The Hamilton High boys' and girls' basketball teams will advance to the Western A Divisional tournament.
The Hamilton Broncs kept their undefeated season alive during last weekend's tournament at home, edging Butte Central 61 to 57. The Broncs were down 4 points to start the fourth quarter. Hunter Omlid and Carter Kearns led the way for the Broncs, scoring 23 and 20 points, respectively. Butte Central had balanced scoring with four players in the double-digit points, led by Luke Heaphy with 15.
The Hamilton girls didn't do quite as well. After leading 24 to 22 at the half, the Lady Broncs came up a little short in the second half, falling to Butte Central 47 to 42. Cariann Kunkel was the high scorer for the Broncs with 15 points. Kloie Thatcher led a balanced scoring attack with 12, closely followed by Tricia Jayce with 11 and Megan Michelotti with 10.
The Hamilton girls returned with a roar in the consolation bracket, rolling over Stevensville 51 to 25, after the Lady Broncs held a commanding 24-6 lead at halftime. Hamilton was paced by Tristy Searle with 11 points, and Mallory McGill and Cariann Kunkel with 10 each. Haley Kamoka and Kayla Scamiedeke each scored 6 points to lead Stevensville.
"Congrats to both our boys' and girls' basketball teams," said HHS coach Travis Blome.
In a hard-fought game, the Frenchtown boys outlasted Corvallis 46 to 41. Frenchtown held a slim 4-point lead at the half, which dwindled to 2 points at the end of the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, Zack Baker took over the game, scoring an impressive 17 points in the final quarter. Kyal Jessop for Corvallis led all scorers with 24 points.
Despite rallying in the second half, the Frenchtown boys came up a little short in their game against Dillon, losing by a final score of 43 to 41. Dillon was paced by Justice Peterson, who scored 18 points. Ethan Pyror and Zack Baker each scored 9 points to lead Frenchtwon.
The Dillon boys overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Stevensville 60 to 54. The Yellowjackets were led by Dalton Bragg with 18 points and Logan Roth with 17. Coby King led the scoring for the Dillon squad with 18 points.
The Frenchtown girls' basketball team defeated Dillon 34 to 29. Dillon had a 7-point lead at the half, but Frenchtown pulled away in the second half, outscoring Dillon 26 to 14. Dillon was led by Brynley Fitzgerald who scored 19 points. Liv Williams poured in 17 to lead Frenchtown.