Hoops teams take third in districts, open divisionals Thursday

February 26, 2020 1:00 AM

The Vikings and Valkyries will both enter the Western B Divisional Basketball Tournament as No. 3 seeds after splitting a pair of games in the district tournament last week.

The boys will open divisionals at 10:30 a.m. in Hamilton Thursday as they take on Anaconda while the girls will play their opening game at 8 p.m. Thursday, also against Anaconda.

Vikings 44,

Mission 47

The Vikings took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter at home against Mission last Thursday in the district semifinals, but could not hold on down the stretch as the Bulldogs escaped with a three-point victory.

Bigfork shot 40 percent from the field in the loss, but went just 3-21 from three-point range and made only three of eight from the charity stripe.

The Vikings jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one quarter of play, but were outscored 18-6 in the second quarter as Mission grabbed a 27-21 halftime advantage. Bigfork rallied to take a 33-32 lead into the final eight minutes.

Colt Thorness led the Viking scoring attack with 15 points and added five rebounds while Isaac Bjorge filled up the stat sheet with nine points, five steals, four rebounds and two blocks. Isaac Epperly contributed eight points and six boards, Wyatt Reichenbach had seven points and six rebounds, Walker Fisher scored three and Bryce Gilliard added two points.

Vikings 45, Thompson Falls 36

The Vikings used a 30-16 second-half rally to get past Thompson Falls to take third place at the district tournament in Libby Saturday as Gilliard poured in 11 points with 10 points each from Epperly and Thorness.

After leading by one at the end of the first quarter, the Vikings found themselves down 20-15 at the half before finding their offense in the second half.

Bjorge was once again a force all over the court with six points, nine rebounds and four blocks while Reichenbach and Fisher each scored three points and Wyatt Duke added two.

Valkyries 39,

Eureka 42

The Valkyries suffered a close loss in their opening game of the district tournament in Bigfork Friday, falling to the Lady Lions by three.

Rebounding and bench scoring were the difference in the game as Eureka pulled down 30 rebounds to Bigfork’s 19 while the Lady Lion reserves outscored the Valkyries 18-6.

Emma Berreth led the Bigfork effort with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists while Ansleigh Edgerton added 10 points and three rebounds. Maddison Chappuis scored four, Isabella Santistevan and Audrey Buenz each scored three and Scout Nadeau and Ashton McAnally had two points each.

Valkyries 53, Mission 25

The Valkyries bounced back with a convincing win over the Lady Bulldogs at the district tournament in Libby Saturday, grabbing a 31-9 halftime lead en route to downing Mission by 28.

Bigfork dominated the glass, out rebounding the Lady Bulldogs 46-30, including a 33-17 advantage on the defensive end.

Edgerton’s double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds led the way for the Valkyries while Berreth added 14 points and eight boards. Nadeau had eight points, Santistevan added five, Chappuis, Buenz and Zoey Albert each scored two and Jessica Newton had one point. McAnally finished with seven rebounds and five steals in the win. ■

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Mission’s Madyson Currie and Bigfork’s Emma Berreth scramble for the ball in first quarter. (Paul Sievers/The Western News)

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Callie Martinz brings the ball down court in fourth quarter vs. Mission. (Paul Sievers/The Western News)

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Bigfork’s Emma Berreth goes in for a shot against Mission Saturday. (Paul Sievers/The Western News)

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Bigfork’s Isaac Bjorge (23) looks to shoot between Mission’s Jedi Christy (24) and Layne Spidel (32) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Bigfork’s Colt Thorness (1) looks to shoot in front of Mission’s Layne Spidel (32) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Bigfork’s Bryce Gilliard (15) grabs a rebound for a putback over Mission’s Kolten Gardipe (3) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Zoran LaFrombois (4) drives to the hoop against Bigfork’s Walker Fisher (5) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Isaiah Nasewytewa (10), Jedi Christy (24) and Hayden Currie (44) celebrate after a 47-44 win over Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Jedi Christy (24) drives to the basket against Bigfork’s Isaac Bjorge (23) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Bigfork’s Isaac Bjorge (23) shoots against St. Ignatius’ Ross McPherson (12) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Jedi Christy (24) drives to the basket against Bigfork’s Isaac Bjorge (23) and Colt Thorness (1) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Davien Adams (23), Zoran LaFrombois (4) and Jedi Christy (24) celebrate after the Bulldogs’ 47-44 win over Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mission’s Jedi Christy (24) drives to the basket against Bigfork’s Isaac Bjorge (23) and Colt Thorness (1) at Bigfork High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)