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Basketball Roundup: Chiefs rally to beat Loggers

by SCOT HEISEL
Lake County Leader | December 28, 2021 1:00 PM

RONAN — Elijah Tonasket scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Marlo Tonasket added 17 points and nine rebounds as the Ronan Chiefs (3-0, 4-1) won their third conference game of the young season with a hard-fought 54-50 victory at home against Libby on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Ronan trailed 29-23 at halftime and was down by two points heading into the final quarter. The Chiefs defense clamped down on the Loggers (0-2, 3-3) late and held them to seven points in the final period.

Ronan’s lone loss this season came to nonconference opponent Dillon. The Chiefs stand atop this Northwest A standings heading into the winter break.

Ruben Couture pulled down 11 rebounds for the Chiefs, to go with six points. The Loggers outrebounded Ronan 39-28, but the Chiefs had 13 assists to Libby’s six.

The Chiefs finished fourth at the class A state tournament last winter, and second-year head coach DJ Fish said he likes the state of the program heading into 2022, particularly because he knows his players worked hard in the offseason.

“As far as our confidence level, the difference between this year and last year is that I know what I have deeper down in the bench, so I’m comfortable with throwing everybody in,” Fish said. “Everybody can shoot the ball, and that’s what I’m most confident in. If you can play defense, I’ll put you in there. Don’t turn it over. And if you put it up, I’m confident it’s going in.”

Ronan’s next game is a road matchup with Polson on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Ronan 54, Libby 50

Libby 14 - 15 - 14 - 7 – 50

Ronan 12 - 11 - 18 - 13 – 54

LIBBY – Caden Williams 6 5-6 18 (13r,1b); TJ Andersen 7 1-1 16; Tyler Andersen 4 0-0 10; Caleb Moeller 3; Cy Stevenson 2 (9r,2a); Ryan Collins 1 (2a). Team: 19 7-9 50 (39r,6a,2s,1b).

RONAN – Elijah Tonasket 6 1-3 18 (2r,3s); Marlo Tonasket 7 0-0 17 (9r,2a); Ruben Couture 3 0-0 6 (11r,3a,2s); Jordan Gatch 2 0-0 5 (3a); Dillon PrettyOnTop 3 (1a); Mason Clairmont 3 (1r,1a); Ted Coffman 0 2-2 2 (3r); Payton Cates 0 (3r,1s). Team: 20 3-5 54 (28r,13a,7s,1b).

3FGs – Libby 5-18 (Ty. Andersen 2-5, Moeller 1-1, TJ Andersen 1-2, Williams 1-5); Ronan 10 (E. Tonasket 4, M. Tonasket 3, PrettyOnTop, Gatch, Clairmont).

Maidens steamroll Loggers

Dani Coffman scored 17 points and pulled down four rebounds as the Ronan girls defeated Libby 47-16 at home in the late game on Dec. 22.

The Maidens (2-1, 3-2) also got six points each from Olivia Heiner and Wenona Patton-Tenas. Heiner also had four rebounds and three steals.

LaReina Cordova nabbed a team-high eight rebounds and had six steals.

Rylee Boltz led Libby (0-2, 1-5) with seven points to go with five rebounds.

Ronan was without junior starter Leina Ulutoa, who was sidelined with an injury.

Freshman Lauryn Buhr recorded five rebounds, five steals and four points for Ronan.

The Maidens travel to Polson for a boys/girls doubleheader on Jan. 7.

Ronan 47, Libby 16

Libby 2 - 2 - 5 - 7 – 16

Ronan 4 - 16 - 15 - 12 – 47

RONAN – Dani Coffman 7 3-6 17 (4r,3a,3s); Olivia Heiner 2 2-2 6 (4r,2a,3s,1b); Wenona Patton-Tenas 3 0-0 6; LaReina Cordova 2 0-1 4 (8r,2a,6s,1b); Lauryn Buhr 2 0-2 4 (5r,1a,5s); Haylie Webster 1 1-2 4 (1r,1s); Margaret Cordova 2 (2r,5a,3s); Oceanna Arnoux 2 (3r,1a,1s); Isabella Devereaux-Trahan 2; Kylie Fetui 0 (1r,1a,3s); Ally Luedtke 0 (2r,1a,1s); Kylee Kelch 0 (1r,1a). Team: 20 6-13 47 (31r,17a,26s,2b).

