Crusaders to play for MCAA state title

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BOZEMAN — The Flathead Valley Homeschool Crusaders outscored Foothills Community Christian School 23-7 in the second half to pull away for a 39-28 semifinal victory at the Montana Christian Athletic Association state girls basketball tournament on Friday.

Flathead Valley trailed 21-16 at the half, but opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run.

Elizabeth Buckner paced FVHS with 15 points. Corey Connerly chipped in 14.

Kenzie Huston topped Foothills with 16.

Flathead Valley (15-4) advances to today’s title game at 2:30 p.m. versus the defending state champions — Heritage Christian School, who beat Stillwater Christian School in the other Friday semifinal.

Stillwater plays a loser-out game today at 8:30 a.m.

Flathead Valley 8 8 13 10 — 39

Foothills Community 11 10 1 6 — 28

FLATHEAD VALLEY HOMESCHOOL — Codi Kenney 4, Britney Howery 2, Elizabeth Buckner 15, Corey Connerly 14, MaKaila Burligame 4.

FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL — Hattie Bumgarner 6, Kassi Huston 2, Keileigh Fulbright 4, Kenzie Huston 16.

Stillwater Christian 71, Billings Christian 23

BOZEMAN — Selah Neumann had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead Stillwater Christian School past Billings Christian School in first-round play on Thursday.

Madison Morken netted 12 points for the Cougars and Abigail Hudson added 10.

The win advanced Stillwater to semifinal play on Friday versus Heritage Christian School.

Stillwater Christian 19 14 18 20 — 71

Billings Christian 6 5 10 2 — 23

STILLWATER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL — Cora Boll 9, Ramey Metzger 2, Kayla Oyler 4, Marae Tintzman 2, Madison Morken 12, Sophia Sulzbacher 4, Helen Hashley 9, Selah Neumann 19, Abigail Hudson 10.


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