Whitefish Stuns Polson, Advances to Championship

By Beacon Staff

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The No.4 Whitefish Bulldogs will have a chance to repeat as the Northwest A divisional champions after stunning No. 1 Polson on Friday afternoon 44-37.

Polson opened up with an 11-2 lead early in the first quarter but the Bulldogs battled back to a 20-20 tie at halftime. The Bulldogs then took their first lead (22-20) one minute in to the third quarter. Offensively the top-ranked Pirates struggled, tallying just six points in the quarter. Whitefish capitalized and took a 35-24 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Polson made a run late in the fourth but was beaten at the free-throw line where Whitefish went 5-for-6 in the closing minutes.

Northwest A’s leading scorer Colt Idol scored 18 points to lead all scorers while teammate Shawn Watterud added 12 points. Idol is averaging 25.5 points in the divisional tourney.

Whitefish has won six out of its last seven games.

The Bulldogs will face the winner of Ronan and Columbia Falls in the divisional championship game Saturday at 8 p.m.

Full Coverage: Northwest A Divisionals Game Center

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