DGS boys win District 8C Tournament

Denton-Geyser-Stanford boys’ basketball team won its first District 8C title as a three-school co-op on Saturday at the Swarthout Fieldhouse on the campus of Great Falls High. Belt won the first three titles in the new District 8C formed when District 7C and 8C were combined.

The fourth district tournament title was won by the Bearcats over Belt, 56-45.

“We had a very strong defensive effort in the first half,” said DGS Coach Wyatt Woodhall, referring to the championship game. Clay (Hill) and Riley (Donaldson) came out hot for us at the beginning of the game.”

Hill had two 3-point baskets during the contest, while Donaldson added four 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 16 points for the Bearcats.

After the first quarter of play, DGS held a 14-3 lead. The Bearcats increased the lead to 30-12 by halftime.

Belt, under Coach Kyle Paulson, came back in the second half to outscore the Bearcats 33 to 26 over the final two quarters, but DGS was still able to secure the win.

Joining Donaldson in double figures was Rhet Woodhall with 13 points. Kordell Carpenter added 8 points, while Jake Solomon chipped in 6.

Brendan Wing had 16 points in the loss, while teammate Troy Hennes had 9 points.

Parker Donaldson was the assist leader for the Bearcats with five. Solomon led DGS in rebounds with 5.

Keagan Stroop and Wing had three assists each for the Huskies. Wing totaled four rebounds for Belt.

DGS, with a 20-1 record heading into the Northern C Divisional Tournament at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, should be one of the favorites to advance to the Class C State Tournament the following weekend in Butte.

DGS opens the divisional tournament against either Fort Benton or Great Falls Central on Wednesday at 4 p.m. These two teams play each other at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with the winner playing the Bearcats in quarterfinal action. Other teams in the hunt for the Northern C title include District 10C champion Heart Butte and District 9C champ Chinook

Woodhall thinks this year’s Northern C Divisional maybe one of the most balanced in recent history.

“I think any of the nine teams in the division could earn a berth to the state tournament,” said Woodhall. “It is just going to depend on who is hot and playing their best ball of the season.”

Other first round matchups on Wednesday include Chinook versus Winnett-Grass Range at 9:30 a.m., Belt versus Heart Butte at 11 a.m, and Sunburst versus North Star at 12:30 p.m. The boys’ semi-final games are scheduled for 7 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday with the boys’ championship played Friday at 8:30 p.m.

DGS downs Centerville in semi-final action

In Friday’s semi-final action, the Bearcats were not about to have Centerville repeat its win over DGS in last year’s semi-final. Hill scored on a 3-point basket to get the Bearcats rolling against Centerville. Carpenter scored three field goals and Riley Donaldson added another field goal to give the Bearcats a 15-5 lead midway through the first quarter. A Woodhall layup upped DGS’s lead to 21-7. By the end of the first quarter, DGS was up 23-15.

Centerville sophomore Carson McGinness began to heat up. He scored his second three of the game at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Bearcats kept scoring almost at will to take a 45-28 lead at halftime.

The Miners outscored DGS 24 to 18 in the third quarter, but the Bearcats still enjoyed a 63-50 lead heading into the final quarter. Solomon scored the first points of the fourth period, but McGinness answered back with another 3-pointer. Centerville was able to get the DGS lead to 10 points, 65-55, but then the Bearcats began sitting on the ball, forcing the Miners to foul. Down the stretch, DGS hit eight free throws to take the 76-60 win.

Four Bearcats hit double figures in scoring. Carpenter led the way with 23 counters, followed by Riley Donaldson with 16, Solomon and Woodhall with 11 each. Parker Donaldson led DGS in assists with five, while Riley Donaldson led the team in rebounds with nine.

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