Northwestern A Divisional: Polson Tops Whitefish in Challenge Game

By Beacon Staff

Andrew Weltz scored 16 points, Cedrick Smith had 14 and the Polson Pirates punched their ticket to state, defeating the Whitefish Bulldogs 59-47 in Monday’s Northwestern A challenge game at Glacier High School.

Polson shot 73 percent from 3-point range in the second half and outscored Whitefish 36-24.

After rallying through the loser’s bracket, Polson (6-15) advanced to the Class A state tournament this week in Great Falls and will play Belgrade at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Garrett Anderson had 20 points and Keaton Nicholson scored 15 points for the Bulldogs (11-10).

Laurel plays Stevensville in the state opener at 12:30 p.m., followed by Columbia Falls vs. Havre at 2 p.m. Dillon takes on Miles City at 6:30 p.m.

Polson 13 10 17 19 — 59
Whitefish 13 10 12 12 — 47

POLSON — Cedrick Smith 3 5-8 14, Chris McDonald 3 3-5 11, Andrew Weltz 5 4-8 16, Tanner Wilson 3 0-0 9, Andrew Curley 2 0-0 6, Matthew Renxvold 0 3-4 3. Totals: 16 15-27 59.

WHITEFISH — Keaton Nicholson 5 2-2 15, EJ Havens 2 0-0 6, Art Doorn 1 0-0 2, Garrett Anderson 7 6-7 20, Cody Wilson 1 0-0 2, Hugh Ramlow 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 10-11 47.

3-point goals – Polson 12-20 (C. Smith, Wilson 3), Whitefish 5-21 (Nicholson 3). Total fouls – Polson 13, Whitefish 19. Fouled out – Polson, T. Wilson. Whitefish, Alex Wilson.

Girls
Frenchtown 45, Polson 25

Vanessa Stavish scored 17 pooints, Haley Cyr added nine and the Lady Broncs (15-6) advanced to state with a win over Polson in the girls challenge game.

Kaelen Wall led Polson (4-17) with nine points.

Frenchtown plays Havre at 8 p.m., March 13, in the opening round of the Class A state tournament in Great Falls. Columbia Falls opens action against Belgrade at 12:30 p.m. Hamilton takes on Miles City at 2 p.m. and Laurel plays Anaconda at 6:30 p.m.

Polson 7 1 8 9 — 25
Frenchtown 12 16 11 6 — 45

POLSON — Skyla Krantz 2 0-0 5, Jessica Bagnell 2 0-0 6, Nichole Lake 2 0-0 4, Monika Frame 0 1-4 1, Kaelen Wall 4 1-2 9. Totals: 10 2-11 25.

FRENCHTOWN — Haley Cyr 3 2-2 9, Vanessa Stavish 4 9-10 17, Kayla Blood 1 0-0 2, Keegan Wickman 0 1-2 1, Emma Pyron 2 2-2 6, Alli Moe 1 0-0 2, Krista Hebnes 1 1-1 3, Laci Willett 2 1-2 5. Totals: 14 16-20 45.

3-point goals – Polson 3-14 (Bagnell 2), Frenchtown 1-7 (Cyr). Total fouls – Polson 18, Frenchtown 14. Fouled out – none.

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