BUTTE – Froid-Medicine Lake exacted revenge for last year’s loss in the State C girls consolation game. After losing to Twin Bridges last year, the Redhawks knocked off the Falcons 41-34 to claim the third place trophy Saturday night in Butte.
“I’m really at a loss of words right now,” Froid-Medicine Lake head coach Lance Brekke said following the win. “That’s a great team. I couldn’t be more proud of (my girls)
“After losing last year, we really wanted to end on a high-note,” Froid-Medicine Lake senior guard Morgan Mason said. “We came out just wanting to avenge that last year’s game, so we came out with fire in our hearts that we wanted to win and go out with a bang.”
The Redhawks led for nearly the entirety of the game, but RaeAnn Bendon brought the Falcons to within 35-34 with just 1:50 to play after knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner. Froid-Medicine Lake scored the final six points of the game to finish off the victory, stifling the Falcons’ offense in the process.
Junior Mackenzie Dethman registered a double-double for the Redhawks, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Mackenzie’s freshman sister Sydney Dethman had a team-high 13 points.
Nevada commit Kailee Oliverson had another double-double to lead Twin Bridges, scoring 19 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
“We know their key players, so we really tried to key on them and not get spread out too far and let them play their game,” Mason said. “That was the main thing — play our defense and hopefully we can score on the other end.”
Froid-Medicine Lake out-rebounded Twin Bridges 37-24 and attempted 19 foul shots to just eight for the Falcons.
The victory gives Froid-Medicine Lake their first State C girls trophy in program history.
“Morgan (Mason) and Tawnee (Robertson) are awesome kids, they work hard, they’ll do anything for the team, they’re awesome teammates to have first and foremost, and as a bonus they’re pretty good ball players, too,” Brekke said. “I’m going to miss them a lot. It’s an emotional time, it’s bittersweet to see them go.”