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Ronan comes out on top against Whitefish, Mission

by Brandon Hansen / For The Leader
| January 12, 2023 12:00 AM

CLASS A BOYS BASKETBALL

Ronan picks up first conference victory

The Chiefs notched their first Northwest A win with a 62-56 overtime victory over Whitefish last Tuesday, Jan. 3. Marlo Tonasket netted 26 points for the Chiefs, while Josiah Misa scored 11 and Kolby Finley posted 10 points.

The game was marked with adversity as Elijah Tonasket had to leave and go to the emergency room while his brother Marlo played the rest of the game.

“What worked well for us as a team was everyone coming together after Elijah's incident and just knowing we had a huge gap to fill,” Marlo said. “We all could have shut down and played with little to no effort, but we overcame the adversity together."

The win evened Ronan's record to 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in league play. Ronan shot 51 percent from the field and recorded nine steals in the contest, led by Jesse Zepeda's five pickpockets.

"I am confident in my guys," Tonasket said. "I've been playing with them and watching them play since middle school. I know what they can do."

After an even first quarter, Ronan grabbed an 18-15 lead at halftime. Whitefish took a one-point lead in the third. After things evened up in the fourth, the Chiefs were able to pull away in the extra stanza.

At Ronan

RONAN 62, WHITEFISH 56

Whitefish - 6 - 9 - 23 - 12 -6 - 56

Ronan: - 6 - 12 - 19 - 13 - 12 - 62

RONAN: Marlo Tonasket 26; Josiah Misa 11; Kolby Finley 10; Jesse Zepeda 7; Ted Coffman 6; Drake Finley 2; Jordan Gatch 0

Ronan defeats Mission

The Chiefs picked up their third win of the season and Lake County bragging rights, downing a powerful Mission team 67-61 in nonleague action on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Ronan again showed tremendous balance on offense, using a big third quarter to fend off the Bulldogs.

As expected, it was a tight contest between these two basketball schools. Both teams knotted the score 33-33 at halftime. Ronan then took a seven-point lead in the third quarter and held on for the 67-61 victory.

Marlo Tonasket led the team again with 13 points, while Kobly Finley and Josiah Misa each had 12 points.

“We had some bench players step up and put in some good minutes," Tonasket said. "We haven't come close to playing at our full potential yet, but we are getting there game by game."

Zoran LaFrombois' 33 points led Mission, while Kellen McClure notched 15 points.

At Mission

RONAN 67, MISSION 61

Ronan - 17 - 16 - 20 - 14 - 67

Mission - 10 - 23 - 13 - 15 - 61

RONAN: Marlo Tonasket 13; Kolby Finley 12; Josiah Misa 12; Ted Coffman 11; Jordan Gatch 9; Laurance Lozeau 5; Jesse Zepeda 3; Davonne Curley 2

ST. IGNATIUS: Zoran LaFrombois 33; Kellen McClure 15; Kenny Ness 7; Carmine Adams 3; Landon WalksOverIce 2; Leo Pierce 1

Wilson scored 41 points in Polson's loss to Browning

A fourth-quarter comeback fell short for the Pirates as they lost to Browning 76-71 in Northwest A Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 7. The conference's leading scorer, Jarrett Wilson, notched 41 points on the road. Still, Browning's offense proved to be challenging to contain, with Maurice Redhorn leading the team with 25 points.

Browning jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Pirates cut into that lead and trailed 37-32 at halftime. A big 28-point outburst by Browning in the third quarter put the game on the brink, but Polson went on a 20-11 run to finish the game - falling just five points short.

At Browning

BROWNING 76, POLSON 71

Polson - 12 - 20 - 19 - 20 - 71

Browning - 21 - 16 - 28 - 11 - 76

POLSON: Jarrett Wilson 41; Cymian Kauley 8; Colter Wilson 6; Owen McElwee 6; Espn Fisher 6; Dawson DuMont 3; Tyler Wenderoth 1

Polson clamps down against Whitefish

Polson's defense tightened up against Whitefish in the second half en route to a 65-45 Northwest A Conference victory on Friday, Jan. 4. The Pirates allowed Whitefish just 14 points after halftime as the Bulldogs shot 25 percent from the field.

Jarret Wilson led the Pirates with 24 points, while Dawson Dumont added another 10, and Colter Wilson had eight.

