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Belt girls continue 8C dominance, Denton-Geyser-Stanford boys roll to district title

Posted at 11:30 PM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:36:31-04

GREAT FALLS – No one had been able to come close to matching the Belt girls basketball team so far at the District 8C tournament in Great Falls. For one half, it looked the like the Winnett-Grass Range Rams had a chance.

But a dominant second half lifted the Huskies to yet another district title, 46-29, on Saturday.

Belt led just 22-18 at halftime with the Rams matching the Huskies’ intensity and tempo. But 16 points from senior star Dani Urick helped the Huskies outscore their opponents 24-11 in the second half. Syndey Browning led the Rams with 10 points.

In the boys game, the Denton-Geyser-Stanford Bearcats jumped out to a big lead against Belt and never looked back. Riley Donaldson led the Bearcats with 16 points, including a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. DGS shot 50 percent from the field and held Belt to just 13 first-half points.

Brendan Wing led Belt with 16 points.

The Winnett-Grass Range boys defeated Roy-Winifred in the consolation final and earned the No. 3 seed at next week’s Northern C divisional, and will face Chinook in the first round.

The Belt girls pose for photos after winning a District 8C title. (COURTESY: Eric Gaylord)