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Great Falls CMR girls overcome sluggish start for 4th straight crosstown win

Posted at 11:00 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 16:56:24-04

GREAT FALLS — Addison Gardner scored a game-high 13 points, and the Great Falls CMR girls won their fourth consecutive crosstown game over Great Falls High, 38-33.

The Bison controlled the game in the first half, slowing down the pace and owning the time of possession. Great Falls High led 7-4 after the first quarter and 19-18 at halftime.

“That was difficult because we like to play at a fast pace and they don’t like to,” said Rustler senior Kyra Willis. “So we had to adjust and I think we did a good job of that in the second half.”

CMR held Great Falls High to just two points in the third quarter and then Willis and Gardner combined for 11 points in the fourth to ice the game.

“It’s big, I think the biggest thing is that it’s crosstown,” said CMR head coach Brian Crosby. “Our seniors wanted to win, they wanted to finish this one right and I think they did and that’s what’s exciting. For your seniors this is the game they care about probably as much as a state championship, so it was good for them I think.”

Willis added nine points for the Rustlers, while fellow senior Kayci Edwards also finished with nine. Jorgie Hawthorne led Great Falls High with 10 points, Erin Watt added seven.

CMR improves to 7-6 overall with a 5-3 mark in the Eastern AA. Great Falls High falls to 2-12, 1-7.

Addison Gardner (24) scored a game high 13 points in a 38-33 crosstown win over Great Falls High. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)