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Northern B girls: Top seeds advance on day one in Cut Bank

Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 01, 2018

Wolf Point 44, Shelby 35

Semarah Wells scored a game high 17 points and pulled in 12 rebounds to lead Wolf Point to a 44-35 win over Shelby in the first round of the Northern B girls tournament.

The Wolves trailed 25-24 at halftime, but outscored the Coyotes 20-10 in the second half to pull out the win. Aubry Ziloski added nine points and Abby Juve scored 8 for Wolf Point.

Abby Aklestad led Shelby with 14 points. Skyler Martin scored 8 points and Brielle Aklestad led the Coyotes on the boards with seven rebounds.

Shelby had the advantage for most of the first half, leading by 8 midway through the first quarter. Wolf Point clawed back and built a 10 point lead near the end of the third quarter, holding off the Coyotes the rest of the way.

Wolf Point moves on to face Fairfield in the 6:30 p.m. semifinal on Friday, Shelby will face Harlem in loser out action at 1 p.m.

Fairfield 47, Harlem 32

The defending Class B champion Fairfield girls are one step closer to a return trip to state after a 47-32 win over Harlem at the Northern B girls divisional in Cut Bank.

Kenna Pitcher led the Eagles with 20 points and four steals, hitting 10-of-11 shots from the free throw line. Naemi Wipf scored 11 points and added six blocks, while Kaitlyn Jones logged 10 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles.

The Lady Cats were led in scoring by L’Tia Lawrence and Skylee Dirden with 10 points apiece. Lawrence, the high scoring sophomore, was held scoreless in the second half.

The game was close throughout with Fairfield leading just 32-28 entering the fourth quarter. But a 15-4 advantage in the final frame sealed the win for the Eagles.

Fairfield will face Wolf Point Friday in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m., while Harlem moves to loser out action against Shelby.

Rocky Boy 62, Malta 48

Four Rocky Boy players scored in double figures, and the Northern Stars advanced to the Northern B semifinals with a 62-48 win over Malta.

Adrienne Gopher led all scorers with 18 points and six rebounds, Sean Henry added 16 points, Sasha Coffee 13 and Jaylynn Mitchell pitched in 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Rocky Boy trailed 44-38 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the M-Ettes 24-4 in the final frame to avoid the upset.

Janessa Malmend led Malta with nine points and 10 rebounds. Erica Smith scored eight points and Kloie Marks added seven including a buzzer beating three at halftime to tie the game at 26.

Rocky Boy attempted 30 three points shots, connecting on 10 of them. The game featured eight ties and nine lead changes.

The Morning Stars move on to face Poplar in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m., while Malta will face Cut Bank at 2:30 p.m.

Poplar 64, Cut Bank 45

Alleen Russell and Imani Big Horn stuffed the stat sheet in a 64-45 win over Cut Bank Thursday night at the Northern B girls tournament.

Russell posted a double-double with a game high 20 points and 10 steals, while Big Horn dominated the paint on offense and defense with 17 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks.

Madison Seifert led the Wolves with 20 points on 8-of-21 shooting, but Cut Bank only shot 23-percent from the field for the game.

Cut Bank jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the first quarter, but Poplar closed the gap to tie the Wolves at 12 entering the second. The Indians outscored Cut Bank 22-9 in the second for a 34-21 lead and never looked back.

Poplar will face Rocky Boy in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m., Cut Bank will face Malta in loser out action at 2:30 p.m.