Glacier, Flathead Basketball Teams to Meet Again in Playoffs

By Beacon Staff

The Glacier and Flathead basketball teams are squaring off yet again, except this time it’s in the Class AA playoffs.

The regular-season standings have solidified, setting up the playoff matchups that determine which teams qualify for the state tournaments in Billings.

As fate would have it, the third-place Glacier girls (14-6 overall, 8-4 in Western AA) host sixth-place Flathead (5-15, 2-10) at 6 p.m., Friday.

The fourth-place Glacier boys (10-10, 6-6) play fifth-place Flathead (8-12, 4-8) at 7:30 p.m. at Glacier High School.

The Glacier teams swept their crosstown rivals this season. The boys defeated Flathead 62-47 on Feb. 28 and 64-44 on Jan. 30. The Wolfpack girls beat the Bravettes 60-52 last week and 66-42 in January.

The boys and girls Class AA state tournaments are in Billings, March 13-15. Click the boys bracket. Click here to view the girls bracket.

On the boys side, the Western AA winner, Helena Capital (18-1, 11-0), earns an automatic bid to state. Second-place Missoula Hellgate (16-4, 10-2) hosts seventh-place Missoula Big Sky (5-14, 1-10) in a playoff game this week. Third-place Missoula Sentinel (11-8, 6-5) hosts sixth-place Helena (6-13, 2-9).

Billings West (16-4, 9-3) won the Eastern AA and earns an automatic bid. Second-place Great Falls C.M. Russell (10-10, 7-5) hosts seventh-place Butte (3-17, 1-11). Third-place Billings Skyview (12-8, 7-5) hosts sixth-place Billings Senior (10-10, 5-7). Fourth-place Bozeman (14-6, 7-5) hosts fifth-place Great Falls (11-9, 6-6).

On the girls side, Helena Capital (18-1, 11-0) won the Western AA. Missoula Sentinel (18-1, 10-1) hosts Missoula Hellgate (5-15, 1-11). Missoula Big Sky (9-10, 5-6) hosts Helena (8-11, 3-8).

Billings West (17-3, 10-2) won the Eastern AA title. Great Falls (17-3, 10-2) hosts Great Falls C.M. Russell (4-16, 3-9). Billings Senior (15-5, 9-3) hosts Billings Skyview (5-15, 3-9). Bozeman (9-11, 4-8) hosts Butte (8-12, 3-9).

Click here to visit an extensive website compiled with AA information by Lowell Peterson.

Class B

Make it 23-0. The Bigfork Vikings steamrolled Florence to win the Western B divisional championship last Friday. Jon Landon scored 18 points, Christian Evans added 16 and the Vikings rolled to a 53-32 win. Bigfork plays at noon on Thursday, March 13, in the opening round of the Class B state tournament.

Eureka defeated Missoula Loyola in the consolation game, 62-52. Chase Bohne scored 17 points and Trey Bohne scored 16 for the third-place Lions.

The Bigfork girls placed third.

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