KALISPELL -- The Columbia Falls girls' basketball team reached the State A title game last March and on Saturday sent notice they're a formidable force again this season.
The Wildkats boosted their record to 5-0 with a 57-42 road win over Class AA Kalispell Flathead. Columbia Falls dominated the middle two quarters, outscoring the Bravettes (3-2) by a 36-21 margin.
Leading the Wildkats' balanced attack was Kiara Burlage with 17 points. Dani Douglas and Peyton Kehr each chipped in 11 points.
Flathead's Tiana Johnson was a one-girl wrecking crew, tallying a game-high 28 points. Johnson made a verbal commitment last month to play basketball for Sacramento State next season.
Hamilton 55, Polson 33
At Polson, the Broncs used a 33-14 surge in the middle two quarters in cruising to the Class A non-conference victory.
Mallory McGill led all scorers with 16 points for Hamilton (2-2). Teammate Rachael Ringer added 10 points.
Mollie Fisher scored 10 points for the Pirates (0-5).
Butte Central 68, Stevensville 36
At Butte, the defending state champion Maroons started fast and steamrolled to a win over the Yellowjackets in a Southwest A opener.
Butte Central (2-2 overall) enjoyed an 18-5 lead at the end of the first period and its lead was 40-17 at intermission. Emilie St. John scored 23 points and Mollie Peoples 22 to lead the hosts.
Angel Richards and Makayla Davids each scored nine points for Stevensville (1-4).
Frenchtown 64, Anaconda 45
At Frenchtown, nine different Broncs scored, doing most of their damage inside the arc to beat the Copperheads.
Frenchtown made just one 3-pointer, but the team still connected on 25 shots. Alli Hochhalter led the Broncs with six made buckets and a team-high 12 points. Kylie Willett added nine more points in the win.
Anaconda's Arieona Mattson was a perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line. She led the Copperheads with 10 points.
Ronan 71, Eureka 58
At Ronan, the Maidens had two girls reach the 20-point threshold in their nonconference win against the Lions.
Alicia Camel led all scorers with 26 points. She was 9 for 10 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds. Micalann McCrea scored 20, and Lee Camel had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards for Rona (5-0 overall).
Sienna Utter and Stacy Cooper each scored 18 points to carry Eureka (1-3).
Bigfork 34, Libby 33
At Libby, the Valkyries took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter and held off the Loggers in a battle of Western 7-B unbeatens.
Libby (1-1 conference, 1-3 overall) jumped to a 17-14 halftime lead before losing the momentum. Shannon Reny scored a team-high 18 points for the Loggers.
Bigfork (2-0, 3-2) was led by Haile Norred with 14 points.
T. Falls 55, Valley Christian 8
At the Eagles gym, Class B Thompson Falls locked down on defense in the second half to cruise to a win against Class C Valley Christian.
The Bluehawks (1-4 overall) held the Eagles scoreless in the final 16 minutes. Tara Messner scored six points in the first half to lead Valley Christian (1-2).
Haley Wilson led three Bluehawks in double figures with 16 points. Ember Schwindt added 14 points and Haley Morgan scored 10.
Darby 51, Victor 27
At Darby, Casey Ehmann scored 15 points and Makenzie Smith added 14 more in the Tigers' District 13-C win against the Pirates.
Three girls scored for Victor (0-1 in conference, 0-4 overall), but two reached double figures. Jamie Burdett led the Pirates with 11 points; Madison Allred chipped in 10.
Darby (1-0, 3-1) had six girls score, with Ehmann and Smith leading the charge.
St. Regis 43, Noxon 27
At Noxon, St. Regis led early pulled away late to win a 14-C matchup against Noxon.
Madison Hill paced St. Regis (2-0 in conference, 3-1 overall) with 13 points. Emma Hill added 12 more for the Tigers, who outscored the Devils 11-4 in the first and 13-4 in the fourth.
Delaney Weltz scored 13 points to lead Noxon (0-1, 0-5).
Drummond 44, Harrison 29
At Drummond, the Trojans limited Harrison to six first-half points en route to the District 12-C win.
Morgan Radtke connected on three 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 19 points for Drummond. Allie Parke added 17 points.
Josie Hokanson also had three triples and finished with 14 points for Harrison.