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State C girls: Wibaux, Ekalaka win Friday loser-out games

Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 17:53:25-05
Ekalaka players Heidi LaBree (4), Cody Melton (1) and Gracie Tooke (30) celebrate the Bulldogs’ win over Charlo in Friday’s loser-out action. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

GREAT FALLS — Ekalaka used a 21-7 advantage in the third quarter to help the Bulldogs to a 58-41 win over Charlo in a Friday loser-out girls basketball game at the Class C state tournament at Pacific Steel & Recycling Four Seasons Arena.

The Bulldogs led 26-24 at halftime, but they exploded for 21 third-quarter points, ultimately building a 19-point lead in the period. Charlo got back within 11 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the gap, as Ekalaka extended its season at least one more game.

Hannah LaBree scored 15 points for the Bulldogs, who also got 12 points from Whitney Kittelmann, eight from Heather LaBree and seven each from Tori Tooke and Kari Kittelmann. The Bulldogs were 3 of 6 on 3-pointers in the second half as they opened up their double-digit lead.

Ekalaka will next play either Roy-Winifred or Scobey in a 9:30 a.m. loser-out game Saturday.

Charlo’s season comes to a close with Friday’s loss. The Vikings got 15 points from Destiny Manuel and 14 from Kaitlin Cox.

Stats: Ekalaka 58, Charlo 41

Wibaux 64, Arlee 59

Marni Schieffer had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds and Layni Schieffer added her own double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to help Wibaux to a 64-59 win over Arlee in a loser-out game Friday at the Class C girls basketball state tournament at Pacific Steel & Recycling Four Seasons Arena.

The Longhorns built a 39-28 halftime lead and grew the advantage to 42-28 early in the third before Arlee battled back to provide fans with the first close game of the tournament. The Scarlets outscored Wibaux 24-11 in the third quarter to take a 52-50 lead going to the fourth.

All four of Thursday’s first-round games were decided by at least 15 points, but Arlee and Wibaux played a closely contested game over the final eight minutes of Friday’s matchup, ultimately battling to a 59-all tie. Marni Schieffer broke the tie with a three-point play on a layup, and the Longhorns secured the win to extend their season. Ceara Miske added 18 points for Wibaux, which will face Box Elder or Savage in a loser-out game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Arlee got 19 points from Alyssia Vanderburg, 18 from Louetta Conko-Camel and 14 from Nellie Desjarlais in its final game of the 2018-19 basketball season.

Stats: Wibaux 64, Arlee 59

Coach Travis Bertelsen and the Wibaux bench celebrate a 64-59 loser-out win over Arlee at the Class C girls state basketball tournament. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)