Hoops Roundup: Libby Topples Browning, Glacier Splits with Helena Schools

Loggers hand Indians first regular season loss in three years

By Andy Viano
Browning's Justin Burd, left, and Tyree Whitcomb pressure Libby's Jay Beagle during the Northwest Class A district tournament in Whitefish on Feb. 15, 2019. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Libby High School’s boys basketball team moved into a virtual tie atop the Northwest A Conference with a stunning 60-49 win against Browning, handing the Indians their first conference loss since they joined the league for the 2017-18 season.

The Indians (9-4, 6-1 Northwest A) went 10-0 in regular season conference play each of the last two years and suffered their only loss to a league opponent in the 2017-18 district tournament, when Ronan sprung an upset in the semifinals. The win for Libby (11-2, 5-1), meanwhile, is their fifth in a row since a 63-44 loss to Polson on Jan. 18.

The two teams will meet again in Browning on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:15 p.m.

Elsewhere in the Northwest A, the Columbia Falls boys won a pair of games last week, taking down Ronan 52-49 on Jan. 28 and edging Whitefish 54-53 in overtime on Jan. 31. The Wildcats (3-10, 2-3) now sit fourth in the six-team conference.

On the girls side, Browning (12-1, 7-0) remained undefeated and atop the standings with a 52-24 rout of the Loggers.

In Class AA, Glacier’s boys and girls split a weekend series with the two Helena schools, with both teams taking down the Bengals and coming up short against the Bruins. The boys were in Helena, where the Wolfpack (7-4, 4-3) nipped Helena High 56-55 in overtime on Jan. 31 before falling 54-37 to Capital one day later. The Glacier (5-6, 4-3) girls downed the three-time defending state champion Bengals 51-49 at home but were dropped 60-39 by the Bruins on Feb. 1. Flathead’s boys and girls went winless in four tries against the teams from the Queen City.

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