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Missoula Big Sky boys shock rival Sentinel; Spartan girls race past Eagles

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Posted at 12:11 AM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 11:35:55-05

MISSOULA -- For just their second win of the season, the Missoula Big Sky boys won in dramatic fashion as the Eagles shocked crosstown rival Sentinel on Friday evening, 49-45, at Sentinel High School.

Seniors Ben Maehl and Everett Fred each scored 14 points for the Eagles, who led 39-33 heading into the fourth quarter and held off a late Sentinel rally for the win.

"The boys came into the game on a mission," first-year Big Sky coach Ryan Hansen told MTN Sports. "It was a complete team effort with everyone who went into the game contributing to the win. Several times Sentinel came back and tied it up and my boys responded every time.

"I felt like we won the game with our defense and it was just a great effort on that end of the floor. I tell the boys all the time that I have never seen a team with a record like ours and still step on the court and play the way they do. Every coach’s goal is to play their (best) basketball at the end of the season and I feel like we are."

Alex Germer led Sentinel with 17 points. For the Spartans, it was just their third loss on the season.

In the girls game, Sentinel cruised with a 65-22 victory over Big Sky for the season sweep. Lexi Deden scored 22 points to lead the Spartans while CC Size added 12.

Erin Murphy led Big Sky with 13 points.