Polson trailed 16-12 after one quarter but battled back for the 35-31 halftime lead. The Pirates would outscore Whitefish 13-7 in the third and 17-7 in the fourth quarter for a commanding victory.

At Polson

POLSON 65, WHITEFISH 45

Whitefish - 16 - 15 - 7 - 7 - 45

Polson - 12 - 23 - 13 - 17 - 65

POLSON: Jarret Wilson 24, Dawson Dumont 10, Colter Wilson 8, Espn Fisher 7, Cymian Kauley 6, Tyler Wenderoth 8

CLASS A GIRLS BASKETBALL

Polson falls to power Browning

The Lady Pirates fought the entire way Jan. 7, but Browning was able to pull away from Polson for a big 55-48 Northwest A Conference win.

The Lady Pirates trailed Browning just 26-22 at halftime. Browning increased their advantage by three more points in the third, which would end up being the final margin of victory.

At Polson

BROWNING 55, POLSON 48

Browning - 12 - 14 - 10 - 19 - 55

Polson - 12 - 10 - 7 - 19 - 48

POLSON: Mila Hawk 17; Addyson Gallatin 14; Grace Simonich 7; Samantha Rensvold 6; Julia Barnard 4

Polson takes down Whitefish

The Lady Pirates won their second-straight Northwest A Conference matchup with a 44-32 victory over Whitefish on Friday, Jan. 6.

After one quarter, Polson trailed 11-10 but rallied back for the 22-20 lead. The Lady Pirate defense then went into clamp-down mode, holding Whitefish to six points in both the third and fourth quarters.

At Whitefish

POLSON 44, WHITEFISH 32

Polson - 10 - 12 - 9 - 13 - 44

Whitefish - 11 - 9 - 6 - 6 - 32

POLSON: Addyson Gallatin 20; Nikki Kendall 6; Ilysia Adams 6; Julia Barnard 4; Mila Hawk 2; Grace Simonich 2; Ashtyn Wagner 0; Addyson Gallafin 0

Ronan gets past Whitefish

The Maidens held on 35-34 against Northwest A Conference foe Whitefish on Tuesday, Jan. 3. A balanced attack by Ronan which saw eight different players score and an explosive fourth quarter allowed them to pick up the win.

The Maidens trailed 14-12 at the half, and Whitefish extended their lead to four in the third quarter. Ronan, however, went on a 12-7 run in the final stanza for the victory.

At Ronan

RONAN 35, WHITEFISH 34

Whitefish - 7 - 7 - 13 - 7 - 34

Ronan - 4 - 8 - 11 - 12 - 35

RONAN: Olivia Heiner 7; Lauryn Buhr 6; Isabella Devereaux-Trahan 6; Arianna Zepeda 5; Margaret Cordova 4; Ally Luedtke 3; Kylee Kelch 2; Oceana Arnoux 2

Browning hands Ronan first conference loss

Four different Browning players scored in double digits as Ronan fell 68-30 in Northwest A Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 5, their first league loss of the year.

Browning jumped out to a 26-3 lead after one quarter and led 37-14 at halftime. Browning held Ronan to just 16 percent shooting and the Maidens turned the ball over 33 times.

At Browning

BROWNING 68, RONAN 30

Ronan - 3 - 11 - 8 - 8 - 30

Browning - 26 - 11 - 14 - 17 - 68

RONAN: Olivia Heiner 9; Ally Luedtke 6; Margaret Cordova 5; Lauryn Buhr 4; Leina Ulutoa 3; Arianna Zepeda 1

CLASS B BOYS BASKETBALL

Mission powers past Plains

The Bulldogs (3-4) picked up a critical Western 7B victory over Plains on Tuesday, Jan. 3, behind 27 points by Zoran LaFrombois. However, it was a team effort as nine different Mission players scored in the contest.

Mission held Plains to just four points in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 35-17 lead. The Bulldogs then notched 21 points in the third quarter to take complete control of the game.

Mission continues to have one of the hottest offenses in the league, with 403 points scored. Only Class B powerhouse Bigfork has scored more points in the Western 7B league.

