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Clean sweep

by The Daily Inter Lake
| February 26, 2022 11:35 PM

RONAN — The Valkyries made it a Bigfork sweep late Saturday, combining power with patience and beating Thompson Falls for the Western B Divisional girls basketball championship.

Bigfork takes a 22-1 record to the State B tournament March 10-12 at MSU-Bozeman; Thompson Falls (16-8) also is headed to State.

Eureka made it a 1-2-3 sweep by District 7-B programs, beating Anaconda 56-53 in the consolation game. Because Thompson Falls beat Eureka 36-22 in Friday’s semifinals, the Lions cannot challenge for a spot at state.

The Lions beat Mission 55-42 in a Saturday morning loser-out to gain the consolation game.

Anaconda, which thumped Florence 62-31 Saturday morning, ended up 16-7.

Bigfork 45, Thompson Falls 26

Thompson Falls attempted to shorten the game, holding the ball for most of the first quarter after Bigfork scored to go up 2-0.

The Vals, though, eventually got the pace up to their liking and led 18-9 by halftime. Madison Chappuis led three players in double figures with 13 points. Braeden Gunlock had 12 points and Emma Berrett added 11.

Chesney Lowe and Ellie Baxter scored eight points each to lead the Blue Hawks.

Championship

Thompson Falls 0 9 10 7 - 26

Bigfork 2 16 13 14 - 45

THOMPSON FALLS — Chesney Lowe 8, Ellie Baxter 8, Cheyla Irvine 4, Maliyah LeCoure 3, Natalie Roberts 2.

BIGFORK — Madison Chappuis 13, Braeden Gunlock 12, Emma Berreth 11, Ava Davey 4, Zoey Albert 3, Scout Nadeau 2.

Eureka 56, Anaconda 53

Jadyn Pluid’s 19 points led the way for the Lions, who had to weather a fourth-quarter comeback by the Copperheads.

Reena Truman added another 10 points for Eureka.

Third place

Eureka 10 19 18 9 - 56

Anaconda 13 9 13 18 - 53

EUREKA — Jadyn Pluid 19, Reena Truman 10, Remmi Stanger 9, Jimena Sanchez 8, Ixone Coteron 8, Dylan Sharp 2.

ANACONDA — Makena Patrick 13, Alyssa Peterson 12, Sami Johnson 9, Kora Kelly 7, Cara DeMarois 5, Maniyah Lunceford 4, Meela Mitchel 3.

Eureka 55, Mission 42

Jadyn Pluid scored 22 points and Eureka pulled away in the second half for the win.

Remmi Stanger added 13 points for the Lions.

Madyson Currie led Mission (14-10) with 15 points, and Kason Page added 10.

Mission 7 20 7 8 - 42

Eureka 16 14 15 10 - 55

MISSION — Kason Page 10, Kooper Page 7, Gabby Smith 5, Izzy Evans 5, Madyson Currie 15.

EUREKA — Jadyn Pluid 22, Remmi Stanmger 13, Reena Truman 6, Jimena Sanchez 2, Dylan Sharp 3.

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