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Stevensville's Logan Roth, left, and Frenchtown's Hank Rugg go after a loose ball on Tuesday at Frenchtown.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

FRENCHTOWN — On Tuesday, Cade and Zack Bakers combined for 28 points in Frenchtown’s 68-33 victory over Stevensville. Zack led the two with 16 points. Cade scored 12 points on four 3-pointers as the Broncs tallied 11 triples as a team.

The skilled ballhandlers have previously totaled more than 28 points in a single game on multiple occasions, they said, but Tuesday’s performance was big because it helped the Broncs end a two-game skid. Frenchtown improved to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in Southwest A play.

Stevensville held a brief 2-1 lead before Cade Baker and Brock Rugg hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Frenchtown. The Broncs led 7-4 when they began a 12-0 run with 3-pointers from Ethan Pyron and Adam Botkin, who scored a game-high 18 points.

Zack Baker scored Frenchtown’s final four points in the first quarter and poured in 10 more in the second quarter as Frenchtown opened on a 17-1 run to take at 38-11 lead. He made a pair of 3-pointers, hit a turnaround jumper, and grabbed an offensive rebound while in the air and finished the put-back before he landed.

The Broncs led 46-13 at the half and upped that to 61-23 when Zack Baker hit a turnaround, off-balance jumper in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

Stevensville junior Logan Roth scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter.

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The Yellowjackets struggled to break Frenchtown’s full-court press since they were without their primary ballhandler, junior Colby Meeds, because of a concussion, Stevensville head coach Tony Anderson said.

They’ve also been missing 6-foot-4 senior Dalton Bragg, who suffered an ACL injury in the offseason and is expected to return soon.

When Stevensville gets Meeds and Bragg back, Anderson expects the team — currently on a six-game losing streak — to look completely different.

“We’ll be a lot more confident,” Anderson said. “Having those leaders on the floor will bring a calming presence to the rest of the team. We get antsy when we know our big guns are down, especially when our young kids have to step up.”

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