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Box Elder girls are back in state championship game

A win over Savage has the Box Elder girls one win away from back-to-back state titles.

 

Colin Thompson

Joenlnell Momberg shoots the ball at the Northern C tournament last week in Great Falls. She has scored 49 points in two games at state as the Bears are one win away from back-to-back Class C state titles.

The Box Elder Bears have a thing for playing in All-Northern C state championship games and after beating the Savage Warriors Friday night in Great Falls in the Class C state semifinals, they will play Northern C rival Roy-Winifred for the Class C state title Saturday night.

The Bears, who lost to the Outlaws last week in the Northern C girls championship game, will now battle them again, on the same floor inside the Four Seasons with a second straight state championship on the line. Box Elder beat Winnett-Grass Range for the championship in Butte last season. The Bears also played Belt in an All-Northern C championship game back in 2016 won by the Huskies.

In order to keep its hopes alive of winning back-to-back titles, Box Elder first had to defeat a scrappy Savage team that trailed by as many as 18 but cut the deficit to six late in the fourth quarter. However, two free throws by Sarah Parisian pushed the lead to 59-51 and that ended up being the final margin.

Parisian may have helped ice the win, but early on, Joelnell Momberg did much of the heavy lifting as she scored nine points in the first quarter as the Bears built a 19-9 lead after the opening stanza.

The junior, who scored 24 points in a win over Ekalaka Thursday night in the quarterfinals, bested that performance with 25 against Savage. She connected on nine shots from the field and made three 3-pointers.

Despite Momberg's dominance, Savage was within striking distance at the half, trailing 31-20. But in the third quarter, the Bears were able to extend their lead and a hoop by Momberg late in the stanza pushed the lead to 15 points. The Warriors made a run late in the fourth quarter, but Box Elder basically controlled things throughout in what was an eight-point win.

Momberg's 25 points led all scorers, while Lily Gopher also contributed with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Prior to Box Elder's win over Savage, Roy-Winifred took down Scobey by a score of 60-50, setting up the rematch of last week's Northern C championship game.

Tip-off between Box Elder and Roy-Winifred for the Class C state championship will be set for approximately 8 p.m., inside the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

 

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