LIBBY – Rylee Boltz 3 1-2 7 (5r,5s); Taylor Munro 2 0-2 4 (9r,2b); Jossalyn White 0 3-4 3 (5r); Ashley Freese 2. Team: 6 4-8 16 (31r,3a,8s,5b).

3FGs – Libby 0-7, Ronan 1 (Webster).

Wildcats snag win at Polson

Colton Graham and Jarrett Wilson combined for 35 points, but the Polson boys stumbled down the stretch in a 67-60 home loss to Columbia Falls on Thursday, Dec. 23.

The Pirates (1-1, 2-4) trailed by one at half and led by two going into the fourth, when they were outscored 21-12.

Graham finished with a team-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Wilson scored 15 points and had six rebounds.

Xavier Fisher scored 12 points. Fisher and Graham each hit three 3-pointers.

Jace Hill led Columbia Falls (1-1, 4-2) with 22 points and eight assists.

Polson also got four points each from Braunson Henriksen and Dawson DuMont. Trent Wilson finished with three points and four rebounds.

The Pirates made nine of 19 free throws, while the Wildcats hit 15 of 19.

Polson visits Whitefish on Tuesday before hosting Ronan on Thursday.

Columbia Falls 67, Polson 60

C-Falls 13 - 15 - 18 - 21 – 67

Polson 14 - 13 - 21 - 12 – 60

COLUMBIA FALLS – Jace Hill 8 4-4 22 (8a,3s); Cody Schweikert 7 6-8 20 (7r,1b); Cade Morgan 3 0-0 8 (4s); Mark Robison 1 5-7 7; Alihn Anderson 2 0-0 6; Bryce Dunham 2 0-0 4; Mason Peters 0 (3r,2s). Team: 23 15-19 67 (26r,13a,11s,2b).

POLSON – Colton Graham 7 3-5 20 (8r,5a,3s,1b); Jarrett Wilson 6 2-4 15 (6r,2a,2s,1b); Xavier Fisher 4 1-3 12 (1r,3a,1s); Braunson Henriksen 1 2-4 4 (3r,1a,3s); Dawson DuMont 2 0-1 4 (2r); Trent Wilson 1 1-2 3 (4r,1a,1s); Alex Muzquiz 2 (1r); Nikolai Figaro 0 (1r). Team: 22 9-19 60 (26r,12a,9s,2b).

3FGs – C-Falls 6-20 (Hill 2-5, Anderson 2-6, Morgan 2-6); Polson 7-20 (Fisher 3-5, Graham 3-10, J. Wilson 1-2). Fouled out – CF (Peters), P(Fisher).

Lady Pirates fall to C-Falls

One week after ending a four-year losing streak, the Polson girls’ two-game win streak was halted in a 58-41 home loss to Columbia Falls on Dec. 23.

Jazlyn Dalbey scored 17 points for Polson (1-1, 2-4), while Lex Wirz and Nikki Kendall each scored eight. Kendall also pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.

Dalbey hit four 3-pointers and Wirz hit two more for Polson.

Hope McAtee scored 17 points to lead Columbia Falls (1-1, 4-2).

Polson has a pair of home games this week: Whitefish on Tuesday, and Ronan on Thursday.

Columbia Falls 58, Polson 41

Polson 3 - 12 - 13 - 13 – 41

C-Falls 10 - 8 - 18 - 22 – 58

POLSON – Jazlyn Dalbey 4 5-6 17; Lexi Wirz 2 2-7 8; Nikki Kendall 2 4-7 8 (10r); Julia Barnard 2 0-0 4; Mckenna Hanson 2; Grace Simonich 1 0-1 2. Team: 12 11-22 41.

COLUMBIA FALLS – Hope McAtee 17; Maddie Robison 9; Grace Gedlaman 8; Neveah Carlin 6; Alexis Green 5; Abbie Darsow 3; Emalee Alton 3; Kya West 2; Maddy Stutsman 2; Lexi Oberholtzer 2; Scout Medhus 1.

3FGs – Polson 6 (Dalbey 4, Wirz 2); C-Falls (McAtee 3).

Vikings roll at Two Eagle

Coyle Nagy recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals as the Charlo boys won 83-42 at Two Eagle River School in Pablo on Dec. 23.

