Valley Christian's surging defense and an eye-popping evening from Zach Baugher helped the Eagles' cool down Hot Springs and collect a 75-56 boys' basketball victory at the Valley Christian gym.
Not only did Baugher lead all scorers, he added 17 rebounds and 10 assists to his 24-point evening. The hot shooting had Hot Springs (10-4) playing catch up all night.
Which was awfully tough against Valley Christian's (11-3) defense Saturday.
"The first time we played up there we let some things get by us. Defensively I think it was probably one of our best team games yet," said Valley coach Neil DeGroot, whose team lost at Hot Springs 63-59 back in December.
Colton Becker shadowed Savage Heat all-stater Trevor Paro and held him to 22 points. Tyler Knudsen added 15 more.
Glacier 65, Big Sky 35
At Kalispell, the Wolfpack kept the Eagles from going on a winning streak thanks to a 30-point Western AA win.
Kalispell Glacier's Jaxen Hashley continued his assault in conference playing, finishing with a game-high 16 points. He scored 23 in the Wolfpack's (4-0, 11-1 overall) win against Missoula Hellgate on Thursday.
Big Sky's Alex Simmons, who hit a game-winning buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Thursday, led the Eagles (1-3, 2-9) with 11 points. Josh Malone added another 10 for Big Sky.
Sentinel 50, Capital 39
At Helena, Sam Beighle scored 21 points to lead the Spartans past Capital in a Western AA game.
The Spartans, who led by just one at halftime, stayed perfect in league play at 4-0, 6-6 overall. Capital fell to 0-4, 1-10.
Mitch Roberts added five points and nine rebounds for Sentinel.
Conor McCarvel led Capital with 11 points.
Hellgate 61, Flathead 56
At Kalispell, the Knights bounced back after a heartbreaking loss Thursday with a close Western AA win of their own against Kalispell Flathead.
Freshman Rollie Worster scored a game-high 18 points and Derrius Collins added 17 points for the second straight game in Hellgate's win (2-2 in conference, 8-4 overall). Collins connected on two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 17 in a pivotal fourth quarter.
The Braves, which led 44-36 headed into the fourth, were outscored 23-12 in the final frame. Sam Elliott still mustered five of his team-high 16 points in the last eight minutes for the Braves (2-2, 6-6) despite the loss.
Stevensville 62, Columbia Falls 30
At Columbia Falls, Stevensville blanked Columbia Falls in the second quarter and used the stretch to build a 28-10 halftime lead and go on to win the nonconference encounter.
Jarod Kingsburg hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. James Fry added 16 points and 12 rebounds for a Stevi (4-8) double-double.
Logan Stephens paced the Wildcats (2-11) with 11 points.
Butte Central 48, Hamilton 38
At Hamilton, Butte Central’s tear to the finish line pushed the Maroons past Hamilton for a Southwest A upset.
The Broncs, who entered the contest with just one loss on the season, trailed 28-24 after three quarters and couldn’t keep up with Central’s 20-point fourth quarter.
Carter Kearns scored 14 for Hamilton (3-2 in league, 11-2 overall) and Hunter Omlid and Tanner Goligoski each had 10 in support. Nate McGree had 15 to lead the Maroons (3-3, 7-6) and Sam Johnston scored all but one of his 10 points in the fourth.
Corvallis 52, Florence 42
At Corvallis, the Class A Blue Devils' big fourth quarter made all the difference against the Class B Falcons.
The two teams were tied 31-31 headed into the final frame before Corvallis (3-9 overall) exploded for 21 points. Tylor Nixon led the charge in the game with 23 points for the Devils.
Florence's Brent Stroppel finished with 11 points and Tyce Pedersen added 11 more in the loss (7-7).
Frenchtown 84, Whitefish 42
At Frenchtown, the Broncs went off for a 51-21 lead at halftime and sailed smoothly to the Northwest A victory over Whitefish.
Frenchtown’s Jacob Price scored 20 points, all in the first half, and knocked down three 3-pointers. Austin Means had another 17 for the Broncs.
Whitefish was led by the duo of Sawyer Silliker and Lee Walburn, both of whom totaled nine points.
Loyola 73, Bigfork 66
At Bigfork, Loyola Sacred Heart withstood Bigfork's 25-point fourth-quarter to snatch a nonconference Class B win.
Nine Loyola (11-2) players scored in all, led by Parker Davis's 18. Jack Lincoln added 12 and two more boys reached double figures.
