Arlee, Mission open prep basketball season against familiar foes
ST. IGNATIUS – The Arlee and Mission boys and girls prep basketball squads made their regular-season home debuts this past weekend.
On Friday, the Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted Charlo Vikings and Lady Vikings in a non-conference contest. In the opening game, Lady Bulldog Sydney Brander and Lady Viking Carlee Fryberger hit a combined 11 three-point shots, although Charlo won 48-42. Brander, a junior, made seven three-pointers. Fryberger nailed four three pointers for a Lady Vikings team high 15 points. Connor Fryberger followed with 14 points.
In the boys game, Mission prevailed over Charlo 64-28 as the Bulldogs outpaced the Vikings 16-2 in the first quarter and led 31-8 as both teams headed into the locker room at the half.
Jedi Christy netted a season and game high 30 points for the Bulldogs. Roper Edwards and Keaton Piedalue tallied team-high six points for the Vikings.
On Saturday, the Ronan Chiefs and Maidens headed south in a non-conference game against the Arlee Warriors and Scarlets. Shooting a phenomenal 72 percent on the night, the Maidens defeated the hosting Scarlets, 61-12. Scoring double-figures for the Maidens were Jaylea Lunceford with 16 points and Regan Clairmont with 11 points. Peyton Lammerding led the Scarlets with a team high 16 points.
In Saturday’s nightcap, Zarec Couture scored 17 points to help the Ronan Chiefs beat the Arlee Warriors 60-47 on the road.
Leonard Burke contributed 16 points for the Chiefs, who got back on track after Thursday’s home loss to Hamilton.
Both teams played a tight back-and-forth game in the first two quarters; however, an 18-8 third-quarter scoring outburst by the Chiefs put the game out of reach for the Warriors. David Haynes had 14 points and Cody Tanner scored 11 to lead the Warriors in their second consecutive straight loss on the season.