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Eastern A girls: Favorites Havre, Laurel win openers

Posted at 6:19 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 16:29:52-05

BILLINGS – So far, so good for the two top seeds at the Eastern A girls divisional tournament.

Havre and Laurel each won first round games at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark Wednesday afternoon, advancing to Friday’s semifinals.

Glendive gave the Blue Ponies a test. The Red Devils led 16-11 early in the second quarter before Havre closed the half on a 19-2 run to take a 30-18 lead.

Glendive got as close as five early in the fourth quarter, but Havre scored six points in 45 seconds to go up 44-31 with under four minutes to play. Havre went on to win, 46-35.

Kyndall Keller and Kadia Miller led the Blue Ponies with 12 points each, though Havre only shot 34.7 percent as a team. The key was turnovers – Havre forced 26, led by six steals from Sadie Filius.

Mya Hansen cleans her shoes before Laurel’s Eastern A divisional first round game against Miles City. (CASEY CONLON / MTN Sports)

Laurel’s girls, meanwhile, stifled Miles City, holding the Cowgirls to just 17 points through three quarters, on their way to a 49-31 win.

The Locomotives forced 18 turnovers and only committed six. Freshman Mya Hansen led all scorers with 19 points. Gracey Willis added 14. Mackenzie Rask led Miles City with 12.

Girls semifinals are set for 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday.

You can find all divisional scores here.