MALTA — Wolf Point’s big three was too much for Cut Bank to handle Friday evening as the eastern Hi-Line Wolves downed the western Hi-Line Wolves 54-23 in the Northern B girls basketball semifinal contest. Wolf Point advances to Saturday’s divisional championship game.
Mya Fourstar scored a game-high 14 points, Imani Bighorn and Mary Bighorn added 12 points each and combined for 23 rebounds as Wolf Point vaulted to a 31-5 lead at halftime, limiting Cut Bank to a single field goal and pair of free throws in the first 16 minutes.
Fourstar went 5 of 8 from the field, grabbed three rebounds and pressured the Cut Bank guards, helping force 19 turnovers in the contest. Cut Bank was a dismal 6 of 51 from the floor, just shy of 12 percent. Madison Seifert and Jaycee Frydenlund had four points each in the loss.
Wolf Point meets District 2B rival Harlem for the divisional crown on Saturday evening after the Wildcats pulled away from host Malta in the second half of a 45-34 semifinal victory.
L’Tia Lawrence netted 20 points and snagged 11 rebounds for Harlem, which led 19-13 at halftime. Skylee Dirden chipped in with 13 points and Taya Trottier added nine for the Wildcats, which are scheduled to tip off against Wolf Point at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Malta was led by Erica Smith’s 12 points, while Carly Garfield added 10 points and nine boards. The M’ettes face rival Glasgow in loser-out action at 9:30 a.m., while Cut Bank and Fairfield follow around 11 a.m. The winners of the two loser-out games will meet in the consolation at 6:30 p.m. with the winner guaranteed a trip to the State B tournament in Belgrade March 7-9.
Harlem and Wolf Point each clinched berths in the state bracket by advancing to Saturday’s finals.