Rams top Wildcats in State A opener

Billings Central blew a 19-5 lead in the opening game of the State Class A girls’ basketball tournament this afternoon at the Butte Civic Center.

The defending champions, though, regrouped and beat No. 1-ranked Columbia Falls 61-49 to advance to Friday’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal game.

The Rams will take on the winner of the Butte Central-Browning game. Columbia Falls heads to loser-out play.

Junior guard Allie Lucas scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Rams, who won despite being outscored 26-6 in the second quarter. Lucas also dished out seven assists and collected nine steals. Billings Central forced 31 turnovers.

Justyn Juhl scored 12 points, while Sammy Elliot tossed in 10.

Haley Belgrade scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats.

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