Stetson Reum had a team-high 18 points for the Vikings.

Six Charlo players scored in double figures. Wesley Anderson finished with 16, Keaton Piedalue scored 13, and Tucker Love and Hayden Hollow each scored 10.

Charlo led 42-24 at halftime.

Thomas SpottedEagle scored a game-high 23 points for Two Eagle River School (0-2, 0-6), and Chris Brown added seven points.

Charlo visits Plains on Jan. 7. The Eagles host Noxon on Tuesday and Troy on Thursday.

Charlo 83, Two Eagle River School 42

Charlo (1-1, 3-4), TER (0-2, 0-6)

Charlo 21 - 21 - 25 - 16 – 83

TERS 14 - 10 - 9 - 9 – 42

CHARLO – Stetson Reum 8 2-4 18; Coyle Nagy 6 2-4 16 (11r,10s); Wesley Anderson 6 2-3 16; Keaton Piedalue 6 1-8 13; Tucker Love 4 2-6 10; Hayden Hollow 3 4-4 10; Jacob Tomlin 2 0-0 4 (1r); Hayden Smith 2.

TWO EAGLE RIVER – Thomas SpottedEagle 23; Chris Brown 7; Nate Gates 6; Ryley AfterBuffalo 4; Tyler Pierre 2.

3FGs – Charlo 1 (Nagy); TERS (not available).

Hawk boosts Lady Vikings

The Charlo girls improved to 6-1 on the season with a 47-13 victory Dec. 23 at Two Eagle River School.

Mila Hawk went off for 20 points and had 11 steals to go with five rebounds and five assists for the Lady Vikings (2-0, 6-1). Kassidi Cox scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.

The Eagles (0-2, 0-6) trailed 27-10 at halftime and managed just three second-half points.

Charlo 47, Two Eagle 13

Charlo 15 - 12 - 15 - 5 – 47

TERS 6 - 4 - 2 - 1 – 13

CHARLO – Mila Hawk 10 0-0 20 (5r,5a,11s); Kassidi Cox 4 0-0 9 (6r,2s); Hayleigh Smith 2 1-3 5 (7r,5a,4s,1b); Seeley McDonald 2 1-2 5 (2r,1s); Sidney Bauer 2 0-0 4 (4r,2s); Katelyn Young 2 (3r,1s); Darcy Coleman 2 (1r,1s); Teyjah Beeks 0 0-2 0 (1s); Jessica Shenyer 0 (3r,1b); Kemrie Cross 0 0-2 0.

TWO EAGLE RIVER – Not available.

3FGs – Charlo 1-5 (Cox 1-2).

Other results from Tuesday, Dec. 21:

Boys: Alberton-Superior 67, Two Eagle River 50

TERS 9 - 12 - 16 - 13 — 50

Alb-Sup 19 - 12 - 10 - 26 — 67

ALBERTON-SUPERIOR: Orion Plaake 35; Mueller Anthony 18; Jonah Renaud 5; Owen Doyle 5; Allen Ryan 4.

Boys: Arlee 73, Anaconda 48

Statistics unavailable.

Girls: Clark Fork 53, Two Eagle River School 17

TERS 2 - 8 - 3 - 4 – 17

Superior 25 - 16 - 12 - 0 – 53

TWO EAGLE RIVER – Gardipe 9, Trahan 6, Goodluck 2.

CLARK FORK – Cassie Green 15, Payton Milender 14, Molly Patko 10, Darby Haskins 7, Izzy Pereira 4, Savannah Baron 3.

Girls: Anaconda 65, Arlee 17

Anaconda 17 - 26 - 13 - 9 – 65

Arlee not available – 17

ANACONDA – Makena Patrick 20; Maniyah Lunceford 14; Kora Kelly 7; Cara DeMarios 6; Alyssa Peterson 5; Bianca Torney 4; Meela Mitchell 4; Sami Johnson 3; Cali Pesanti 2.

ARLEE – not available

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Ronan's Haylie Webster takes a free throw against Libby. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)

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Ronan freshman Lauryn Buhr stalks a rebound against Libby. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)

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Ronan senior LaReina Cordova looks for a pass against Libby. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)

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Elijah Tonasket puts up a 3-pointer against Libby in front of Ronan head coach DJ Fish. (Scot Heisel/Lake County Leader)

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