Western women sign two in-state standouts

DILLON — Montana Western women’s basketball coach Lindsay Woolley announced today the signing of two Montana high school standouts, Savanna Bignell and Tiara Gilham, to an NAIA Letter of Intent.

Savanna Bignell will join her older sister Sierra, and cousins Kaye and Frankie on the Montana Western women’s basketball team. Bignell is a 5-foot-5 guard from Helena Capital School and is a native of Avon. She was a two-time Class AA All-State selection for the Bruins as well as being named to the all-tournament team her senior year. She averaged 7.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game in her final campaign. She was a starter on the 2014-15 AA State Champion basketball team and helped her squad to a fourth place finish at the state tournament her senior and sophomore seasons.

Outside of basketball, Savanna placed fifth at the state track meet in javelin her junior year. Bignell carries a 3.4 GPA and has been an academic all-state selection for three years during volleyball, basketball and track. She is the daughter of John and Tana Bignell and plans to major in Health and Human Performance.

“The first things that stood out to me with Savanna was her toughness and competitiveness,” Woolley said. “Any time we can sign a kid that plays as hard as she does we are excited. She is going to be fun to watch over the course of her career.”

A 5-11 forward from Browning, Tiara Gilham comes to Montana Western after a successful high school career. Gilham was a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time All-State selection, including being named first team all-state this season and the Eastern A super-divisional Most Outstanding Player. She helped lead her team to the semi-finals of the Class A state basketball tournament and a third place finish, by averaging 14 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals, two blocks and two assists per game.

Gilham is a member of the National Honor Society and holds a 3.2 GPA, she plans to major in Business Management and is the daughter of Gerald and Jackie Gilham.

“Tiara is going to be a player our fans are going to enjoy watching. She is a good player on the block, can stretch the defense with her perimeter shooting and is an excellent passer,” Woolley said. “She will fit in really well because of her ability to do so many different things on the court.”

— Montana Western Sports Information

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