Bearcats, W-GR boys drop two games at North C Divisional

In their opening round game on Wednesday, the Bearcats of Denton-Geyser-Stanford lost a battle of the 3-point baskets to Great Falls Central, 91-80. The sharpshooting Bearcats scored 27 points from behind the 3-point arc, but the Mustangs scored 11 3-pointers in the offensive battle.

Riley Donaldson got the game off to a good start for the Bearcats with a steal and layup, but GFC came right back with a 3-point bucket. The game stayed close the rest of the first quarter with DGS holding a 21-18 lead heading into the second. Kordell Carpenter scored 10 points in the opening eight minutes for the Bearcats, while Donaldson added 5 points.

Back-to-back threes by the Mustangs in the second quarter gave GFC a 29-24 lead. A Donaldson field goal cut that lead to 29-26. The Bearcats retook the lead at 36-35 off a Donaldson 3-pointer. At halftime GFC held a 39-36 lead.

In the third period, the Mustangs were able to gain some separation from DGS on three 3-pointers by Ethan Vincent. By the time the third quarter ended, GFC enjoyed a 60-52 lead.

At one point in the fourth quarter, GFC’s lead grew to 15 points before the Bearcats staged a comeback attempt. DGS scored 28 points in the final period, while GFC added 31 to their total to take the 91-80 win.

Donaldson had a game high 20 points for the Bearcats, while Carpenter and Rhet Woodhall added 17 points each. Jake Solomon was also in double figures with 12 points. The Bearcats connected on 21 of 30 from the free-throw line, while GFC was 22 for 35. A total of 47 fouls were called in the contest, 25 against the Bearcats and 22 against the Mustangs.

Woodhall led the Bearcats in assists with four, while Donaldson had a team-high 10 rebounds.

The loss moved the Bearcats into a Thursday loser-out contest against North Star.

Winnett-Grass Range

battles Chinook

In a tight, close first round battle, Winnett-Grass Range battled District 9C champion Chinook before falling to the Sugar Beeters, 50-43.

The two teams were tied, 10-10, after the first quarter. Jacob Jessen led the way for the Rams with 6 first-quarter points.

At halftime, Chinook held a 23-21 lead despite 8 points from Grass Range-Winnett’s Cameron Wollman.

In the third period, the Rams added only 10 points to their total, while Chinook scored 11 points to take a 34-31 lead into the final eight minutes. Jessen had 4 points, and Caleb Hess added 4 more for the Rams in the third period.

Cord Schneider scored 10 points in the final quarter for the Sugarbeeters, as they added 16 more points to take the 50-43 win. Jessen and Wollman scored 5 points in the final eight minutes in an attempt to keep the game close.

Jessen and Wollman ended the contest with 15 points each for the Rams. Zane Stahl led the Rams in assists with five. Wollman had six of the Rams’ 21 rebounds. The Rams shot 51 percent from the field, connecting on 20 of 39 field goals.

The loss dropped the Rams into a Thursday morning loser-out contest against Fort Benton.

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