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Hawks fly high

CJI battles past rival North Star, and into 9C girls semifinals


February 16, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chester-Joplin-Inverness' Kayona Fraser, right, drives against North Star's Paij Peterson during Thursday afternoon's District 9C girls first-round game at the HHS gymnasium. The Hawks beat their biggest rival in what was an exciting finish. CJI now plays top-ranked Box Elder in today's first girls semifinal, which tips at 4.

The Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks and North Star Knights know each other well. They're separated by just a few miles, and players and coaches see each other often. So it was no surprise that the latest rivalry meeting between the Hawks and Knights would go right down to the wire.

Thursday afternoon, in the opening round of the District 9C girls basketball tournament, the Hawks outscored the Knights 16-8 in a spectacular fourth quarter, winning 42-36, and advancing to tonight's semifinal against top-seeded Box Elder.

"We do know each other well," CJI head coach Kristie Pulst said. "It's a...

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