At Plains

MISSION 69, PLAINS 41

Mission - 19 - 16 - 21 - 13 - 69

Plains - 13 - 4 - 13 - 11 - 41

Mission: Zoran LaFrombois 27; Kellen McClure 10; Landon WalksOverIce 9; Talon Addison 6; Carmine Adams 4; Erich Morigeau 4; Lex LaFrombois 4; Kenny Ness 3; Leo Pierce 2

Mission wins Lake County rivalry over Arlee

The Bulldogs and Warriors battled in a wild Class B Lake County rivalry game on Thursday, Jan. 5, and Mission was able to come away with the 64-57 victory. Zoran LaFrombois posted a 36-point effort for the Bulldogs, while Seth Hill added another 19 points.

The game was knotted 33-33 at halftime, but Mission snagged a five-point lead in the third quarter and held on in the fourth.

At Mission

MISSION 64, ARLEE 57

Arlee - 14 - 19 - 10 - 14 - 57

Mission - 15 - 18 - 15 - 16 - 64

MISSION: Zoran LaFrombois 36; Landon WalksOverIce 12; Kellen McClure 8; Erich Morigeau 4; Talon Addison 2; Kenny Ness 2

Arlee picks up league win against Florence-Carlton

Benjamin Harlow-Old Person notched 21 points, and the Warriors downed Western 6B foe Florence-Carlton 61-36 on Friday, Jan. 6. Arlee started off hot with an 8-2 first-quarter lead, then extended their advantage to 23-9 at the break. After a somewhat even third quarter, the Warriors extended their lead by another nine points in the fourth.

Harlow-Old Person finished with four three-pointers. Dallas Swab returned from injury to nine points, and Payton Mays scored 19 points in the victory.

The win improves Arlee's record to 5-3 on the year and is their first league win.

At Arlee

ARLEE 61, FLORENCE-CARLTON 36

Flo-Carl - 2 - 7 - 11 - 16 - 36

Arlee - 8 - 15 - 13 -25 - 61

CLASS B GIRLS

Arlee falls to Florence-Carlton

Arlee dropped a 45-32 Western 6B matchup against Florence-Carlton on Friday, Jan. 6.

Florence-Cartlon jumped out to an 11-2 lead, but Arlee battled back and only trailed 18-14 at halftime. After an evenly played third quarter, Florence-Carlton went on a 12-5 to finish the game.

At Arlee

FLORENCE-CARLTON 45, ARLEE 32

Flo-Carl - 11 - 7 - 15 - 12 - 45

Arlee - 2 - 12 - 13 - 5 - 32

ARLEE: Raven Parson 13; Leah Mesteth 8; Princess Bolen 5; P Pier 4; McKaryss Fisher 2

CLASS C GIRLS BASKETBALL

St. Regis outlasts Two Eagle

Despite 14 points by Sarah Gardipe, Two Eagle River fell to St. Regis 59-46 in Western 14C action on Friday, Jan. 6. St. Regis used a 21-2 run in the first quarter to take command of the game and never looked back.

After the first stanza, however, Two Eagle's offense righted itself and put up good numbers, including a 19-point fourth quarter.

Two Eagle fell to 1-6 on the year and 1-2 in league play.

At Two Eagle

ST. REGIS 59, TWO EAGLE RIVER 46

St. Regis - 21 - 10 - 13 - 15 - 59

Two Eagle - 2 - 13 - 12 - 19 - 46

TWO EAGLE RIVER: Sarah Gardipe 14; Dayani Piapot 12; Olivia Brueggeman 6; Lah Tai Finley 6; Naeloni Cahoo 2

Charlo cools off Red Devils, Hot Springs

The Lady Vikings (5-2 overall, 3-0 league) held Noxon to single digits in three quarters on their way to a 65-34 Western 14C victory on Thursday, Jan. 5. Four different Charlo players scored in double digits in a balanced approach to scoring.

Along with their 48-19 victory over Hot Springs, Charlo has won three in a row.

At Charlo

CHARLO 65, NOXON 34

Noxon - 11 - 7 - 8 - 8 - 34

Charlo - 20 - 13 - 20 - 12 - 65

CHARLO: Sheadon Kain 16, Sidney Bauer 14, Seeley McDonald 11, Hayleigh Smith 11, Darcy Coleman 6, Maizey McDonald 4, Aida Cote 2, Brielle Zemple 1

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Bulldog Kellen McClure drives by Warrior Dallas Swab. (Photo by Christa Umphrey)

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Lady Pirates bested Whitefish during Friday's shootout in Polson. (Photo by Niki Graham)

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Jarrett Wilson aims for the net during Friday's game against Whitefish. (Photo by Niki Graham)

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