BIGFORK – After entering the week with no losses, the Florence girls’ basketball team has run into two in the past five days.
Bigfork’s race to the finish line Saturday helped the Valkyries hand Florence its second straight loss, this one 60-49.
The Vals (6-4) closed the nonconference clash with an 18-11 advantage in the fourth quarter. Shae Anderson scored 17 for Bigfork and teammate Haile Norred added 14.
Florence (8-2), which saw its eight-game win streak to start the season snapped at Ronan on Tuesday, got 18 points from Danielle Zahn and another 16 from Rilee Mangun.
Helena 67, Flathead 58, OT
At Kalispell, Helena shut out the Bravettes in the extra stanza to secure the Western AA win.
Kamden Hilborn scored 23 points to lead Helena (2-0 in league, 7-1 overall). Jamie Pickens added 17 points.
Tiana Johnson matched Hilborn with 23 points for the Bravettes (0-2, 5-5). Kelsey Gillespie added 15 points.
Glacier 31, Capital 26
At Kalispell, the Wolfpack limited Capital to five first-half points en route to the Western AA win.
Nikki Krueger paced Glacier (1-1 in league, 3-6 overall) with 11 points.
Taylor Sullivan and Shelby Vanhemelryck scored eight points apiece for Capital (1-1, 6-3).
Dillon 45, Hamilton 38
At Hamilton, the Beavers jumped out to a 13-6 lead after one quarter and led the whole way in picking up the Southwest A win.
Dillon improved to 3-0 in league, 6-0 overall.
Mallory McGill and Lauren Ryter scored eight points apiece to lead Hamilton (1-3, 4-6).
Butte Central 66, Corvallis 47
At Butte, the defending Class A state champs were too much for the Blue Devils to handle in a Southwest A matchup.
Butte Central had three scorers reach double figures, led by Emily St. John's 21 points. Kloie Thatcher hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Maroons, who were 7 for 18 from behind the arc.
Corvallis countered with 13 points from Penny Jessop on 5-of-10 shooting. The Devils, though, fell to 2-1 in conference, 4-5 overall.
Thompson Falls 50, Whitefish 33
At Thompson Falls, a strong second quarter helped Thompson Falls get some headway against Class A Whitefish in a nonconference win.
The Class B Bluehawks outscored the Bulldogs 18-9 there to lead 29-15 at halftime. Ember Schwindt had a team- and game-high 13 points for T. Falls (2-8).
Nine Whitefish (0-9) girls scored, but none more than five points apiece.
Libby 64, Polson 40
At Libby, the Class B Loggers climbed the ladder to knock off Class A Polson
Shannon Reny’s 24 points led the Libby’s coup. Jayden Winslow added 14 more.
Lauren Lefthand and Mollie Fisher each scored 11 for Polson, which trailed 34-19 at halftime.
Loyola 46, Whitehall 34
The Breakers used their ¾-court press to rack up 14 steals and surged to the Class B nonconference victory at Sister Rita Activity Center.
Junior all-stater Tessa Burke led the hosts with 20 points. Freshman guard Sydney Koppang added 14 for Loyola (3-6).
Isabel Evans scored 15 points for Whitehall.
Troy 58, St. Ignatius 21
At Troy, the Trojans scored a nonconference win against the Bulldogs, 58-21.
St. Ignatius fell to 0-9 overall with the loss. Troy improved to 5-3. No other information was available.
Deer Lodge 50, Three Forks 47
At Deer Lodge, Josee Applegate scored half of her 16 points in the fourth quarter in helping the Wardens to the Class B nonconference win.
Three Forks jumped to a 14-7 lead in the first half but that lead was shaved to two by halftime. Deer Lodge led by seven heading into the final frame and held off the visitors thanks in part to Applegate's 6-for-6 effort from the foul line.
Rachel Nicholson chipped in 10 points for the Wardens (5-5). Shainy Mack scored 23 points for Three Forks.
Lincoln 29, Valley Christian 27
At Lincoln, Maggie Jorgensen scored five of Lincoln's six fourth-quarter points and the Lynx held off the Eagles for their first Western 13-C victory.
Lincoln failed to score in the final minute but stayed strong defensively in moving to 1-4 in league play and 2-8 overall. JeriLyn Dietz finished with a game-high 17 points for the hosts.
Lilly Schultz scored 10 points for Valley Christian (0-5, 1-8).
Seeley-Swan 55, Victor 16
At Seeley Lake, the Western 13-C frontrunners showed their depth, with nine players scoring in a blowout win.
Tessa Grimes led the balanced Seeley-Swan attack with 11 points, four coming in the first quarter. Autumn Morse and Cera Strumpfer chipped in eight points apiece as the Blackhawks moved to 5-0 in league play and 9-1 overall.
Payton Tillotson scored eight points for the Pirates (2-3, 4-6).
Clark Fork 50, Darby 40
At Alberton, Samantha Clevenger scored 18 points to pace Clark Fork's District 13-C victory over Darby.
Hailey Kelly had another 13 as Clark Fork (5-1 in league, 8-1 overall) led 25-18 at half and inched its way to the finish line.
Nichole Slanger's 14 led Darby (2-2, 5-5) which, trailed by seven again after three quarters.
Arlee 36, Charlo 29
At Charlo, Arlee's advantage at the free-throw line helped the Scarlets knock off Charlo in District 14-C play.
League-leading Arlee (6-0 in league, 7-4 overall) shot 16 of 21 at the charity stripe and Carly Hergett was 8 of 9 there by herself. She finished with a game-high 14 points.
Charlo (3-3, 4-5), which made just 4 of 14 free throws, was led by the nine points of Cheyenne Nagy.
St. Regis 57, Hot Springs 37
At St. Regis, the Tigers closed on a tear with 22 points in the fourth quarter of their District 14-C victory.
Madison Hill went off for 31 points in the St. Regis (4-2 in league, 6-3 overall) win, accounting for more than half of her team’s points.
On the other side Mckennzie Cannon scored 13 to lead Hot Springs (2-4, 5-5).
Plains 58, Two Eagle River 10
At Pablo, Plains beat Two Eagle River in a District 14-C outing, and three Trotters reached double figures.
Lindsay Laws led the trio in scoring with 25 points and Jessica Thompson had a double-double for Plains. The Trotter finished with 17 points and 12 boards. Kara Altmiller added 10 points for Plains (3-3 in conference, 7-3 overall).
Two Eagle's Lexi Parizeau led the Eagles (0-6, 0-10) with four points.
Drummond 52, Lima 27
At Drummond, the Trojans dominated inside the arc to lop off Lima in a District 12-C game.
Drummond (4-2 in league, 7-3 overall) made 23 field goals from close range. Allie Parke's 14 points were a team- and game-high. Sara Kielley scored another 11.
Hunter Hales also had 14 points for Lima.