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Victor holds on for win over Darby

Victor's Skye Mitcham keeps her eye on the ball as Keeley Ehmann of Darby looms over her. Jean Schurman photo


The Lady Pirates held off a late surging Darby team to take a 60-47 conference win over the Lady Tigers. Victor came out strongly and built up a 28-point lead by the end of three quarters. Powered by Shai Scheffer’s 16 points and Haley Tillotson 14 points, the Lady Pirates played a solid offensive game.
“The girls played hard. It was a good bounce-back mentally for us after coming off a really tough loss up at Seeley,” said Victor coach Drew Huls. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence. I don’t know where that comes from but they’re doing the right things in practice and I think that goes a long ways.”
Darby is playing without senior starter Julie Abrahamsen who sustained a season ending knee injury in practice. The Lady Tigers didn’t run their pressure defense because of this.
“We can’t run right that now because the girls don’t know those positions well enough yet,” said Darby coach JP McCrossin. “That didn’t affect tonight though. Victor did a good job hitting their shots; we just didn’t get the job done on our end. But I am very proud of our kids. There is no quit in them.”
While Victor was hitting and extending their lead, Darby was struggling with both their field goals and free throws. McCrossin said his team only hit 42 percent at the charity line and that was the difference in the game.
Victor 60, Darby 47
Darby – Keely Ehmann 15, Seanna Abrahamsen 4, Lacey Dolcater 12, Lauren Dolcater 14, Sydney Bergren 2.
Victor – Shai Scheffer 16, Ryanne Tracy 7, Skye Mitcham 13, Haley Tillotson 14, Desiree Charlton 6, Amber Ibey 4.
The Lady Pirates had the daunting task of stopping the Drummond Trojans on Friday. Drummond hadn’t lost a conference game yet this season and the game against Victor was no different. Although the Lady Pirates stayed right with Drummond in the first quarter, the size and speed of the Lady Trojans wore Victor down. Drummond won, 59-39. Tillotson had 14 points to pace the Lady Pirates. (Drummond lost to Seeley-Swan on Saturday night.)
Drummond 59, Victor 39
V – Schaffer 6, Tracy 6, Mitcham 6, Tillotson 14, Charlton 7.
Drummond – Bryant 7, Paske 13, Bignell 17, Mannix 5, Parke 8, Henderson 7.
Charlo defeated Victor 36-16.
Darby lost to Lincoln, 45-33, in Lincoln on Friday. Brianna Massey had 19 points for the Lady Tigers.
Lincoln 45, Darby 33
Darby– Massey 19, Lacey Dolcater 6, Lauren Dolcater 6, Seanna Abrahamsen 2.
Lincoln –Erickson 14, Denboer 9, Maughn 7, Menard 6, Denboer 4, Krier 2.
Florence rolled over Thompson Falls, 62-36, in a Western B match. Three Lady Falcons scored in double figures with Courtney Byrne leading the way with 16 points. Cody Miller had 12 and Kyndall Hoff dropped in 11 points. Florence improved to 8-4 overall and are in second place in District 6B. Thompson Falls is in first place in District 7B.
Florence 62, Thompson Falls 36

Florence– Megan Byrne 8, Cass Skeers 7, Courtney Byrne 16, Hailey Huot 3, Cody Miller 12, Carli O’Brian 3, Katie Benson 2, Kyndall Hoff 11.
Thompson Falls– Reid 2, Fitchett 9, Sorlie 4, Padden 1, Vaught 5, Beckman 15.

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