Charlo boys, girls finish runner ups at district 14C tourney
RONAN — On Saturday evening, playing in the 14C District tournament championship held in Ronan, the Charlo Vikings and Lady Vikings placed second, earning automatic berths into the Western C Divisional tournament hosted in Frenchtown this weekend.
The Superior Lady Bobcats narrowly prevailed over the Lady Vikings 34-32, while the Vikings lost a 51-50 nail-biter to the St. Regis Tigers.
Entering the tournament on Thursday as the number one seeded team, the Lady Vikings opened the tourney with a first-round bye.
On Friday, the Lady Vikings easily outpaced the Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat by a 20-plus point margin 42-21.
Mila Hawk led the Lady Vikings in scoring with a game high 17 points.
Facing the Superior Lady Bobcats in the championship game on Saturday, both squads were equally matched offensively and defensively throughout the first half of play, with Charlo taking a slim four-point 16-12 lead into the locker room at the half.
Hawk sank a short jumper as time expired in the third quarter sending both teams deadlocked at 22-22 into the fourth quarter.
At mid-point of the fourth quarter, the Lady Vikings held a 29-25 advantage, however a 9-3 scoring surge by the Lady Bobcats secured Superior the win and the district championship.
Kassidi Cox scored a Lady Vikings team high nine points followed by Hawk with eight points.
After enjoying a first-round bye as the number two seed, the Vikings were led by Keaton Piedalue and Coyle Nagy, who scored 14 points apiece in a 55-43 victory over the Hot Spring Savage Heat in semifinal action on Friday evening.
Wesley Anderson chipped in with 11 points for the Vikings.
On Saturday, in the chipper against the St. Regis Tigers, the Tigers controlled the game throughout the first three quarters leading the Vikings by as much a 13-point margin at one point in the first half.
With a little under three minutes remaining in the game, the Tigers held off a 9-3 scoring surge by the Vikings for the win.
Piedalue led the Vikings with 13 points followed by Tucker Love with 11.
Also in 14C District tourney action, the Two Eagle River Eagles grabbed a fourth place finish in a 63-45 loss Saturday to the Hot Springs Savage Heat. Thomas Spotted Eagle scored a team high 20 points.
On the Lady Eagles side of the court, Sarah Gardipe posted a team high 10 points followed by Tavae Goodluck with nine points in a 49-27 loser out game loss to the Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat Saturday morning.
In the opening rounds on Thursday, both Goodluck and Gardipe scored a team high eight points apiece in a 61-27 loss to the St. Regis Lady Tigers.