Froid/Medicine Lake got its revenge a year later.
The Redhawks topped Twin Bridges 41-34 Saturday night in the consolation final of the state Class C high school girls’ basketball tournament at the Butte Civic Center. Medicine Lake received the third-place trophy for the win and avenged a 45-40 loss to the Falcons in last year’s state consolation final.
Three players hit for double figures in scoring to lead Froid/Medicine Lake, which led from the 5-minute, 24-second mark of the fourth quarter. Sydney Dethman, a 6-foot-2 freshman who came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points scored off a pass from Morgan Mason for a 30-29 edge over Twin Bridges. The layup ignited a 7-0 run with Mason tallying four points in it, on a pullup jumper and two free throws. She and 6-1 junior Mackenzie Dethman, Sydney’s older sister, each scored 10 points in the win.
Twin Bridges fought back to within 35-34 on a drive for the basket by 6-3 senior Kailee Oliverson and a 3-point shot from the corner by Raeanne Bendon. The clock showed 1:54 left in the game.
Sydney Dethman went 3-for-4 from tbe foul line over the next minute as the Redhawks opened a four-point lead, 38-34. Oliverson was grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw and then just missed on a floater at the Falcons’ end. Sydney Dethman grabbed the rebound.
A scurry for the ball occurred in the Froid/Medicine Lake frontcourt and Twin Bridges nearly had a steal, but a Falcon fell to the floor in the scramble and another tripped over her, leaving two Twin Bridges players on the hardwood trying to get back into the fray.
Tawnee Robertson of the Redhawks wound up being fouled by Oliverson and meshed the second of two free throws with only 14 seconds to go. The difference was 39-34. Robertson added a fast-break basket at the buzzer after a Twin Bridges miss that wouldn’t have made up the necessary ground, anyway.
The Redhawks finished their season at 21-6. Mackenzie Dethman had 11 rebounds as Froid/Medicine Lake outboarded the Falcons 37-24.
Twin Bridges finished in fourth place and with a shiny 24-4 record. Oliverson, headed for Nevada to play Division I college basketball, scored 19 points, yanked down 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Bendon wound up with 11 points and played a sterling floor game.
— By Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com