Flathead, Glacier Split Crosstown Games

Braves snap crosstown losing streak, Wolfpack wins seventh-straight matchup against the Bravettes

By Micah Drew
Gabe Adams of the Flathead Braves flies in for a shot against Glacier Wolfpack defenders Keifer Spohnhauer and Colin Presnell at Glacier High School in Kalispell on Jan. 22, 2021. The Braves beat the Wolfpack 62-48. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

The Flathead Braves (3-2 Western AA) came into the first of two 2021 crosstown matchups looking to break a five-game losing streak against rival Glacier, and the Braves put away the Wolfpack 62-48.

From the first whistle the Braves wasted no time setting the tone for the night’s game, quickly shooting up to a 12-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. The Wolfpack kept the Braves from extending that lead in the first half, inching it closer to 27-18, but were unable to stop Flathead from pouring it on the second half.

Hunter Hickey sunk 12 points for the Braves in the second half and Joston Cripe, Flathead’s leading scorer, put up nine shots from the free throw line.

The Braves also had a huge night defensively, coming into the matchup giving up a league-worst 68 points per game, but managed to hold Glacier’s top scorer, Weston Price, to seven points.

The boys will take to the court again at Flathead on Feb. 23.

Flathead           12       15     16   19    —    62
Glacier              5        13      14   16    —    48

FLATHEAD — Joston Cripe 22, Hunter Hickey 18, Ethan VandenBosch 12, Gabe Adams 8, Ezra Epperly 2,

GLACIER — Jaxson Olsen 17, Weston Price 7, Connor Sullivan 6, Luke Bilau 6, Tyler Olsen 5, Keifer Spohnhauer 5, Noah Dowler 2

Bridget Crowley of the Flathead Bravettes battles for the rebound against Glacier Wolfpack defenders Ellie Keller and Emma Anderson at Glacier High School in Kalispell on Jan. 22, 2021.The Wolfpack won 45-27. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Earlier in the evening, the Glacier Wolfpack girls (2-2 Western AA) extended their crosstown streak against Flathead to seven consecutive wins, downing the Bravettes 45-27 on Friday night.

After a close first quarter where the Wolfpack only edged ahead of Flathead 9-5, the Glacier girls went on a 12-0 run, feeding off numerous turnovers and erratic shooting by the Bravettes (1-3 Western AA) to go up 23-13 at the break.

Ellie Keller and Kenzie Williams continued their high scoring play for the Wolfpack this season, helping to extend the double digit lead in the second half, outscoring the Bravettes 22-14 after the break.

The two teams will meet again on Feb. 25 with the Bravettes hosting.

Glacier                 9       14     9   13    —    45
Flathead              5        8      4   19    —    27

GLACIER — Ellie Keller 12, Kenzie Williams 11, Janessa Henson 6, Kaylee Fritz 6, Emma Anderson 5, Bethany Sorensen 3, Sidney Gulick 2.

FLATHEAD — Madelyn Moy 9, Clare Converse 6, Akilah Kubi 4, Maddie Engle 3, Kuyra Siegel 3, Molly Winters 1, Olivia Pate 1.

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