. They just work super hard."
It’s seemingly a different leading scorer every night for the Fillies, who begin their quest for more hardware this weekend during the District 3B tournament.