Tourney Time!

Fergus High’s Gracia Butcher has her game face on during an intense Eastern A Divisonal game against Laurel on Thursday. Photos by Doreen Heintz

Golden Eagle cheerleaders get their team fired up before first-round action on Thursday. The girls lost to Laurel Thursday and Glendive on Friday, putting an end to their tournament action.

Golden Eagles battle Eastern A rivals at the Metra

Despite not playing their best basketball of the season, the Golden Eagles scored a 44-38 win over Sidney in the Eastern A Divisional Tournament. Both teams started the game cold, and it continued that way until the final buzzer sounded. Fergus held a 6-2 lead after the first quarter. Cody Henderson scored 4 of Fergus’s first 6 points on a layup and field goal off an offensive rebound. Wes Jameson added the other 2 points for the Golden Eagles.

Jaden Graham scored the first 2 points for Fergus in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 8-2 advantage. Sidney came back with 5 consecutive points to cut the Fergus lead to 8-7. Jameson added another score for Fergus. Late in the second period, Sidney had a rare 5-point play, when the Eagles scored on a 3-pointer and Fergus was called for a foul off the ball.The referees counted the 3-point basket and gave the Eagles two free throws. Sidney took a 17-16 lead at that point. The first half ended with Sidney up 18-17.

The key for the win for the Golden Eagles was the 19 points they put on the board in the third period, while holding Sidney to only 6 points in the period. The third quarter ended with Fergus up 36-22.

Sidney came back in the contest at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Two field goals cut the Fergus lead to 36-26. After Graham hit a 2-point bucket, Sidney responded with two 3-point plays to cut the Fergus lead to 38-32. Jameson scored on a field goal. With 3:23 left in the game, Fergus Coach Scott Sparks called a timeout with the Golden Eagles on top 40-32.

Another Sidney 3-pointer cut Fergus’s lead to 5 points. A Graham field goal gave Fergus a 42-35 lead. With less than two minutes left in the contest, Sidney went cold from behind the 3-point arc. The Eagles were forced to foul several times to get Fergus into the bonus at the free-throw line.

Henderson hit a free throw to put the Golden Eagles up 43-35 with 40 seconds left. Sidney hit another 3-pointer and called a timeout with 27 seconds on the clock. Down the stretch Fergus missed four consecutive free throws but held on to win the game, 44-38.

Fergus was led by Graham with 15 points. Cody Henderson added 7 points for the Golden Eagles. The win moved Fergus into a semi-final battle with Belgrade. Belgrade defeated Billings Central in an opening-round game.



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