HAVRE — Kailee Oliverson and Rollie Worster were named the most valuable players of the 32nd annual Hi-Line Invitational Tournament (HIT) on Saturday at MSU-Northern’s Armory Gymnasium. Oliverson, a Twin Bridges senior, and Worster, a Missoula Hellgate sophomore, led their teams to the weekend’s championships.
The all-tournament teams are listed below, with game recaps from Saturday’s championship and consolation finals also below.
Girls all-star team
Cecille Veille-Box Elder
Kyle Olson-Three Forks
Lilly Gopher-Box Elder
Tylee Manuel-Billings West
Kailie Oliverson-Twin Bridges
Most Valuable Player-Kailie Oliverson-Twin Bridges
3-Point Champion-Kyle Olson-Three Forks
Assist Leader-Kamden Hilborn
Rebound Leader-Imani Bighorn-Poplar
Steals Leader-Lilly Gopher-Box Elder
Scoring Champion-Kailie Oliverson-Twin Bridges
Miss Hustle-Morgan Mason-Froid-Medicine Lake
Boys all-star team
Rollie Worster-Missoula Hellgate
Caleb Bellach-Manhattan Christian
Jesse Owens-Billings West
Ben Iron Eyes-Rocky Boy
Chrishon Dixon-Billings Central
Most Valuable Player-Rollie Worster-Missoula Hellgate
3-Point Champion-Tanner Goligoski-Hamilton
Assist Leader-Philip Malatare-Arlee
Rebound Leader-Philip Malatare-Arlee
Scoring Leader-Rollie Worster-Missoula Hellgate
Steals Leader-Will Mesteth-Arlee
Mr. Hustle-CJ Nelson-Scobey
Mr. Defense-Cade Tyson-Cade Tyson-Billings West
Slam Dunk Champion-Caleb Bellach-Manhattan Christian
Class C girls 99, Class B girls 81 (championship)
Oliverson, a University of Nevada commit, poured in 37 points during Saturday’s championship, helping the Class C all-stars defeat the Class B squad 99-81 for the weekend’s title. Oliverson made 15 of 23 field goals and corralled 13 rebounds to complete a double-double. Box Elder’s Cecilia Vielle added 14 points and seven rebounds in the win for the Class C team, which made 49 field goals in the contest.
Vielle’s state champion teammate Lilian Gopher was one of five Class C scorers in double figures, adding 13 points, three assists and two steals. Belt’s Dani Urick and Arlee’s Alyssia Vanderburg each scored 12 points in the win.
The Class B squad was led by Three Forks’ Kyle Olson, who scored 16 points, and Poplar’s Imani Bighorn who chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Class B team was out rebounded 45-34 in the defeat.
Florence’s Danielle Zahn added 12 points, four assists and one steal for the Class B all-stars, who also got 10 points each from Makenna Liles (Florence) and Aubrey McMaster (Jefferson).
Class C boys 95, Class AA boys 91 (championship)
State championship rivals Will Mesteth of Arlee and Caleb Bellach of Manhattan Christian combined for 58 points as the Class C all-stars held off their Class AA counterparts 95-91 in the boys championship game.
Mesteth, a two-time defending Class C champion, scored a game-high 31 points with the help of five 3-pointers. He also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win. Bellach, who has finished State C runner-up to Mesteth and Arlee the past two seasons, added 27 points and six rebounds.
Class C held the rebounding edge, 53-46, and won the battle of field goal percentage in the contest. The squad also had six steals and four blocks in the win.
State C MVP Phillip Malatare flirted with a triple-double, posting eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block.
Worster, the Montana Grizzly commit, led the Class AA all-stars with 27 points, 13 rebounds, one block, a steal and an assist. Billings West’s Jessie Owens had 17 points and seven assists, while the Kalispell Flathead duo of Sam Elliott and Tyler Johnson combined for 21 points and eight rebounds.
Class AA girls 103, Class A girls 80 (consolation)
Billings West’s TyLee Manuel had 29 points and six rebounds to lead the Class AA all-stars to a 103-80 win over the Class A all-stars in the girls consolation game on Saturday.
Manuel was 13-18 from the floor, and saw teammate Shayla Montague add 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals in the victory. Tylee’s sister TyRaa chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Class A was led by Dillon’s Brynley Fitzgerald, who scored 18 points in the loss. Ronan’s Micalann McCrea added 11 points and four rebounds, while state champion Marca Herron of Havre scored 10 points.
Class A boys 118, Class B boys 110 (consolation)
Seven Class A all-stars scored in double figures, led by Lewistown’s Jaden Graham’s 17, as the Class A squad defeated the Class B all-stars 118-110 in the boys consolation game on Saturday.
Graham made three of Class A’s 11 3-pointers, and got help from Belgrade’s Dawson Fowler, who scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds. Billings Central’s Chrishon Dixon (15), Hamilton’s Tanner Goligoski (14) and Lewistown’s Tanner Trafton (14) scored a combined 43 points in the win.
Rocky Boy’s Ben Iron Eyes led the Class B all-stars with 27 points and five 3-pointers, while his Northern Star teammate Kendall Windy Boy had 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Whitehall’s Max Feight and Malta’s Taylor Mathews each scored 18 in the loss. Shelby’s Aaron White had a team-high nine assists.