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Chinook stumbles in opening game of Class C State Tournament

Heading into the Class C State Girls Basketball Tournament in Billings, the Chinook girls basketball team was looking to continue its strong run this season. The Sugarbeeters had already won the District 9C this season and only had one loss heading into their contest against Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale on Wednesday night. But the Sugarbeeters ran into the toughest team they have faced this year as they lost, 65-25, to start the tournament.

After a 5-5 tie to start the game, the Mavericks went on a quick 6-0 run to take an 11-5 lead. Hallie Neibauer scored for Chinook trying to keep pace, but the Mavericks got another pair of buckets. Neibauer scored to end the quarter, but the Mavericks had a 15-9 lead.

The Mavericks then started the second quarter with a 9-0 run all from Paige Wasson. With the run, the Mavericks were now in control with a 24-9 lead. The Sugarbeeters eventually got some buckets as they tried to keep pace. Thanks to the efforts of Neibauer and Anna Terry, the Sugarbeeters still had a chance trailing, 29-17, halfway through the second.

However, the Mavericks went on another 9-0 run to extend their lead to 38-17. Neibauer put an end to the run with a three, but the Sugarbeeters trailed, 38-20, heading into halftime.

The Mavericks opened the third with a pair of buckets to push the lead to 42-20. Mya Berreth scored in response for Chinook, but the Mavericks scored another pair of buckets to make it a 46-22 game.

Alexus Seymour knocked down a three to cut Chinook's deficit to 46-25, but the Mavericks went on a 4-0 run to end the third to take a 50-25 lead into the fourth. The Mavericks then shut out the Sugarbeeters in the fourth to put the game out of reach for good.

Wasson finished the game with 23 points to lead the Mavericks. Teagan Erickson also had a strong start to the tournament with 15 points for the Mavericks. Neibauer was the lone Sugarbeeter in double digits as she finished the game with 15 points.

With their win, the Mavericks advanced to the semifinal tonight to face Manhattan Christian. Meanwhile, the Chinook girls basketball team played Roberts in a loser-out game earlier this morning at the First Interstate Arena at Metrapark in Billings.

SWH 65, Chinook 25

CHI - 9 11 5 0 - 25

SWH - 15 23 12 15 - 65

CHI - Hallie Neiabuer 15, Anna Terry 5, Alexus Seymour 3, Mya Berreth 2.

SWH - Paige Wasson 23, Teagan Erickson 15, Kora LaBrie 13, Shelbi LaBrie 6, Mattea McColly 6, Josie Brown 2.


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