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Hoops Roundup: Bigfork, Browning Secure Conference Titles

Bigfork’s girls and Browning’s boys have already locked up league championships

Bigfork’s girls and Browning’s boys have already locked up league championships as basketball teams in Classes A and B enter the final week of the regular season.

The Valkyries (14-1, 5-0 District 7B) routed Troy 69-32 on Feb. 2 to guarantee they will enter the Western B Divisional Tournament (Feb. 22-24 in Ronan) as the top seed. Jaime Berg scored 23 points and Rakiah Grende added 13 in the win over the Trojans.

The Indians (12-4, 9-0 Northwest A) held off second-place Polson 50-40 Feb. 3 behind a balanced attack that saw nine different players record at least two points. Tyree Whitcomb’s nine points led the way for Browning, which will be seeded first at the Northwest A Conference Tournament, Feb. 15-17 in Ronan.

Elsewhere, the Columbia Falls girls and Bigfork boys both kept their undefeated league seasons alive and closed in on titles of their own. The Vikings (15-0, 5-0 District 7B) stomped Troy 76-22 on Feb. 2 and can clinch the District 7B crown with a win Feb. 10 against Thompson Falls, while the defending Class A state champion Wildkats (15-1, 8-0 Northwest A) bounced Libby 49-27 on Feb. 1 and can win the conference with a victory Feb. 10 in Browning.

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