Basketball Roundup Jan 25: Wildkats Keep Cruising

Northwest Montana basketball roundup through Jan. 23

By Micah Drew
Ellie Keller of the Glacier Wolfpack charges up the court against the Flathead Bravettes at Glacier High School in Kalispell on Jan. 22, 2021.The Wolfpack won 45-27. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Girls:

A day after winning crosstown, Ellie Keller’s 16 points and Kenzie Williams’ 13 led Glacier to a road win over Butte, 57-39.

Hannah Schweikert’s 21 points paced unbeaten and fourth-ranked Columbia Falls past Class B No. 7 Eureka 67-49. The Wildkats, who also received 17 points from LaKia Hill and 14 from Maddie Robison, put the game away with a 21-8 fourth quarter.  A day later, the Wildkats continued their success, handing Hamilton its first loss of the season 48-37.

Brook Smith topped all scorers with 18 points as Whitefish overcame Libby 49-31. Gracie Smyley and Jadi Walburn helped the Bulldogs to a 55-21 toppling of Polson the next day.

Emma Berreth scored 15 points and Bigfork pitched a first-quarter shutout in downing Troy 47-10. Callie Gambala and Scout Nadeau each added nine for the Valkyries, who led 13-0 after eight minutes and 30-2 at intermission. Elaine Folkerts led the Trojans with five points.

Boys:

Cade Morgan had the hot hand with 21 points, Jace Hill added 14 and Alec Knapton provided 12 to power Columbia Falls past Eureka 68-42. Gavin Bates had 13 and TJ Carr 10 for the Lions.

Libby’s Caden Williams poured in 25 points and TJ Anderson provided a boost with 19 to lead the Loggers past Whitefish 52-39.  The Loggers led by two at halftime but did most of their damage with an 11-4 third quarter. Bodie Smith scored 13 points and Talon Holmquist 11 for the Bulldogs.

Undefeated Polson handed Whitefish a double loss on the week, crushing them 72-52. The Pirates sprinted to a 24-7 lead after the first quarter. Jayce Cripe led the Bulldogs with 16 points and Holmquist added 15.

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