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Maidens claim second place at Western A divisionals, head to state

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BUTTE — The Ronan Maidens collected a Western A divisional girls’ basketball tournament second-place trophy and a bracket slot in the upcoming State Class A tournament this past weekend.

Playing in the opening round in the Western A Divisional tournament held at the Butte Central Maroon Center on Thursday, the Maidens had no trouble defeating the host Butte Central Lady Maroons 61-43.

Scoring a game-high 17 points, Jaylea Lunceford led the Maidens followed by LaReina Cordova with 11 points.

Friday’s evening semifinal action saw the Maidens wallop the Hamilton Lady Broncs 54-32. 

Maiden Danielle Coffman led all shooters with a game-high 13 points on the night, while Jaeleigh Gatch chipped in 11.

In the championship game on Saturday night, the undefeated Columbia Fall Wildkats held off the Maidens 59-54.

Lunceford and Areanna Burke teamed up for 22 of the Maidens’ total points, scoring 11 apiece. Also for the Maidens, Olivia Heiner scored 10 points on the night.

The state tournament begins on Wednesday in Great Falls at the Four Seasons Arena. The 12-8 Maidens are scheduled to challenge, in the first round, the 13-4 Hardin Lady Bulldogs.

Western A Divisional girls’ basketball, Butte Central Maroon Center

 

First round

Butte Central Maroons 43

Ronan Maidens 61

Butte Central    5   19   10     9  –  43

Ronan            16   16   15   14  –  61

RONAN – LaReina Cordova 11; Danielle Coffman 5; Areanna Burke 8; Madeline McCrea 4; Jaylea Lunceford 17;  Margaret Cordova 2; Leina Ulutoa 7; Jaeleigh Gatch 7.

 

Semifinals

Ronan Maidens 54 

Hamilton Lady Broncs 32

Ronan       12 12 15 15 – 54

Hamilton    10   6   7   9 –  32

RONAN – LaReina Cordova 7; Danielle Coffman 13; Areanna Burke 6; Jaylea Lunceford 9; Leina Ulutoa 4; Jaeleigh Gatch 11; Olivia Heiner 4.

 

Championship

Columbia Falls Wildkats 59

Ronan Maidens 54

Columbia Falls  13 18 11 17 – 59

Ronan              10 10 18 16 – 54

RONAN — LaReina Cordove 6, Danielle Coffman 9, Areanna Burke 11, Jaylea Lunceford 11, Margaret Cordova 3, Jaeleigh Gatch 4, Olivia Heiner 10. 

 

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