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St. Ignatius

SHELBY — The St Ignatius Boys and Girls varsity basketball teams traveled to Shelby to open their respective seasons Dec. 9 and 10.

The Lady Bulldogs opening game was against the Fairfield Lady Eagles, rolling to a 52-37 victory. St. Ignatius ran out to a 26-12 first half lead and never looked back. Cora Matt and Kooper Page led the scoring with 12 points apiece, while Izzy Evans and Kason Page added nine points and eight points, respectively. The Lady Bulldogs next faced the Cut Bank Wolves in a very tight game and came out winners 59-52. Matt and Evans had outstanding individual performances, scoring 17 a piece and ensuring the girls went home with a perfect start to the season.

The Bulldogs endured a more difficult start to their season, losing to Fairfield 73-42 and to Cut Bank 60-50. Zoran LaFrambois led all scorers in both games with 35 points against the Eagles and 22 points against the Wolves. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs next travel to Big Fork to face The Vikings on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


ARLEE — The Warriors and Scarlets hosted the Drummond Trojans Dec. 10 for their first home games for the season. The Warriors kept their perfect start to the season with their third straight win, overcoming Drummond 65-55. Dallas Swab led the scoring for the Warriors with 16 points, while Ben Old Person-Harlow and Ethan Fiddler adding 14 and 9, respectively.

The Scarlets led a great fourth quarter comeback after trailing most of the game only to come up short, losing 37-34. Princess Bolen led the scoring for The Scarlets with 13 points and Raven Parson added 11 of her own. The Warriors and Scarlets next host Missoula Loyola Dec. 16 starting at 6 p.m.


FRENCHTOWN — The Pirates and Lady Pirates traveled to Frenchtown to play Dillon and Corvallis in their opening games of the season Dec. 9 and 10. Both the girls and boys teams struggled against the Dillon Beavers, with the Lady Pirates losing 17-43 and the Pirates losing 42-78.

The Lady Pirates won their second game of the weekend against the Corvallis Blue Devils 46-34. Mila Hawk and Grace Simonich led Polson’s scoring with 12 a piece while Addyson Gallafin scored 10 of her own to round out their trip to Frenchtown on a high.

The Pirates were also able to win their next game, overcoming the Blue Devils 63-56. Although Corvallis was able to race out to lead the first quarter, Polson came back strong at the end of each half with a 21-point second quarter and a 24-point fourth quarter. The Pirates and Lady Pirates next host the Hamilton Broncs Dec. 13, starting at 6 p.m.


CHARLO — The Lady Vikings and Vikings traveled to Deer Lodge Dec. 9 with both coming out on top.

The Vikings fell behind in the first quarter to the Wardens but led 33-28 at halftime. After still only being up three at the end of the third, Charlo outscored Deer Lodge 20-8 in the fourth to run away with the 66-49 victory.

The Lady Vikings lead the entire game, dominating on both the offensive and defensive sides, winning 52-31.


FRENCHTOWN — The Chiefs and Maidens traveled to Frenchtown Dec. 9 and 10 with each playing the Hamilton Broncs and the East Helena Vigilantes.

The Chiefs kicked off their season against the Broncs, coming up short of the victory 59-67. Marlo Tonasket led the team with 17 points and Josiah Misa added 16 of his own. Elija Tonasket was also in double digits with 12 points, while Kplby Finley scored 9 more.The Chiefs were able to bounce back against the Vigilantes, winning 61-45. E. Tonasket led the team with 15 points, while Ted Coffman scored 12 in what was a great team performance.

The Maidens also fell in their opening game against the Broncs 45-72. Olivia Heiner led the scoring for the Maidens with 12 points, and Leina Ulutoa and Margaret Cordova added 11 each. The Maidens and Vigilantes played an outstandingly close game with Ronan coming out second best 55-58. L. Ulutoa had an outstanding individual performance with 19 points and Heiner adding 14 of her own. 

The Chiefs and Maidens next travel to Libby to take on the loggers Dec. 15 with games starting at 6 p.m.

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