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Bravettes rally for win, Glacier boys cruise

by FRITZ NEIGHBOR
Daily Inter Lake | January 20, 2023 11:54 PM

A couple notable things about Crosstown in Kalispell are how many athletes are named Noah, and how both AA schools have a standout with the same phonetic name.

Glacier’s Kenedee Moore and Flathead’s Kennedy Moore provided a nice battle within the girls basketball game played Friday at the Wolf Den; Glacier’s Moore outscored Flathead’s 20-17, but the Bravettes rallied to win the game 44-37.

It was a proper nightcap to the festivities, because the boys game turned Glacier’s way early: The Wolfpack won 72-35.

Flathead girls 44, Glacier 37

With Kenedee Moore hitting four straight 3-pointers in the first quarter, host Glacier bolted to an 18-5 lead.

The Bravettes ditched their man-to-man defense for an extended 2-3 zone and slowly battled back. Avery Chouinard hit a big 3-pointer toward the end of the first quarter; Maddy Moy and Kennedy Moore combined for 10 points in the second.

In the third Celie VandenBosch scored off an offensive rebound to tie the game at 32-all. With 6:48 left in the game, Moore scored to put the Bravettes (6-3 overall, 3-2 in league) up for good.

It wasn’t exactly an offensive explosion, but then again Glacier managed just seven second-half points.

“Coach told us about that,” said Moy, who finished with six points and a pair of steals. “We were very pleased.”

Kenedee Moore hit her sixth three with 6:00 left to bring Glacier (2-7, 1-4 in league) to 36-35; but Flathead went 6 of 8 at the line and got a breakaway layup from Tali Miller to pull away.

“I was proud of the way we came back from that barrage,” Flathead coach Sam Tudor said. “We’re getting every team’s best shot, and our girls just got their act together and came together.

“We knew we had to get out to the 3-point line. When Glacier kind of cooled off at the 3-point line (the Pack started 4 of 5 but then missed 16 of the next 18), part of that was due to the fact that we were able to get out there better.

“Because you have to give them credit; they were on fire.”

Moore, Akilah Kubi and Miller all snared seven rebounds for the Bravettes, who ruled the boards 32-23. Kubi had seven points.

Kenedee Moore also led Glacier in rebounding with four. The Wolfpack’s next game is Tuesday at home against Missoula Big Sky.

Flathead plays at Big Sky on Thursday.

Flathead girls 44, Glacier 37

Flathead 12 13 9 12 - 44

Glacier 18 12 2 5 - 37

FLATHEAD — Maddy Moy 1-6 4-4 6, Akilah Kubi 3-7 3-5 7, Kennedy Moore 5-9 6-10 17,

Avery Chouinard 1-3 3-4 6, Tali Miller 2-4 0-2 4, Celie VandenBosch 1-3 2-4 4, Mattie Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Addison Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Samantha Dalager 0-0 0-0 0, Harlie Roth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-33 18-29 44.

GLACIER — Sarah Downs 1-3 0-0 2, Kenedee Moore 7-16 0-0 20, Reese Ramey 2-7 0-0 4, Noah Fincher 3-11 0-0 6, Charlotte Osler 1-3 0-0 2, Karly Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Haven Speer 0-0 0-0 0, Colette Daniels 1-1 1-2 3, Cadence Daniels 0-0 0-0 0, Jaidyn Peevey 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Gable 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 1-2 37.

3-point goals — Flathead 2-6 (Moore 1-1, Chouinard 1-3, VandenBosch 0-1, Moy 0-1), Glacier 6-25 (Moore 6-12, Fincher 0-6, Ramey 0-6, Osler 0-1), Rebounds — Flathead 32 (Kubi 7, Moore 7, Miller 7), Glacier 23 (Moore 4). Fouls — Flathead 10, Glacier 22. Fouled out — Ramey. Steals — Flathead 9 (VandenBosch 3), Glacier 6 (Fincher 4). Blocks — Flathead 2 (Moore, Miller), Glacier 0. Turnovers — Flathead 11, Glacier 13.

Glacier boys 72, Flathead 35

Flathead started out with a silky shot from Noah Cummings down low for a 2-0 lead, and about everything else went Glacier’s way.