Bigfork (11-3) hung tough behind 22 points from Anders Epperly. Teammate Clayton Reichenbach was right there with 16 more.
Libby 50, Ronan 39
At Ronan, the Chiefs had a hard time putting the ball in the basket in a nonconference loss to the Loggers.
Libby's Ryggs Johnston and Ryan Nagle, on the other hand, were both able to find the bucket. Johnston led the Loggers (7-5 overall) with 18 points; Nagle chipped in 16 more.
Ronan's Kobe Morigeau paced his squad with nine points, and the Chiefs fell to 7-7.
Deer Lodge 50, Anaconda 43, OT
At Deer Lodge, Braxton Hill reached a milestone for his Copperheads, but they couldn't capture a win in overtime against the Wardens.
Hill scored a game-high 23 points in the loss. He reached the 1,000-point threshold for a career at Anaconda high, according to KANA 580 reporter Blake Hempstead. Trent Mikalatos added 16 more for the Copperheads (2-4 in 6-B, 5-7 overall).
Deer Lodge's Brandon Porter also reached the 20-point mark for the game, though, and his Wardens (5-3, 7-7) finished OT on a 9-2 run to claim victory.
St. Ignatius 60, Eureka 52
At St. Ignatius, the Bulldogs used pressure defense to build a 20-8 first quarter lead that they held on to win.
Elijah Cahoon scored a game-high 19 points for St. Ignatius, which earned its second win of the season in the nonconference game (2-11 overall). Wacey McClure added 10 points and coach Gus McDonald was happy with his team's effort.
"We've been having good pressure throughout the whole season just nothing's really clicked for us until now. Pretty exciting to watch everybody get up and down," McDonald said.
Eureka's Jake Cardinale scored a team-high 15 points in the loss (2-11).
Thompson Falls 54, Troy 44
At Troy, the Bluehawks won the second quarter which helped them win the District 7-B game against the Trojans.
Nathan Thibeault paced Thompson Falls (3-2 in conference, 5-9 overall) in the win. He scored a team-high 15 points and Garrett Strine tacked on 10 more for the Hawks.
Troy's Dillon Savage had the game of the night in the loss, though. The Trojan finished with 22 points, but his squad fell to 0-6, 3-9.
Darby 76, Two Eagle River 68
At Darby, the Tigers broke Two Eagle Rivers’ press defense and took it to the hoop in a nonconference win.
Darby trailed 42-37 at halftime though and as the Eagles closed out the key, the Tigers hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to take the 59-54 lead.
Dylan Parks scored 22 points to lead Darby (7-6) with Zach McCrossin adding 20. Chasen Curley netted a game-high 23 for Two Eagle (3-10).
Lincoln 77, Victor 49
At Lincoln, the Lynx's duo of Payton Petersen and Nathan Brown dominated to help Lincoln score a District 13-C win.
Petersen shot his way to a game-high 25 points and Brown was right there to add 21 point. That on its own was almost enough for Lincoln (4-3 in league, 8-5 overall) to top off Victor.
The Pirates (1-6, 2-12), who trailed 39-18 by the half, got a 16-point performance from Mason Agee and 12 more from Waylon Barta.
Plains 78, Seeley-Swan 45
At Seeley Lake, Plains got back to its winning ways against Seeley-Swan in a nonconference matchup.
One night after dropping their first game of the season to Arlee, Plains responded with a trouncing. Five Horsemen (13-1 overall) reached double figures, led by Alec Cole and Jay Vonheeder who finished with 15 apiece.
That helped fend off Brad Miller's big game for Seeley-Swan (8-6). Miller finished with a game-high 20 points in defeat.
Charlo 48, Noxon 40
At Noxon, the Red Devils had more scorers in double figures, but the Vikings earned the District 14-C win.
Garett Vaughan was the lone player for Charlo to crack 10 points, finishing with a game-high 14 in the victory. The Vikings moved into fourth place with the win (4-5 in conference, 6-7 overall.
Noxon's Rylan Weltz finished with 12 points and Aaron Brodmerkle pitched in 10 more, but the Devils (2-7, 3-11) were unable to overcome their first-half deficit.
Drummond 47, Philipsburg 28
At Philipsburg, Drummond held its rival Philipsburg to single digit scores in all four quarters and ran away with the District 12-C victory.
Jonah Parke led the way with 13 points and LeRoy Davis had 11 more to help the Trojans (6-3 in league, 8-6 overall) out to a 16-14 halftime lead.
Colton Grange reached the game-high total of 17 points, though no other Prospector (5-5, 6-8) had more than four.