Lady Outlaws wrangle win over Savage

Roy-Winifred’s Brietta Boyce prepares to shoot a 3-point basket during the Northern C Divisional championship game against Belt. Boyce had 16 points, including four 3-point baskets, in the Lady Outlaws’ win over Savage on Thursday evening at the Class C Girls’ State Basketball Tournament being played in Belgrade.                                                                                     

Photo by Doreen Heintz

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Behind the red-hot shooting of Brietta Boyce in the first quarter and the foul shooting of Lorianne Stulc throughout the contest, Roy-Winifred scored a 54-48 win over Savage, the number one seed from the Eastern Divisional. The game at the Class C State Tournament being played at the Special Events Center in Belgrade was the final first-round game of the tournament.
The Lady Outlaws jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. After Karlie Carlstrom hit the first field goal of the contest, Boyce scored the next 8 points on a 2-point field goal and two 3-point scores. Savage did not score its first points of the game until Soda Rice hit a field goal at the 4:22 mark of the first period. Rice, who scored a game-high 24 points for the Lady Warriors, hit a 3-point bucket later in the period. By the time the first quarter ended, Savage was back in the game with Roy-Winifred holding a 1-point lead, 12-11.
The Lady Outlaws increased their defensive pressure in the second quarter. Savage did not score in the second quarter until Haylie Conradsen hit a field goal with 45 seconds left in the second period.
Meanwhile, Boyce hit her third 3-point score to up the Roy-Winifred lead to 15-11. A short time later Boyce added a field goal off a missed shot. On Roy-Winifred’s next possession, Boyce hit another three to give her 16 points for the game. The Lady Outlaws also enjoyed a 20-11 lead. A 3-point bucket by 5-3 freshman Olivia Geer upped the Roy-Winifred advantage to 23-12. A free throw by Stulc and two free throws from Cassie Smith gave the Lady Outlaws a 26-12 lead.
After Conradsen’s field goal, Smith scored on another free throw and Keyara Bahnmiller scored on a field goal. Conradsen hit two free throws in the waning seconds of the first half, but Roy-Winifred enjoyed a 29-16 lead at halftime.
Carlstrom hit a bucket to begin the scoring for the Lady Outlaws in the second half. Roy-Winifred looked to be cruising to a first-round win when Savage mounted a big comeback.
The Lady Warrior trapping defense began giving the Lady Outlaws some trouble. Several Roy-Winifred turnovers led to some easy baskets by Savage. At the end of the third period, Roy-Winifred held a 39-30 lead.
Rice scored the first points of the fourth quarter. After Bahnmiller scored on a layup for Roy-Winifred, the Lady Warriors scored the next 5 points to cut the lady Outlaw lead to 37-41. At the six-minute mark of the fourth period, Rice scored an old-fashioned 3-point play after grabbing an offensive rebound, scoring a field goal and making the free throw when she was fouled. The scoreboard read: Lady Outlaws 41, Lady Warriors 40.
Savage took its first, and only lead, of the game when Rice connected on two more free throws. The Lady Outlaws were able to retake the lead when Jada Goettlich hit a 2-point bucket and Dyauni Boyce scored on a field goal and free throw for a 3-point play. With just over four minutes left in the contest, Roy-Winifred held a 46-42 lead. Two possessions later, the Lady Outlaws began to milk the clock. Because Savage had not committed seven fouls in the second half, the Lady Outlaws did not go to the free-throw line when fouled. Rice had to commit her fourth foul of the contest to send Stulc to the free-throw line with just 1:34 left on the clock. Stulc hit one of her two free throws to up the Lady Outlaw lead to 47-42.
When Dyauni Boyce committed her fifth foul of the game at the Savage end of the court, Conradsen went to the line with her team in the double bonus, but she missed both free throws. Stulc grabbed the rebound off the second miss and was immediately fouled. The Lady Outlaw senior made the long walk to the other end of the floor and calmly sank both of her free throws. A 3-point bucket by Conradsen cut the Roy-Winifred lead to 49-45 with 26 ticks left on the clock. After back-to-back timeouts by Savage and Roy-Winifred, Goettlich was fouled, and she too canned both of her free throws. Savage was called for traveling on its next possession. Again the Lady Warriors were forced to foul. Stulc got a shooter’s roll on her first free throw but missed her second. Roy-Winifred came away with the offensive rebound on the miss, and Stulc was fouled again. With 12 seconds on the clock, Stulc made both free throws. A Conradsen 3-point bucket as the buzzer sounded made the final score: Roy-Winifred 54, Savage 48.
The win moved Roy-Winifred into a Friday evening semi-final game against Arlee. Arlee had defeated Harlowton in the third first-round contest, 34-23. The other semi-final game on Friday featured Twin Bridges versus Belt. Twin Bridges moved into the semi-final contest with a 42-31 win over Broadview-Lavina on Thursday. Belt disposed of Froid-Medicine Lake, 41-28, in the other first-round matchup. The two winners of the Friday semi-final contests advance to Saturday night’s championship contest.

Roy-Winifred 54,
Savage 48
Savage   11   5   14 18-48
R-W       12  17  10  15-54

Savage: Soda Rice 24, Haylie Conradsen 14, Lexi Joslin 1, Reghan Prevost 2, Brynn Salsbury 5, Ashlind Conradsen 2. Totals: 15 13-21 48. 3-point buckets: Conradesen 4, Rice 1. Rebounds 24 (Rice 7, Conradsen 5). Fouls 22.
Roy-Winifred: Brietta Boyce 16, Lorianne Stulc 15, Cassie Smith 3, Jada Goettlich 4, Kaylie Carlstrom 4, Oliva Geer 3, Keyara Bahnmiller 4, Dyauni Boyce 5.  Totals: 18 13-19 54. 3-point buckets: Geer 1, B. Boyce 4. Rebounds: 23 (Stulc 4, B. Boyce 4, Bahnmiller 4). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: B. Boyce, D. Boyce.



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