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9C Tournament Extra: Ella Billmayer proud to be part of Turner's Sister Act

Turner senior says the Tornadoes are one big family


February 16, 2017

Colin Thompson

Turner senior Ella Billmayer handles the ball during Wednesday's District 9C girls game against Chinook at the HHS gymnasium. Billmayer has been playing for the Tornadoes since eighth grade, and she is part of a trio of sisters who have helped revive girls basketball in the tiny north central Montana community.

When it comes to Turner girls basketball, it truly has become a family affair. During this District 9C girls basketball tournament, Turner has three sets of sisters playing on what has been the most successful Turner team in more than a decade.

Five years ago however, it was a different story. Turner was struggling to just field a basketball team, and was not that far removed from when the Tornadoes were unable to play a varsity schedule.

That’s the Turner girls basketball program senior Ella Billmayer stepped into as an eighth-grader. Billmayer, now a senior, playing in her fifth 9C to...

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