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Ronan basketball visits Polson in first round of rivalry clashes

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POLSON — The Polson Pirates and Lady Pirates hosted cross county and Northwestern A conference rivals Ronan Chiefs and Maidens at Linderman gym last Friday night.

The Pirates prevailed over the Chiefs 56-35, while the Maidens came away with a 65-41 victory over the Lady Pirates.

The Maidens raced out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, maintaining their lead for the rest of the contest.

For the Lady Pirates, Grace Simonich posted nine points followed by Ari Burke with eight and Lexi Wirz with three points.

Ronan Maiden Olivia Heiner led all scorers with 20 points, while LaReina Cordova booked 15 points. Leina Ulutoa had 13 points and Dani Coffman snagged a game high 10 rebounds.

Friday’s victory marked the Maidens’ 13th consecutive win in the rivalry series.

In the matchup between the Chiefs and Pirates, the game started out as an up-and-down-the-court, fast-paced affair that stayed close for the first quarter. 

Headed into the second quarter with a 10-7 three-point advantage, the Pirates outpaced the Chiefs 16-7 in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Colton Graham led the Pirates with a game high 24 points followed by Espn Fisher with 10 points.

For Ronan, Elijah Tonasket led with a team-high nine points followed by Ted Coffman with six points. 

Polson and Ronan played each other three times last season. The Pirates won the two regular season meetings with the Chiefs winning the third match up during the state tourney in an epic narrow one-point 38-37 loser out bracket battle.

The Pirates lead in the series over Ronan, 12-1. Polson has won ten straight regular-season contests and two postseason games against the Chiefs. 

Ronan will host the next cross county clash on Feb. 4. 

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