HELENA — Emily Kidder saved her best for last on Saturday, scoring from the top of the key with less than seven seconds remaining as No. 2 Helena Capital fended off an upset-minded Dillon team 40-39.
Dillon took a 28-25 lead into the final quarter, and kept the pressure on late in the game behind Montana State commit Brynley Fitzgerald. The all-state Fitzgerald scored a game-high 25 points in the contest.
Fitzgerald gave Dillon a five-point advantage in the fourth quarter, but Kidder and Megan Lindbo nailed buckets to put the Lady Bruins ahead. After Dillon retook the lead with under a minute to play, Capital coach Bill Pilgeram dialed up a play that ended with Kidder’s heroic shot.
Fitzgerald’s attempt at a prayer before the buzzer was off the mark to seal the victory for Class AA’s No. 2 team. Helena Capital remains undefeated heading into Tuesday’s crosstown showdown against No. 1, and also unbeaten, Helena High.