Billings West girls pull away for semifinal victory

Billings West girls pull away for semifinal victory

GREAT FALLS — Billings West used a big second half this afternoon to knock off Great Falls High 46-23 at the CMR Fieldhouse. (Stats)

The win sends the Golden Bears (18-1) to the Saturday’s 6 p.m. semifinal between the winner of tonight’s Butte High-Great Falls Russell semifinal. It also secures a spot in next week’s Class AA State tournament at the Butte Civic Center.

The Bears outscored the Bison 30-8 in the second half to break open a game that West led 16-15 at halftime.

TyRaa Manuel scored 12 points to lead West. Shayla Montague scored 10 points, while Tylee Manuel and Maddie Albrecht each tossed in seven, and Wila Albrecht scored six.

Erin Watt scored nine points to lead the Bison (7-13), who will play Bozeman in Saturday’s 9:30 a.m. loser-out game at the Paris Gibson Middle School.

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