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BUTTE -- Loyola Sacred Heart remains as western Montana's torch bearer at the State B girls' basketball tournament after Friday's night.

The Breakers bested a tough Bigfork squad, 56-52, behind a big night from senior guard Skylar Hollenback. She scored 27 points in the win, moving Loyola into the consolation semifinal against St. Labre.

The Braves, which play Loyola at 9 a.m. on Saturday, lost to Fairfield, 77-63, despite a 48-point performance from Shiloh McCormick.

Fairfield meets Malta in the championship as Malta ended Shepherd's season in Friday's other semifinal.

Ronan, which was the top seed coming into the tournament, lost in the morning's other loser-out game to Forsyth, 63-57.

Loyola Sacred Heart 56, Bigfork 52

Hollenback had a sparkling performance for the Breakers, going 10 for 17 from the floor and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line for a game-high 27 points.

Loyola set the tone in the first half, jumping to a 30-17 lead with the help of 5 for 11 shooting from 3-point range. Tesse Burke had three treys and Hollenback had two.

Bigfork rallied behind 11 for 15 shooting in the second half. The Vals led by three points with 61 seconds left, but Loyola turned on the afterburners and notched the win to extend their season and move within one victory of the third place game.

Miranda Campbell had a double-double for Bigfork with 12 points and 11 rebounds. 


Forsyth 63, Ronan 57

The Maidens squandered a 46-44 lead headed into the fourth quarter with a five minute scoring drought. Forysth's Kaylee Zard made them pay for the scoring outage.

Zard single-handedly put the Dogies on an 8-0 run to start the final frame, adding all eight of the run. That bolstered her game-high 26 points, and she completed the double-double with 11 rebounds.

Ronan's MicAlann McCrea also had a double double, scoring 14 points and snagging 10 boards. Lee Camel scored 20 and Alicia Camel added 16 for Ronan, which traded leads with Forsyth 10 times throughout the game.


Malta 51, Shepherd 45

Malta led by 12 in the third quarter, but Shepherd came back to force overtime. 

The Mustangs from Malta rose the victor, though, outscoring Shepherd's Mustangs 7-1 in the extra frame. Haile Nicholson scored a game-high 23 points to help Malta move into the championship game.


Fairfield 77, St. Labre 63

St. Labre's Shiloh McCormick scored 48 points, but it wasn't enough to fend off Fairfield's balanced attack as the Eagles took an easy win to advance.

McCormick provided nearly the entirety of St. Labre's offense - she went 15 for 29 from the floor. No other Brave scored more than six. The Eagles' Natalie Klinker poured in 24 points to lead Fairfield to the title game.