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Short-handed Stevi falls to Dillon

Bailey Vercruyssen makes a move to the basket as Janet Moore of Dillon tries to defend her. Jean Schurman photo

The Lady Yellowjackets of Stevensville had a different look to them on Saturday in their game against Dillon. Gone was all state player, Alycia Sims, along with a couple of other starters. Sims, who injured her ankle against Corvallis earlier in the week, spent the game with her foot in a bucket of ice. A couple of other players were benched for disciplinary action according to coach Brandon Day.
“It’s been a tough week for us,” said Day. “We’re a little short-handed.”
With Sims sitting, the Stevensville team had to adjust their game plan and did a pretty good job for most of the game. The Lady ‘Jackets had the lead at the half but the Beavs came out and took the lead in the third quarter. Stevensville came back and took the lead when Kayla Peterson was fouled as she hit a basket. The free throw gave Stevi the edge. The two teams battled back and forth and with a little more than a minute left in the game, Kyla Paulson hit a long three point shot from the top of the key. Audrey Schurg of Dillon retaliated with a trey of her own with 40 seconds remaining to give Dillon the lead for good. Paulsen hit another basket for Stevensville to narrow the margin to one point.
“These girls had their mind set that they were going to win this game without Alycia and they almost got it,” said Day. “I feel bad for them. They busted their butts and played really hard. You have six girls, two of them which haven’t played varsity, and four girls who didn’t come out of the game at all. I’m proud of them.”
Dillon 38, Stevensville 37
Dillon – Lamey 11, Schurg 8, Nye 6, Linder 5, Parke 4, Meine 2, Moore 2.
Stevensville – Kayla Peterson 13, Kyla Paulsen 11, Carly Vercruyssen 9, Bailey Vercruyssen 4.
Stevensville defeated Corvallis, 54-40, in an inter valley match up on Thursday. The Lady ‘Jackets had a 20 point third quarter to secure the win. Sims had 26 points in the game and Paulsen added 21 points.
Stevensville 54, Corvallis 40
Stevensville – B. Vercruyssen 1, C. Vercruyssen 1, Alycia Sims 26, Paulsen 21, Peterson 3, Madison Bosch 2.
Corvallis – Lakyn Connors 13, Chelsi Clarke 4, Carlie Jessop 9, Jordan Miller 6, Courtney Albright 8.
Corvallis fell to Anaconda, 61-43, on Friday. Lakyn Connors and Carlie Jessop each had 15 points for the Blue Devils.
Anaconda 61, Corvallis 43
Anaconda–Flynn 6, Gallagher 13, Moodry 5, Huber 2, Strommen 7, Peterson 20, Knadler 2, Baustadt 6.
Corvallis – Connors 15, Jessop 15, Miller 4, Albright 2, Breann Luedecke 2, Sydonia Curtis 3, Clarke 2.
Hamilton continued their winning streak; picking up wins over Class AA Hellgate and a conference win over Anaconda. The Lady Broncs edged Hellgate, 65-63. Taylor Goligoski had 24 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Hamilton team.
Hamilton 65, Hellgate 63
Hellgate– Duce 8, Resner 11, Martens 16, Hogan 13, Hinther 9, Henthorn 2, Glassy 2, Wilson 2,
HAMILTON – Taylor Goligoski 24, Kali Hayes 3, Jaylee Albert 5, Bri Huggans 11, Sami Kratofil 14, Mckayl Rothie 6, Ellie Hurlbert 2,
The Lady Broncs rolled over Anaconda, 61-35, on Saturday. Goligoski had 31 points and Jaylee Albert added 11.
Florence ran into a tough Deer Lodge team on Saturday. The Wardens jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first quarter and never let Florence back into the game. Florence had two starters on the bench with injuries. Jill Harris and Courtney Byrne are expected to be back later this month but their absence was evident. Megan Byrne had 12 points to pace Florence. Kyndall Hoff added nine.
Florence fell to Frenchtown, 68-37, in non-conference action on Thursday. Megan Byrne, Cass Skeers, and Jill Harris each scored eight points in the game.

Victor’s Shai Scheffer battles for the basketball against an unknown Alberton player. Jean Schurman photo

Victor split their games this week, narrowly losing to Valley Christian and then defeating Alberton.
Shai Scheffer had 15 points and Desiree Charlton added 13 in Victor’s 45-43 loss to Valley Christian. The Lady Pirates had the lead at the end of the third quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead.
Valley Christian 45, Victor 43
Victor – Shai Scheffer 15, Carly Conely 2, Ryanne Tracy 2, Skye Mitcham 5, Haley Tillotson 6, Desiree Charlton 13.
Valley Christian – Moser 6, Kelly 7, Hill 12, Dybdal 2, Velin 5, Dargan 13.
The Lady Pirates jumped out to an early lead and went on to win, 45-34, over Alberton. Charlton had a great inside game, dropping in 20 points for the Lady Pirates.
Darby defeated St. Regis, 54-36. The Lady Tigers had four players in double figures. Julie Abrahamsen had 14 points to lead all players. Keely Ehmann added 13 and Lauren Dolcater and Brianna Massey each had 10 points.
Darby fell to Drummond, 64-36, in 13C action on Saturday. Abrahamsen had 16 points to pace the Lady Tigers.

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