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HELENA — Following are game recaps of the Western AA Divisional basketball tournaments at the Carroll College P.E. Center.

Stories for games involving Butte High will be separate.

(Boys bracket; Girls bracket)

BOYS
Friday
Semifinals
Helena Capital 60, Helena High 44
Missoula Big Sky 55, Missoula Hellgate 49

Stat sheets from the semifinal games are not available.

The Bruins and Eagles advance to Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. championship game. Helena High and Missoula Hellgate will play in 9:30 a.m. loser-out games. Helena High will take on Butte High at Helena Capital, while Hellgate will battle Kalispell Glacier at the P.E. Center.

Loser-out
Kalispell Glacier 54, Kalispell Flathead 26
Nine Glacier players scored points as the Wolfpack kept their season alive with the lopsided victory. (Stats)

Connor Sullivan led the way with 10 points. Zavier Stout scored four points off the bench, and Kysen Wagner tossed in eight for Glacier (10-10), which advances to Saturday’s loser-out round.

Glacier led 21-2 after the first quarter, and the 40-point mercy rule came into effect in the third quarter.

Drew Lowry and Gavin Chouinard each scored five points to lead the Braves, who close the season at 4-16.

Thursday
Helena Capital 57, Kalispell Flathead 43
Hayden Opitz scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds as the hometown Bruins (17-2) rolled in the tournament opener. (Stats)

Bryden Koch, Luke Dowdy and Nick Michelotti each scored 10 points for the Bruins, who used a 17-8 second quarter to open up a 29-17 halftime lead. Dowdy grabbed eight rebounds, and Michelotti pulled down six.

Trysten Mooney, Jacob Curry and Jamey Michelotti each scored four points in the win.

Joston Cripe scored 11 points to pace the Braves (4-15), who head to loser-out play. Gavin Chouinard scored seven, while Luca Zoeller tossed in six.

Helena High 61, Kalispell Glacier 54
Kaden Hout tossed in 13 points, and Colter Petre added 12 as the Bengals rode to the semifinals. (Stats)

Jaxan Lieberg and Trevin Wetzel each scored eight for Helena (8-11), which led 30-22 at halftime and 45-36 after three quarters. Cael Murgel scored seven, and Kade Schlepp tossed in four points and joined Murgel with four assists.

Ty Olson scored 17 points to lead the Wolfpack (9-10), which heads to loser-out play. Tyler McDonald scored nine, while Will Salonen scored eight, and Connor Sullivan and Kysen Wagner each tossed in seven.

Missoula Big Sky 53, Missoula Sentinel 33
Caden Bateman’s 22 points and 10 rebounds led the way as the Eagles ran away from the Spartans. (Stats)

Big Sky (10-9) led 22-12 at halftime and 32-19 before pulling away in the fourth quarter.

Jake Gardanier scored eight points in the win. Shane Shepard scored six points and handed out three assists, while Josiah Cuaresma tossed in five.

Joe Weida scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards from the Spartans. Riley Allen scored seven.

GIRLS
Friday
Semifinals
Kalispell Flathead 41, Helena Capital 32
Missoula Hellgate 53, Helena High 23
Stat sheets from the semifinal games are not available.

The Bravettes and Knights advance to Saturday’s 8 p.m. championship game. Capital and Helena will play loser-out games at 11 a.m. Helena will take on Butte High at Capital, and Capital will play Missoula Sentinel at the P.E. Center.

Loser-out
Missoula Sentinel 36, Kalispell Glacier 33
Brooke Stayner, Kodi Fraser and Emily McElmurry each scored nine points as the Spartans held off the Wolfpack. (Stats)

The win sends the Spartans Saturday’s 11 a.m. loser-out round.

Stayner added 12 rebounds in the win, while Olivia Huntsinger scored six points and grabbed 11 boards.

Reese Ramey’s 10 point paced the Wolfpack. Sidney Gullick scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Thursday
Helena Capital 65, Kalispell Glacier 36

Four Hellgate players scored in double figures as the 18-1 Knights cruised in the opener. (Stats)

Alex Covill scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the way for Hellgate, wich took control with a 20-6 first quarter.

Keke Davis added 11 points in the win, while Lauren Dick and Bailee Sayler each scored 10. Hellgate also got nine form Chloe Larsen and seven points and five assists from Addy Heaphy.

Noah Fincher scored 12 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-14), which heads to the consolation side of the bracket. Bethany Sorenson scored eight points.

Helena High 56, Missoula Sentinel 53
Avery Kraft had had a huge game at the free throw line to left the Bengals to the win. (Stats)

Kraft hit 11 of 12 shots from the stripe and scored 17 points as Helena (11-8) advanced to the semifinals. Maloree English and Alex Bullock each scored 10 points for Helena. English grabbed five rebounds and dished two assists.

Kim Feller added five points and six boards.

Brooke Stayner’s 14 points placed the Spartans (8-11). Kodi Frasier scored 13, and Emily McElmurry netted eight.

 



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