Cohen Kastelitz began a 13-0 Wolfpack run with two free throws, and ended it with a putback at the 1:55 mark of the first quarter. In between Xavier Stout came in and hit the first of his four 3-pointers.

Noah Dowler ended the quarter with a bucket for a 15-4 Glacier lead, and his dunk with 25 seconds left in the half, off a feed from Travys Agan, made it 37-14.

By then Flathead (0-9 overall, 0-5 in the Western AA) was having serious issues with Glacier’s full-court pressure and rebounding.

“We just pick points in games where we do it,” Glacier coach Mark Harkins said of the press. “We work on it every day in practice. I like it at certain times, and tonight — their defense will really slow you down, and we wanted to get tempo up.”

Stout hit three 3-pointers in the second half to finish with a game-high 14 points. Tyler McDonald added 11. Dowler scored 10 first-half points and added five rebounds for the Pack (6-3, 3-2 in league). Kastelitz had 10 points and eight boards.

“Noah had a great game,” Harkins said. “Today he put it together offensively. He’s been a force defensively and rebounding. (Kastelitz) set the tone for us I thought early. I think he had three offensive rebounds in the first minute.”

Slate Burrington scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds off the bench to lead Flathead. Cummings had nine points.

Glacier’s next action is a Tuesday road game with Big Sky. Flathead hosts the Big Sky Eagles next Thursday.

Glacier boys 72, Flathead 35

Flathead 4 12 5 14 - 35

Glacier 15 22 18 17 - 72

FLATHEAD — Noah Cummings 3-9 2-3 9, Lyric Ersland 2-5 0-0 5, Gaberiel Sims 2-6 0-0 4 Brody Thorsnberry 1-2 2-2 4, Josh Eagleton 1-8 1-2 3, Michael Manning 0-1 0-0 0, Korbin Eaton 0-0 0-0 0, Stephen Riley 0-0 0-0 0, Slate Burrington 3-4 4-4 10, Dustyn Franchini-White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-35 9-11 35.

GLACIER — Cohen Kastelitz 3-6 4-4 10, Noah Dowler 5-6 0-0 10, Tyler McDonald 4-6 2-2 11, Adam Nikunen 3-5 0-0 8, Ty Olsen 0-2 0-0 0, Kaidrian Buls 2-4 0-0 4, Xavier Stout 5-10 0-1 14 , Travys Agan 1-3 0-0 2, arson Gulick 1-6 0-0 2, Jeff Lillard 3-4 0-0 7, Alex Hausmann 1-2 0-0 2, Brantly Salmonsen 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 28-55 8-9 72.

3-point goals — Flathead 2-8. (Cummings 1-3, Ersland 1-2, Eagleton 0-3), Glacier 8-19 (Stout 4-9, Nikunen 2-4, McDonald 1-1, Lillard 1-1, Bulls 0-1, Hausmann 0-1, Olsen 0-2). Rebounds — Flathead 17 (Burrington 4), Glacier 34 (Kastelitz 8). Fouls — Flathead 16, Glacier 10. Steals — Flathead 6 (Cummings 2), Glacier 12 (Castelitz 3). Blocks — Glacier 4 (Agan 3, Nikunen), Flathead 1 (Burrington). Turnovers — Flathead 20, Glacier 11.

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Flathead's Noah Cummings (40) and Glacier's Noah Dowler (44) battle for a rebound during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Glacier's Travys Agan (42) blocks a shot by Flathead's Joshua Eagleton (2) during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead's Noah Cummings (40) goes to the basket against Glacier's Tyler McDonald (2) during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead's Akilah Kubi (12) looks to shoot with Glacier's Sarah Downs (2) defending in the second half during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Glacier's Kenedee Moore (11) spots up from three in the first half against Flathead during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Glacier's Tyler McDonald (2) is fouled on his way to the basket by Flathead's Lyric Ersland (24) in the first half during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead's Kennedy Moore (14) sinks a jumper over the defense of Glacier's Charlotte Osler (15) in the fourth quarter during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Glacier's Noah Dowler (44) throws down a dunk in the second quarter against Flathead during crosstown basketball at Glacier High School on Friday, Jan. 20. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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