Lady Titans make most of divisional play

Mamie Hertel of Tri-City soars toward the basket during Northern C action against Winnett-Grass Range last Friday. The Titans had a strong showing at the tournament, finishing fourth. Photo by Jacques Rutten

Although the Tri-City (Moore, Hobson, Judith Gap) girls’ basketball team did not bring home a Northern C Divisional trophy or a berth at the Class C Girls’ State Tournament, the Lady Titans made the most of their trip to the divisional tournament. Tri-City played four games in four days and ended up taking fourth place in a very balanced nine-team divisional bracket.

After pulling an early upset over District 9C champion Fort Benton last Wednesday, the Lady Titans faced longtime rival Winnett-Grass Range in a semi-final game on Friday. A 46-36 loss to the Lady Rams moved Tri-City into a Saturday morning loser-out game against Turner. The Lady Titans defeated Turner, 60-52. Saturday night Tri-City faced Belt for the fourth time this season in the consolation game. Despite playing the Lady Huskies tough during the first half, Belt was able to come away with another win, 43-27.

Against Belt, the Lady Titans started off slowly, scoring 3 points in the first eight minutes on a 3-point basket by Mamie Hertel. Belt and Tri-City scored 8 points each in the second period. Belt led at halftime, 16-11. In the third quarter, Dani Urick of the Lady Huskies scored 10 points to post Belt to a 32-20 lead. The game ended with Belt taking third by a score of 43-27.

Tri-City was led by Kristen Vincent with 9 points. Claire Stevenson and Brianna Bergum added 7 points each against Belt.

Despite losing two seniors, Savannah Hildreth and Mamie Hertel, the future looks bright for the Lady Titans and Coach Roger Derks. Derks returns all five of his junior starters next year. Add to that a solid freshman class who will be sophomores next year.

In the win over Turner on Saturday morning, Chloe Derks had a strong offensive performance, scoring 17 points against the Tornadoes. Hildreth added 10 points, while Hertel and Bergum had 9 points each.

Against Winnett-Grass Range in the semi-final game, Bergum led the Lady Titan attack with 12 points, followed by 9 points from Sami Connerton.

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