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Hi-Line Boys Roundup: Big Sandy, Rocky Boy roll on

Last week's snowstorm brought local basketball to a screeching halt, but after the short delay in action, a handful of games did get played late in the weekend.

On Friday, the 10C Chester-J/I Hawks were the only local team to take the floor. But the Hawks weren't able to grab the home win, as Heart Butte defeated C/J-I 55-50 in Chester.

Chester/J-I's Mike Henke, left, pulls a rebound away from Chinook's Grant Tilleman during Saturday night's Class C boys basketball game in Chinook. The Hawks edged the Sugarbeeters in a thriller.

The Hawks got off to a slow start, trailing 22-5 after the first quarter. But finding a way to heat things up in the second frame, the Hawks were able to make the game more competitive down the stretch. The Hawks posted 21 in the second quarter, nine in the third and 15 in the fourth. Heart Butte's seven point fourth quarter nearly allowed the Hawks to come from behind for a win.

C/J-I was led by Dell Harmon's 13 points, and Jordan Oraw's nine.

C/J-I's Dell Harmon, right, floats a shot during Saturday night's Class C boys game in Chinook.

The Hawks were also back in action on Saturday, as they took on the 9C Chinook Sugarbeeters in Chinook.

This time the Hawks found a way to win, defeating the Beeters 51-49.

Chinook nearly put the Hawks away after another slow start by C/J-I. Chinook led 15-5 after the first frame, but the Hawks returned the favor with a 10-3 outscoring of the Beeters in the second quarter. The Beeters dominated the third frame, but the Hawks' 22 points I in the fourth was enough to ensure the win.

Zach Molyneaux led the Beeters with 16 points, while Justin May led the Hawks with 12. Harmon added 10.

Chinook's Lane Seymour, right, hoists up a shot during a Class C boys game between the Beeters and Chester/J-I Saturday night in Chinook.

C/J-I will be back in action on Friday when they host Sunburst, and on Saturday when they travel to Simms. The Beeters will face North Star on the road on Friday, and will host Box Elder on Saturday.

In more 9C action Saturday, the Box Elder Bears and Turner Tornadoes also faced off on Saturday. The Bears defeated the Tornadoes 66-47 in Turner.

The Tornadoes put up a fight through the first eight minutes, but still trailed by three points. The Bears then took over and steadily distanced themselves from the Tornadoes. Turner did put up 18 in the fourth quarter, but Box Elder's 18 in the second, 21 in the third and 13 in the fourth was too much to match.

Randall Gardipee led the Bears with 25 points, while Lonnie Plain Bull Jr. added 14. Turner got a game-high 26 points from Lucas Reed.

The Bears will host Big Sandy on Friday before facing Chinook on the road on Saturday. Turner will host Dodson on Friday before hosting North Star on Saturday.

Chinook's Scott Schmitt flies in for a scoop during Saturday night's game in Chinook.

North Star has struggled all season long, and on Saturday, the Big Sandy Pioneers took full advantage in another 9C matchup. The Pioneers dominated the Knights 80-46.

Big Sandy was paced by Jerry Hanson's 16, but also got 14 from Trevor Lackner and 13 from Kaden Beck. Kyle Strutz also added 11 points to the mix. North Star was led by Gavin Spinler's 16 and Cooper Spicher's 12.

Big Sandy travels to Box Elder on Friday and will host Denton on Saturday. North Star will host Chinook on Friday and will face Turner on the road on Saturday.

In Class B action, the Rocky Boy Stars are still undefeated on the season, though Saturday's win came by just three points. The Stars defeated Choteau 76-73 in Rocky Boy.

After holding a 10-point lead through the first quarter, the Stars entered the break holding an eight-point lead over Choteau. The Bulldogs outscored the Stars 19-17 in the third quarter and 25-22 in the fourth, but the narrow lead the Stars were able to build in the first half was just enough to get Rocky Boy the win.

Junior Day Child led the Stars with 22 points, while Elijah Gopher, Desmond Parker, and Darien Lafromboise all scored 11 points.

Rocky Boy will host Harlem on Friday and will travel to Cut Bank on Saturday.

Friday

Heart Butte 55, Chester-J/I 50

Heart Butte 22 15 11 7 – 55

C/J-I 5 21 9 15 – 50

Heart Butte — Still Smoking 1, Denney 6, Young Running Crane 8, Skunkcap 9, Bull Shoe 19, J. Aimsback 12.

Chester-J/I — Jordan Oraw 9, Dell Harmon 13, Tim Stokes 6, Mike Henke 4, Steven May 6, Cody Ramburg 4, Dustan Romain 4, Justin May 4.

Saturday

Chester/J-I 51, Chinook 49

C/J-I 5 10 14 22 — 51

Chinook 15 3 18 13 — 49

C/J-I — Dell Harmon 10, Tim Stokes 6, Mike Henke 8, Steven May 9, Dustin Romain 6, Justin May 12. Totals 20 6-11.

Chinook — Lane Seymour 7, Dylan Surber 13, Scott Schmitt 4, Zach Molyneaux 16, Grant Tilleman 9. Totals 20 5-10.

Box Elder 66, Turner 47

Box Elder 14 18 21 13 — 66

Turner 11 9 9 18 — 47

Box Elder — Brandon The Boy 4, Clayton Morsette, Jr. 7, Randall Gardipee 25, Quinn Baker 5, Nathan Parker 3, Thomas Parisian 4, Lonnie Plain Bull, Jr., 14, Jacob Burns 1, Lee Webster 3. Totals 28 4-7.

Turner — Dylan Welsh 7, Tyler Humphrey 2, Bret VanValkenburg 12, Lucas Reed 26. Totals 20 4-19

Big Sandy 80, North Star 46

Big Sandy 17 33 15 15 – 80

North Star 13 17 8 8 – 46

Big Sandy – Zac Leader 4, Kyle Strutz 11, Jesse Bailey 11, Jerry Hanson 16, Kaden Beck 13, Trevor Lackner 14, T.J. Shipp 2, Bryant Jones 6, Lawrence Allderdice 2. Totals: 32 13-25.

North Star – Cooper Spicher 12, Quinn Spinler 4, Sam Ulmen 4, Jaxon Simonson 2, Willy Gilead 4, Gavin Spinler 16, Payton Peterson 2, Donovan Ulmen 2. Totals: 19 3-9.

Rocky Boy 76 Choteau 73

Choteau 12 17 19 25 — 73

Rocky Boy 22 15 17 22 — 76

Choteau – Wyatt Bannabecker 30, Liam Breen 11, Kyle Gollehon 11, Collin Achenbach 15, Dylan Bannabecker 6. Totals: 24 16-23

Rocky Boy – Elijah Gopher 11, Junior Day Child 22, Justin Raining Bird 5, Kelsey Standing Rock 10, Desmond Parker 11, Darien Lafromboise 11, Cecil Lafromboise 6. 31 8-13.

 

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