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District 10C boys, 8C girls big winners on unpredictable Day 1 at Northern C

Posted at 11:14 PM, Feb 21, 2018

BOYS

Chinook 50, Winnett-Grass Range 43

Cord Schneider led Chinook with 23 points and seven rebounds, and the Sugarbeeters held off a stiff test from Winnett-Grass Range for a 50-43 win. Isaac Bell added 14 points for Chinook to join Schneider in double figures. Jacob Jessen and Cameron Wollman each scored 15 points for the Rams. Chinook will face 10C champion Heart Butte in the Northern C semifinals.

Ethan Bell (1) drives to the basket in a Chinook win over WGR. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

Heart Butte 58, Belt 32

Riley Spoonhunter scored 14 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to keep the Warriors undefeated on the season with a 58-32 rout of District 8C runner up Belt. The Warriors built a 23-12 advantage after the first quarter and held Belt to just two second-quarter points for a 32-14 halftime lead. Heart Butte shot 48-percent from the field and outrebounded Belt 40-24.

Shylon Spoonhunter brings the ball up court. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

Sunburst 61, North Star 51

Treyton Pickering had a big game on both sides of the ball, posting 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks in a 61-51 win over North Star. Pickering set the tone with five emphatic blocks in the first quarter, and Michael Buckley played closer for the Refiners with a game-high 18 points, including 12 in the second half. Dylan Miller and Devon Miller led North Star with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Treyton Pickering had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 blocks in a win over North Star. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

Great Falls Central 91, Denton-Geyser-Stanford 80

Five Mustangs players scored in double figures led by a game-high 26 from Ethan Vincent to lead the Great Falls Central boys to a 91-80 shootout win over Denton-Geyser-Stanford. Luke Marmon scored 19 points for the Mustangs, and Noah Ambuehl added 16. The Bearcats were led by Kordell Carpenter with 19 points and Riley Donaldson with 18. Great Falls Central will face Sunburst in the semifinals on Thursday night.

Coach Eric Vincent talks to the GFCC Mustangs during a timeout. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

GIRLS

Turner 52, Heart Butte 44

Sarah Billmayer scored 26 points to lead all scorers and the Turner Tornadoes won their first divisional game since 1997 with a 52-44 win over Heart Butte. Melanie Watkins added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Turner while Cha’lissa Kipp led the Warriors with 11 points. The game was a play-in for the first round between two No. 3 seeds. Turner will now face defending Class C champion Belt Thursday at 11 a.m.

Sarah Billmayer scored 26 points for Turner in the school’s first win in over 30 years. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 62, Fort Benton 43

Brianna Bergum scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Tri-City Titans to a stunning win over District 9C champion Fort Benton, 62-43. The Longhorns were without stars Madi Thompson and Aspen Giese, who were out with injuries, and the lack of depth showed. Fort Benton led 26-24 at halftime but was outscored 28-9 in the third quarter. McKenzie Clark led Fort Benton with 14 points.

The Tri-City Titans shocked the Fort Benton Longhorns in the first round. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

Winnett-Grass Range 45, Simms 28

The Winnett-Grass Range Rams upset Disctrict 10C champion Simms 45-28 to set up an all 8C semifinal against Tri-City on Friday. Taylor Stahl led the Rams with 13 points and five rebounds. Elyssa Willikes had four points, six rebounds and five steals for Simms.