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Box Elder girls celebrate a historic night in Butte with their first Class C state championship in 20 years


March 12, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Box Elder's Maddie Wolf Chief, left, drives the ball during Saturday night's Class C state championship game against Winnett-Grass Range at the Butte Civic Center. The Bears defeated the Rams, capturing their first state title since 1998.

BUTTE - The Box Elder girls didn't win the District 9C championship in 2018. They didn't win the Northern C title either. But on Saturday night inside the Butte Civic Center, none of that mattered.

That's because the Bears did beat Winnett-Grass Range 52-34 in the Class C state championship game. So for Box Elder - their first state title in girls basketball in 20 years - the trophy they hoisted over their heads in front of their fans Saturday night, that's the only trophy that mattered.

"We deserved this, we've worked so hard," junior Lilly Gopher said. "I'm so proud of my team, and the...

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