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Time to begin the tournament run

By B.L. Azure
Char-Koosta News

Arlee Scarlet’s diminutive bomber Emily Fiddler has picked up her offensive game the last month or so and is a counted on contributor to the “O” as well as a pesky pain on the “D” side. Karolyna Buck provides some D pressure at the Dog House. (B.L. Azure photo) Arlee Scarlet’s diminutive bomber Emily Fiddler has picked up her offensive game the last month or so and is a counted on contributor to the “O” as well as a pesky pain on the “D” side. Karolyna Buck provides some D pressure at the Dog House. (B.L. Azure photo)

The 2018-18 basketball season is winding down with only one week — this week — left in the season. Then it’s tournament time. And all teams will once again be dreaming those dreams again, dreaming those championship dreams. In the end only eight teams will earn the state champion title. The Arlee Scarlets who placed second in the State C Tournament last season have a good chance of advancing out of the Western C Divisional to state again. We’ll know that and who else may advance in a bit over two weeks from now.

Arlee (8-2, 12-4)
The Arlee Scarlets maintained a shared grip on first place in District 14-C with a 49-31 victory over the Noxon Lady Red Devils Thursday on the road. The Scarlets are 8-2 in conference play as are the Plains Trotters. The Scarlets are 12-4 overall and the Trotters are 10-8 overall. They split their regular season tussles and may meet again in District 14-C Tournament play.

The Scarlets scootched out to a slim 16-12 first quarter lead, then in the stingy second quarter the Red Devils outscored the Scarlets 6-3 to make the score 19-18 at the half in Arlee’s favor. The second half belonged to the Scarlets who dropped in 30 to Noxon’s 13 to earn the 49-31 victory.

Alyssia Vanderburg led the Scarlets with 25 points; Nellie Desjarlais had 9 and Emily Fiddler 8 points.

Charlo (7-4, 12-6)
The Lady Vikings sacked away a couple non-conference wins against Darby and Phillipsburg of 13-C.

On Friday, the Darby Lady Tigers came to Charlo to face off against the Vikings. And it was a productive first half that swung the game in Charlo’s favor. They outscored Darby 18-5 in the first and 18-12 in the second to go up 36-17 at the half. They were never in danger of losing the lead after that and walked off with a 58-36 win.

Kaitlin Cox led Charlo with 17 points and Carlee Fryberger had 12.

Casey Ehmann led Darby with 22 points.

Two Eagle River (0-9, 1-16)
The Lady Eagles dropped a pair of games this past week. They came out on the short end of games against Clark Fork (Alberton-Superior) and St. Regis.

Clark Fork got ahead early and never was threatened after the 33-13 half. Clark Fork widened the margin with a 24-8 second half and won the 57-21 game.

Ce’Alana Shepard and Tare Goodluck each had 6 points to lead TERS.

Emmah Baughman led Clark Fork with 14 points.

Hot Springs (3-6, 7-9)
The Lady Savage Heat lost both of their contests this past week. On Thursday the Plains Trotters topped Hot Springs 49-37 and on Saturday, the Lady Red Devils of Noxon got the better of them 42-37.

It was the 20-4 fourth quarter in Plains’ favor that was the difference in the game. It broke open a fairly close (23-18) game to make it 43-22 and even though the Savage Heat outscored Plains 15-6 in the fourth it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead.

McKenzie Cannon led Hot Spings with 14 points.

Kassidy Kinzie and Lindsay Laws led Plains with 11 points each.

The Noxon game was a close one and a back and forth battle throughout. Noxon led 21-13 at the half. Hot Springs outscored Noxon 24-21 in the second half but that only lowered the Red Devils lead by three and they stuffed a 42-37 victory in the bag.

Cannon led Hot Springs with 19 points.

Cory Brodmerkle led Noxon with 14 points.

