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BUTTE -- If the championship game was half as long, or even three quarters the length, the Columbia Falls girls would be Western A Divisional champions.

That fourth quarter, won so dominantly by Butte Central on Saturday, toppled the whole pile to the Maroons.

Butte Central outscored C. Falls 16-3 in the fourth to win the title match 51-41 at the Butte Civic Center and continue its undefeated run. At 21-0, the Maroons will have the West's top seed at the State A tournament in two weeks in Belgrade.

As runner-up, Columbia Falls is also bound for state, as are both entrants in Saturday's divisional third-place game. Dillon topped Frenchtown there, 42-30.


Butte Central 51, Columbia Falls 41

The Wildkats scored only 11 points in the second half as their shooters went ice cold. After a 46-percent shooting first half (12 of 26), Columbia Falls hit just four field goals in the second (4 of 22) while struggling to 18 percent shooting.

The Maroons were steady and pulled away as C. Falls slowed down. Kloie Thatcher scored 17 points to lead the way and Kailee Murphy had eight to go with 10 rebounds.

No Wildkats reached double figures, though Ellie Johnson and Kiara Burlage each had nine. They combined for just three points after halftime.

Burlage added 10 rebounds for the Northwest A champion Kats (19-2), who suffered just their second loss of the season Saturday and first against Class A competition.


Dillon 42, Frenchtown 30

Bailey Berriochoa scored 12 points and Brynley Fitzgerald 10 to lead Dillon to the third-place trophy and the No. 3 seed from the West headed into the state tournament.

Frenchtown was 0 for 12 from the 3-point line, compared with Dillon's 5-for-11 effort. Alivia Williams' 10 points led the Broncs, who still earn a trip to state as the West's No. 4 seed.


Dillon 52, Hamilton 41

The Beavers shot an even 50 percent for the game and kept the defending State AA champs from making a return trip to the state scene.

Dillon eliminated Hamilton with the consolation victory, getting 17 points from Brinley Fitzgerald to pace the knockout.

The Broncs, who finished the year 8-13, were led by Reilly Rostad's 12 points.


Frenchtown 37, Corvallis 34

Frenchtown needed to hold Corvallis to just two points in the fourth quarter to avoid elimination and come back from a double-digit deficit.

The Broncs outscored the Blue Devils 21-13 in the second half and 8-2 in the final period to sneak by Corvallis, which ended the year at 8-13, and qualify for the state tournament with the consolation bracket win.

Alivia Williams of Frenchtown and Corvallis' Kira Doyle led the way with 10 points.