Lady Titans earn first-ever divisional berth

The Tri-City Lady Titans made history on Saturday night at the District 8C Basketball Tournament in Great Falls. With a 44-33 win over Roy-Winifred in the consolation game, Tri-City earned its first-ever trip to the Northern C Divisional Tournament as a three-team co-op.

“We really struggled in our first game against Belt,” said Lady Titan Coach Roger Derks.

The Lady Huskies outscored Tri-City, 26-6, in the first quarter of the semi-final matchup before coming away with a 70-28 win over the Lady Titans. The semi-final game was the first action of the tournament for the Lady Titans as they had a bye in the first round.

“Luckily, we put that first game behind us and played well the rest of the tournament,” Derks said. “We got off to a really good start against DGS on Saturday morning.”

The Lady Titans led the Lady Bearcats, 19-0, before the Denton-Geyser-Stanford team was able to put its first points on the scoreboard. By the end of the first quarter, Tri-City led, 19-4. DGS was able to stay close in scoring for the rest of the game, but was never able to make up the big difference as Tri-City scored a 55-35 win over the Lady Bearcats.

The Saturday morning win vaulted the Lady Titans into the consolation game against Roy-Winifred. The winner of the consolation game would secure the third, and final, berth from District 8C into the Northern C Divisional Tournament. The season would end for the loser of the consolation game.

“We didn’t get a good start at the beginning of the consolation game,” Derks said, “but suddenly the ‘fire alarm’ went off midway through the middle of the first quarter. (Brianna) Bergum had a big game for us, while (Sami) Connerton played well on defense. I think changing up our defense got us going.”

By the end of the first quarter, Tri-City had a 15-2 lead. At halftime, the Lady Titan lead had grown to 24-18. Tri-City finished the game on top with a 44-33 win.

The Lady Titans play their first game at the divisional tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m. against a very good Fort Benton team. Fort Benton upset Box Elder in the championship contest in District 9C.

“We are going to play to the best of our ability at the tournament,” said Derks, “and see how we come out.”

Winnett-Grass

Range earns two

divisional berths

Both the Winnett-Grass Range girls’ and boys’ basketball teams earned berths in the upcoming Northern C Divisional Tournament. The Lady Rams defeated Geraldine-Highwood in a firstround game at the District 8C Tournament. A 42-27 win over Roy-Winifred in a semifinal game vaulted the Lady Rams into the championship game against their old nemesis, Belt. Belt scored a 46-20 win over Winnett-Grass Range to win the Lady Huskies’ eight consecutive district title.

The Winnett-Grass Range boys’ team had a much more difficult time earning a trip to the divisional tournament. After defeating Roy-Winifred in a first-round game, the Rams fell to Belt, 24-34, in the semi-final game. Saturday morning, the Rams defeated Geraldine-Highwood, 44-37, to advance to the consolation game. The consolation game was a rematch of a first-round game with the Rams facing the Outlaws. In a much tighter contest, Winnett-Grass Range was able to defeat Roy-Winifred, 39-36 behind 17 points from Zane Stahl.

The Lady Rams face Simms Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in their first-round game of the divisional tournament. The Rams play Chinook, the winner of the 9C District Tournament, on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

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