State Basketball: Columbia Falls Rolls in Class A Opener

By Beacon Staff

Ty Morgan scored a game-high 19 points, Jared Trinastich had nine and the Columbia Falls Wildcats walloped Havre 50-36 in the first round of the Class A state basketball tournament in Great Falls on Thursday.

Grant Wallace added eight points and Alex Presnell chipped in six as Columbia Falls jumped ahead 18-8 at halftime.

The Wildcats (17-4) play Laurel (19-2) at 6:30 p.m., Friday in the semifinals. The winner advances to the championship game at 8 p.m., Saturday.

Laurel defeated defending state champs Stevensville 61-41 in the state opener. Tyler Thompson scored 19 points and Taylor Maida added 11 points for the Locomotives.

Dillon (18-2) plays Miles City (7-14) tonight at 6:30 p.m. Polson (7-15) takes on Belgrade (14-6) at 8 p.m.

Havre 2 6 11 17 — 36
Columbia Falls 4 14 10 22 — 50

HAVRE – Jerod Boles 0-5 0-0 0, Nate Rismon 2-7 0-0 6, Jonathan Faber 0-1 0-0 0, Dane Warp 7-14 1-1 15, Michael Bakke 0-1 2-4 2, Jase Kato 2-4 0-0 4, Kade Rismon 3-12 3-4 9. Totals: 14-44 6-9.

COLUMBIA FALLS – Alex Presnell 3-9 0-0 6, Trevor Houston 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Stenger 0-1 0-0 0, Jayce Fagerland 1-6 1-4 5, Austin Kimmet 0-1 0-0 0, Nakia Alexander 1-3 0-0 2, Ty Morgan 5-12 8-8 19, Mason Gedlaman 0-1 1-2 1, Jared Trinastich 4-8 1-3 9, Grant Wallace 4-6 0-0 8. Totals: 18-49 12-16.

3-pointers: Havre 2-15 (Boles 0-4, N. Rismon 2-6, Faber 0-1, Warp 0-4), Columbia Falls 2-13 (Presnell 0-3, Fagerland 1-4, Alexander 0-1, Morgan 1-5). Rebounds: Havre 27 (Warp 8), Columbia Falls 35 (Trinastich 8). Total fouls: Havre 12, Columbia Falls 12. Fouled out: none. Turnovers: Havre 14, Columbia Falls 10. Assists: Havre 7 (N. Rismon 3), Columbia Falls 9 (Fagerland 5). Steals: Havre 6 (Warp 3), Columbia Falls 7.

Laurel 61, Stevensville 41
Stevensville 7 12 8 14 – 41
Laurel 16 15 14 16 – 61

STEVENSVILLE – Bo Zeiler 0-2 0-0 0, Chris Lords 0-1 0-0 0, Chris Bergman 0-0 1-2 1, Jace Omlid 1-5 0-1 3, James Fry 0-1 0-0 0, Chance Coleman 1-6 0-0 2, Zach Gavlak 7-15 3-5 17, Jared Schultz 4-18 3-6 16, Bryce Torrey 0-2 2-2 2, Carson Katen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-51 10-16 41.

LAUREL – Dylan Meccage 2-4 0-0 6, Keegan Reilly 0-1 1-3 1, Tyler Thompson 4-4 10-13 19, Taylor Maida 4-7 1-2 11, Quinton Holmlund 0-2 0-0 0, Cooper Love 1-2 0-0 3, Caje Golden 2-2 2, Evan Jones 3-5 2-3 9, Zac Allen 5-7 10. Totals 19-32 16-23 61.

3-point goals – Stevi 5-26 (Schultz 4-15, Omlid 1-5), Laurel 7-16 (Meccage 2-4, Thompson 1-1, Maida 2-5 Love 1-2, Jones 1-2). Rebounds – Stevi 29 (Gavlak 7), Laurel 31 (Thompson 6). Total fouls – Stevi 23, Laurel 19. Fouled out – Zeiler. Turnovers – Stevi 18, Laurel 20. Assists – Stevi 9 (Coleman 4), Laurel 14 (Thompson 4). Steals – Stevi 10 (Gavlak 4), Laurel 12 (Thompson 4).

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