Roy-Winifred advances to Northern C Divisional championship game
Roy-Winifred’s Jada Goettlich puts up a three against Winnett-Grass Range on Thursday night in semi-final action at the Northern C Divisional Basketball Tournament. Photo by Doreen Heintz
Roy-Winifred, under the direction of Co-Coaches Marietta Boyce and Mauri Ellness, won their first two games at the Northern C Divisional Basketball Tournament. In an opening-round game, the Lady Outlaws scored a 37-32 win over the Lady Longhorns from Fort Benton. In the late game on Thursday night, the Lady Outlaws defeated their District 8C rivals from Winnett-Grass Range, 40-31, in semi-final action. The win vaulted the Lady Outlaws into a showdown on Friday night in the Northern C Divisional Girls’ championship contest. The Thursday game did not conclude until 10:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Winnett-Grass Range had to win two games on Wednesday to advance to the semifinal contest against Roy-Winifred. At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the Lady Rams defeated North Star, 44-26, and then at 4 p.m. upset the top seed from District 10C, Great Falls Central, 52-40.
Prior to the Winnett-Grass Range versus Roy-Winifred game on Thursday, Lady Ram Coach Vic Westphal said, “At least we don’t have to scout them.”
The Thursday game marked the fourth time the two opponents have played each other this season. And the result has been the same each time – a Lady Outlaw win.
On Thursday evening, both teams got off to slow starts offensively. After Winnett-Grass Range went up 3-2 on two Brynn Jolma free throws, the Lady Outlaws scored the next 7 points to take a 9-3 lead. Westphal called a quick timeout with only 36 seconds left in the first quarter. Sydney Browning scored on a free throw, and the first quarter ended with the Lady Outlaws on top, 9-4.
During second-quarter action, a Dyauni Boyce field goal off an in-bounds pass to put the Lady Outlaws a 19-10 advantage. At halftime, the Lady Outlaws had doubled up against the Lady Rams, leading 24-12.
In the third period, Roy-Winifred continued to lead by double digits. The Lady Rams began showing the effects from the two games they played on Wednesday. Midway through the third quarter, the Lady Outlaws enjoyed a 33-18 lead.
After a Roy-Winifred timeout, Westphal put his team into a full-court pressing defense. The defense seemed to ignite the Lady Rams as the score went from a 33-22 Lady Outlaw lead to 35-28 at the end of the third period.
The fourth quarter was a free-throw shooting contest for the Lady Outlaws. They went to the line 12 times, but only were able to convert five of them. The Lady Rams only scored once in the final eight minutes – on a 3-point basket by Piper Johnson.
Keyara Bahnmiller, niece of Coach Boyce, led the Lady Outlaws in scoring with 13 points. Bahnmiller went 7 for 9 from the free-throw line. Senior Lorianne Stulc had 11 points in the win.
Kita Weingart led Winnett-Grass Range with 8 points. She was followed by Johnson with 7.
Lady Rams win twice on Wednesday
Winnett-Grass Range had an early morning wakeup call on Wednesday. The Lady Rams took on North Star and came away with a 44-26 win. Brynn Jolma led the Lady Ram attack with 17 points. Sydney Browning followed with 9.
The win moved the Lady Rams into a game against the once defeated Lady Mustangs of Great Falls Central. After Great Falls Central took a 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Rams scored 13 points in the second period and held the Lady Mustangs to 4 points in the period. A strong fourth quarter by the Lady Rams gave Winnett-Grass Range the upset win, 52-40.
Johnson scored 18 points in the win. Joining her in double figures were Browning and Jolma with 12 each.
Roy-Winifred scores win over Fort Benton
Even though no Lady Outlaw scored in double figures in their win over Fort Benton on Wednesday, Roy-Winifred used a very balanced scoring attack to take a 37-32 win over District 9 runner-up Fort Benton.
Stulc led the Lady Outlaws in scoring with 9 points. She was followed with 7 points from Kaylie Carlstrom, and Jada Goettlich and Dyauni Boyce with 6 points each.
Fort Benton upsets Box Elder Friday morning
The Lady Bears of Box Elder fought Belt basket-for-basket in the first semi-final girls’ game on Thursday, but the Lady Huskies prevailed in the end, 63-60. The loss by the Lady Bears moved them into a loser-out contest Friday morning against Fort Benton. A Lady Longhorn upset over Box Elder, 36-32, moved Fort Benton into the consolation game against Winnett-Grass Range, who defeated North Star, 60-26, in the other loser-out contest. Being Roy-Winifred has beaten both Fort Benton and Winnett-Grass Range, the Lady Outlaws are guaranteed a trip to the Class C State Tournament, which begins next Thursday, March 2, at the Belgrade Special Events Center.