St. Ignatius (0-7, 1-14)
The District 6-B Missoula Loyola Heart Breakers got the better of the Lady Bulldogs in a conference game Friday in the Dog House by a score of 61-22. This one was over after the 29-0 first quarter in the Heart Breakers favor. They outscored the Bulldogs 15-3 in the second to go up 44-3 at the half. It was more of the same in the second half and Loyola settled for the 61-22 win.

Karolyna Buck led the Bulldogs with 8 points and Leila Marsh had 6.

Syd Koppang led Loyola with 18 points.

Girls Box Scores – Feb. 1-3
Thursday, Feb. 1
Plains 49, Hot Springs 37
Hot Springs     7     11     4     15     —     37
Plains     15     8     20     6     —     49
Hot Springs: Stacy Gray 6, Sydney Jackson 8, Sage Jackson 3, McKenzie Cannon 14, Lizzie Fisher 3, Danielle Graham 3.
Plains: Kassidy Kinzie 11, Lindsay Laws 11, Haley Josephson 3, Analisa Loberg 2, Kylee Altmiller 4, Rachel Huenink 4, Kara Altmiller 4, Jessica Thompson 10.

Arlee 49, Noxon 31
Arlee     16     3     11     19     —     49
Noxon     12     6     2     11     —     31
Arlee: Emily Fiddler 8, Shelby Smith 1, Sydni Rogers 2, Nellie Desjarlais 9, Ashley Tanner 2, Alyssia Vanderburg 25, Peyton Lammarding 2.
Noxon: Phalyn Fickus 2, Kristian Brown 6, Delaney Weltz 7, Anna Kaiser 7, Cory Brodmerkle 9.

Friday, Feb. 2
Missoula Loyola 61, St. Ignatius 22
Loyola     29     15     11     6     —     61
St. Ignatius     0     3     7     12     —     22
Loyola: Sam Clevenger 5, Kelsey Esh 4, Syd Koppang 18, Tessa Burke 14, Kenna Guenther 4, Kylie Esh 11, Laney Denning 5.
St. Ignatius: Karolyna Buck 8, Syd Brander 3, Azia Umphrey 2, Leila Marsh 6, Afton Brander 1, Courtney Mitchell 2.

Alberton-Superior JV 57, Two Eagle River 21
A.-Superior     13     20     16     8     —     57
Two Eagle     7     6     2     6     —     21
Alberton-Superior JV: Sophia Crutilla 19, Kathryn Parkin 5, Emmah Baughman 14, Margaret Parkin 4, Kylie Plakke 10, Madison Courser 5.
Two Eagle: Justina Big Beaver 5, Ce’Alana Sheperd 6, Patience AfterBuffalo 2, Tare Goodluck 6, Kyra Aimsback 2.

Charlo 58, Darby 36
Darby     5     12     14     4     —     36
Charlo     18     18     8     4     —     58
Darby: Casey Ehmann 22, Mackenzie Smith 6, Kimber Schlapman 4, Peyton Muir 2, Gracie Lang 2.
Charlo: Kaitlin Cox 17, Carlee Fryberger 12, Sakoya Gaustad 8, Allie Delaney 2, Liev Smith 2, Destiny Manuel 2, Adriana Johnson 2, Teaira Truman 2.    
Saturday, Feb. 3

Noxon 42, Hot Springs 37
Noxon     7     14     13     8     —     42
Hot Springs     6     7     10     14     —     37
Noxon: Cory Brodmerkle 14, Delaney Weltz 10, Kristina Brown 11, Anna Kaiser 7.
Hot Springs: McKennzie Cannon 19, Stacy Gray 7, Emma Rae R. 5, Sage Jackson 3, Sydney Jackson 3.    

Charlo 40, Philipsburg 31
Charlo 12     13     5     10     — 40
Philipsburg     10     5     6     10     — 31
Charlo: Kaitlin Cox 19, Tyrah Hammond 8, Liev Smith 7, Destiny Manuel 2, Sakoya Gaustad 2, Carlee Fryberger 2.
Philipsburg: Jaden Comings 17, Emma Grange 6, Sierra Metesh 6, Brooke Rouse 2.

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