Capital, West share AA girls’ crown

Capital, West share AA girls’ crown

BOZEMAN — Billings West and Helena Capital were declared co-champions of the state Class AA high school girls’ basketball tournament in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse  Friday evening.

Montana High School Association Executive Director Mark Beckman announced the tourney suspended after Friday’s games due to preventative measures concerning the coronavirus outbreak after four presumptive positive tests were discovered in Montana Friday.

West and Capital won semifinal games and, therefore, became co-champions under the declaration. 

Capital topped Missoula Hellgate 48-36 and West beat Missoula Sentinel 48-30.

Billings West 48, Missoula Sentinel 30 — Billings West reached the championship game for what would’ve been the second straight year after falling 55-37 to Helena HIgh in last year’s final. Willa Albrecht scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win against Sentinel. Kendall Ellis had nine points and MacKenzie Rask in a well-rounded Golden Bear offense. West finished the season with a 20-2 record. Brooke Stayner and Lexi Deden hooped eight points each for Sentinel, which went 17-6. Charlie Johnson, son of former Butte Central great Ray J. Johnson, is the Golden Bears’ head coach.

Helena Capital 48,  Missoula Hellgate 36 — The semifinal was a repeat of last year’s consolation final, which Hellgate won. Capital avenged it behind the strong inside play of tall  twin sisters Dani and Paige Bartsch. Dani Bartsch scored 16 points and Paige Bartsch tallied 12. They also combined for 23 rebounds, 15 by Paige. Bailee Sayler of Hellgate scored a game-high 19 points.

Great Falls CMR 55, Billings Skyview 39 — The loser-out contest saw C.M. Russell of Great Falls take the victory behind 19 points by Kiely Gunderson, 12 by Chloe Pace and 11 by Allie Olsen. Gunderson also pulled down 14 rebounds and Olsen collected 12 as the Rustlers bossed the boards by a 37-26 margin. Brooke Berry was the points leader for Skyview with 17. Russell finished with a 13-10 record while Skyview wound up 10-13.

Kalispell Glacier 43, Bozeman 38 — Aubrie Rademacher was dominant in the paint as she gathered 20 rebounds and scored 15 points to pace Glacier’s win in the loser-out game. Rademacher was steady on both ends with 11 defensive boards and nine on the offensive end. Kenzie Williams scored 11 points and Elle Keller 10 for the Wolfpack, completing a 12-12 campaign. Bozeman led much of the game, but was hit by a scoring drought in the fourth quarter to get overtaken by the Wolfpack. Hawks leaders included Addi Ekstraom with 21 points and Macy Mayer with eight rebounds. Bozeman went 9-15 for the season.

— Compiled by Bruce Sayler for


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