Records go out the door when one valley team plays another. Although the Corvallis Blue Devils prevailed against Stevensville, the Lady ‘Jackets gave them a run for the win. The scrappy, young Stevensville team never let up against a taller team, even when they were in foul trouble.
Evynne Alexander and freshman Claire Hutchison both were in foul trouble early on for Stevensville whited forced coach Alicia Harris to change her strategy a bit.
“We played hard,” she said. “Both (Isabel) Evans and (Madeline) Gilder are big, strong girls and we don’t have a lot of height. That makes it tough when we get into foul trouble.”
Although Corvallis led the entire game, the Lady ‘Jackets made a run or two at them. Kennedy Praast sank a long three pointer to spark one surge early in the third quarter. Alexander sank a free throw and a field goal to put Stevensville down by only six points. A bucket by Corvallis’ Hannah Hutchison, and then a hook shot by Evans gave Corvallis the momentum again.
“We had some opportunities to work on man (defense) and they came out and switched to a zone and made us change,” said Corvallis coach Andy Knapp. “I think that helped them build some momentum.They knocked down some shots until we got our zone figured out and got things going again.”
Harris said she was happy with the movement her team showed when moving the ball around and with their tough defense. Already down in numbers, the team has some additional injuries and illnesses plaguing them right now. “We are the walking wounded,” concluded Harris.
Corvallis came back in the fourth quarter and held the Lady ‘Jackets to only nine points while extending their lead. Evans finished with 19 points and Gilder added 14. Alexander had 12 points to lead Stevensville.
Corvallis is currently in third place in the Southwest A conference with a 9-6 overall record. They defeated Whitefish, 39-31, in non conference action Saturday.
Corvallis 50, Stevensville 39
Corvallis – Hannah Hutchison 6, Isabell Evans 19, Brooke Powell 4, Jemma Jordan 2, Ashlynn Nixon 5, Madeline Gilder 14
Stevensville – Maddie Simms 3, Kennedy Praast 6, Syd Paul 3, Kelti Wandler 4, Claire Hutchison 8, Shelby Coleman 3, Evynne Alexander 12.
Stevensville fell to Dillon, 44-29, on Saturday. Alexander had 10 points to pace Stevensville.
Dillon 44, Stevensville 29
Stevensville – Evynne Alexander 10; Syd Paul 9; Maddie Sims 8; Claire Hutchison 2.
Dillon – Kylee Pittman 11; Ainsely Shipman 10; Josey Jones 7; Abby Brevig 4; Lauryn Peterson 3; Jordyn Walker 3; Tylia DeJohn 2.
The Lady Broncs of Hamilton defeated the Lady Broncs of Frenchtown in conference play, 40-24. Katelyn Dickemore led all scorers with 14 points. Hamilton’s defense shut Frenchtown down in the second quarter and never let up the rest of the game. They are currently in second place.
Hamilton 40, Frenchtown 24
Hamilton – Katelyn Dickemore 14, Rylee Brackman 9, Taryn Searle 7, Maggie Ringer 5, Brynnli Poulsen 3, Emily Wildey 2.
Frenchtown – Hope Rebich 8, Lauren Demmons 6, Shelby Smith 5, Kiya Shelton 3, Faith Rebich 2.
Florence had a conference win over Arlee on Saturday After a close first quarter, Florence went to work and started making their shots. Sophomore Kasidy Yeoman accounted for 23 of the 59 points Florence scored in the 59-29 win over the Scarletts.
Florence 59, Arlee 29
Arlee – Jerny Crawford 8; Peyton Lammerding 7; Bolen Princess 3; Raven Parson 2; McKirah Fisher 2; Halle Adams 2; Lark Thomas 1; Titania Laphaie 1; McKaryss Fisher 0.
Florence – Kolbi Wood 2, Emma Stensrud 3, Carina McCollum 5, Kylie Kovatch 4, Kasidy Yeoman 23, Kelsen Zahn 7, Trista Williams 9, Josie Lewis 6.
Thursday night, the Lady Falcons were in St. Ignatius for a non conference game. The Lady Bulldogs doubled Florence in the first quarter and built a sizable lead. But Florence came back in the third and were gaining ground when time ran out. The final score: St. Ignatius 53, Florence 50. Lone senior Emma Stensrud scored 20 points for Florence.
St. Ignatius 53, Florence 50
Florence Emma Stensrud 20, Kassidy Yeoman 11, Kylie Kovatch 9, Kolbi Wood 4, Trista Williams 4, Kelson Zahn 2.
St. Ignatius – Azia Umphrey 25, Karolyna Buck 7, Sydney Brander 6, Olivia Garland 5, Kooper Page 5, Mady Currie 5.
Florence topped Bigfork in non conference action on Friday night, 50-40.
Darby defeated Valley Christian, 45-26, in 13C action. The Lady Tigers held Valley Christian to only two points in the first quarter and nine in the first half. Darby was led by Lexie Buhler’s 12 points.
Darby 45, Valley Christian 26
Valley Christian – Mackenzie Dierking 12, Lanessa Gedney 5, Bella Roff 4, Lanaya Gedney 3, Maggie Harvey 2.
Darby – Lexie Buhler 12, Gracie Lang 8, Kimber Schlapman 7, Madison Conner 6, Kara Goodwin 4, Annie Rennaker 4, America Baugus 2, Makena Hawkinson 2.
Victor lost to Clark Fork.