LAUREL – The third time was not the charm for Wibaux’s girls, and nobody is happier than Bridger.
Ekalaka beat Wibaux 61-41 Saturday in the Southern C girls basketball championship game, the third time the Bulldogs have beaten the Longhorns this season, which will allow Bridger to challenge Wibaux for the South’s second berth to the State C tournament.
Ekalaka started fast, taking a 19-6 lead after the first quarter. Wibaux closed the gap to just eight by halftime and stayed within single digits through the third, but Ekalaka pulled away again early in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Heather LaBree led the Bulldogs with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Four other players scored between seven and 11 points in the balanced effort.
Marni and Layni Schieffer combined for 31 of Wibaux’s 41 points, but the two shot just 12 of 32 from the field and committed 18 turnovers. Wibaux had 31 turnovers as a team and just 15 made field goals.
Earlier in the day, Bridger beat Melstone 46-31 in the consolation final. Since Bridger and Wibaux didn’t play each other during the tournament, there will be a challenge game Monday in Laurel. Tipoff time is still to be determined.