Glacier Boys, Girls End Regular Season With Wins

Western AA divisional tournament begins Thursday in Missoula

The Western AA divisional tournament tips off at Sentinel High School in Missoula on March 5 and it will begin with a pair of rematches for the Glacier Wolfpack.

In the girls tourney, fourth-seeded Glacier (9-9, 8-6 Western AA) will take on fifth-seed Helena (8-10, 6-8), just days after the Wolfpack finished a season sweep of the Bengals with a 57-52 win in Helena on Feb. 29. Glacier won the first meeting of the year between the two teams 51-49 on Jan. 31. Flathead (4-14, 3-11) earned the No. 7 seed and will begin the tournament on March 5 against Missoula Hellgate (16-2, 12-2). Helena Capital (17-1, 13-1) won the regular season title and is seeded first at the divisional.

Glacier’s boys have an identical matchup as the girls to begin their tournament, with the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (9-9, 6-8) taking on fifth-seeded Helena (7-11, 6-8) in the first round. Like the girls, Glacier’s boys swept the season series from the Bengals, including a 48-41 regular-season ending win in Kalispell on Feb. 29. Flathead (3-15, 2-12) is seeded seventh and will take on Helena Capital (14-4, 11-3) on March 5. Missoula Hellgate (18-0, 14-0) is the top seed.

The top four boys and girls teams from the divisional will reach the Class AA state tournament, March 12-14 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.