Longhorns stampede their way into 9C semifinals

Fort Benton girls bounce CJI, setting up a showdown with the Tornadoes tonight


February 14, 2019

Colin Thompson

Fort Benton's Aspen Giese, left, goes in for a layup during Wednesday night's 9C girls first-round game between the Longhorns and the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks. With the win, Fort Benton advanced to tonight's semifinal against Turner.

In its opening-round victory over the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks Wednesday inside the HHS gymnasium, the Fort Benton Longhorns didn't play their most efficient offensive game of the season. But in the end, the Fort Benton defense was so dominant that it didn't matter.

After forcing 21 turnovers in the first half of an impressive performance defensively, Fort Benton jumped out to a 36-5 halftime lead, as the Hawks managed just two field goals and nine field-goal attempts in the first 16 minutes of play. By the time the game reached the fourth quarter, the mercy rule was in effect and Fo...

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