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Box Elder crushes Ekalaka, rolls into Class C state semifinals


Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Box Elder's Lilly Gopher, left, shoots over a Ekalaka defender during Thursday night's Class C girls state tournament game at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. The Bears shrugged off a slow start to blow past the Bulldogs and into tonight's semifinal against Savage.

GREAT FALLS - For part of the first half, it seemed that the Ekalaka Bulldogs would be able to hang with the Box Elder Bears.

But after constant pressure from Box Elder and a 12-0 run in the second quarter, it was clear that the Bears were in a class by themselves Thursday night as they rolled Ekalaka, 71-39, on their way to the Class C semifinals thanks to the convincing win inside the Four Seasons Arena.

"I thought we did a lot better job with defense and rebounding," Box Elder head coach Joel Rosette said. "The girls came out and executed and we made them take a lot of tough shots an...

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