MISSOULA – The Missoula Big Sky girls stayed hot by hanging on in the end and the Missoula Sentinel boys stayed near the top of the standings with crosstown victories on Thursday afternoon.
The Big Sky girls started the doubleheader with three goals in the first half. Sentinel went on the attack after the break. Ashley McElmurry and Brittany Burman scored to cut the lead to one with 12 minutes left, but the Eagles hung on for the 3-2 victory.
Big Sky improves to 7-1-0 in conference play. The Eagles’ 21 points top Missoula Hellgate by three for the top spot in the Western AA at the moment. Sentinel remains in third place, falling to 3-2-2.
In the boys match, Sentinel took a while to get started against the struggling Eagles. The Spartans’ Cole Reimer scored the only goal in the first half on a shot that deflected in off a defender, but Sentinel pulled away in the second half to win 4-1.
Sentinel improves to 6-2-0 in league play and trails only unbeaten Missoula Hellgate in the Western AA. Big Sky is still searching for its first win of the season.