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Class A Boys: Chiefs post ninth win

by Brandon Hansen / For The Leader
| February 1, 2024 12:00 AM

Edmo’s three-pointer lifts Ronan past Libby

Tayen Edmo hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Ronan past Libby in exciting Northwest A play on Saturday, Jan. 27. It was one of two three-pointers for Edmo, and the Chiefs' ninth win of the season.

Ronan trailed 33-31 at halftime but took the two-point lead in the third quarter. The game went down to the wire before Edmo’s clutch shot.

Marlo Tonasket led the Chiefs with 18 points, while Ted Coffman had 10.

Libby fell to 0-6 in league play with the loss. The Loggers defense gave up seven 3-pointers to Ronan. Laurence Lozeau added eight points to the Chiefs’ total.

At Ronan

RONAN 61, LIBBY 58

Libby - 16 - 17 - 13 - 12 - 58

Ronan - 14 - 17 - 17 - 13 - 61

RONAN — Marlo Tonasket 18, Ted Coffman 10, Laurence Lozeau 8, Kolby Finley 7, Tayen Edmo 6, Josiah Misa 4, Sean Small 4, Keyan Pretty On Top 2, Wade Qualtier 2

Columbia Falls defeats Chiefs

Ronan had a non-typical low-scoring matchup against Columbia Falls, falling 47-29 in Northwest A Conference action on Friday, Jan. 25. Columbia Falls outscored the Chiefs 16-0 in the first quarter, and it was hard for Ronan to come back from that.

The Chiefs did outscore Columbia Falls 18-13 in the middle quarters, but Columbia Falls ended the game on an 18-9 run.

Kolby Finley led Ronan with 11 points, while Marlo Tonasket had nine points.

It was the Chiefs’ first conference loss of the year, but they are still first in the standings with a 6-1 record to go along with a 9-4 overall mark. Columbia Falls improved to 4-1 in conference play and has recovered from a slow start to the season to have a 6-5 overall record.

At Columbia Falls

COLUMBIA FALLS 47, RONAN 29

Ronan - 0 - 9 - 11 - 9 - 29

C-Falls - 16 - 6 - 7 - 18 - 47

RONAN SCORING - Kolby Finley 11, Marlo Tonasket 9, Laurance Lozeau 6, Wade Qualtier 2, Trey Samsel 2, Jean Small 2

Browning downs Polson

The Pirates hosted the Northwest A’s most prolific offense on Friday, Jan. 26, in Browning, and the Indians came away with the 82-54 victory, scoring over 20 points in three quarters.

Polson found itself down early 20-7 in the first quarter, and while the offense had more production in the second stanza, Browning went into halftime with a 41-22 lead.

Browning scored 25 points in the third quarter and led 66-35 in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Lichtenberg’s 13 points led the Pirates, while Ezra Fasthorse had 10 points.

At Polson

BROWNING 82, POLSON 54

Browning - 20 - 21 - 25 - 16 - 82

Polson - 7 - 15 - 13 - 19 - 54

POLSON SCORERS - Anthony Lichtenberg 13, Ezra Fasthorse 10

Ronan topples Whitefish

The Chiefs held Whitefish to single-digit scoring in each of the final three quarters en route to a 50-39 Northwest A Conference victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Coincidentally, that was the same score by which Ronan defeated Whitefish back on Jan. 12 in the Bulldogs’ home gym.

Whitefish held the 18-15 lead after one quarter, but the Chiefs battled back for the 24-23 halftime lead. Ronan then piled on a 17-7 run in the third quarter and maintained their advantage in the fourth.

Kolby Finley led the Chiefs with 17 points, Ted Coffman added 10, and Marlo Tonasket had nine.

At Ronan

RONAN 50, WHITEFISH 39

Whitefish - 18 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 39

Ronan - 15 - 9 - 17 - 9 - 50

RONAN SCORING - Kolby Finley 17, Ted Coffman 10, Marlo Tonasket 9, Josiah Misa 4, Jean Small 4, Keyan Pretty On Top 3, Dovann Curley 3

Polson picks up first league victory

Polson picked up its first conference victory of the season, downing visiting Libby 51-46 in Northwest A basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 23. After a tight first half, with both teams knotted 25-25 at the break, the Pirates went on a 13-6 run in the third quarter.

Jesse Vail led Polson with 14 points, while Ezra Fasthorse had 10.

Libby fell to 0-5 in conference play and 2-9 overall with the loss. Polson was able to snap a six-game losing streak with the victory.

Brenden Griffin and Anthony Lichtenberg each added nine points to the Pirates' efforts.

At Polson

POLSON 51, LIBBY 46

Libby - 12 - 13 - 6 - 15 - 46

Polson - 13 - 12 - 13 - 13 - 51

POLSON SCORING - Jesse Vail 14, Ezra Fasthorse 10, Brenden Griffin 9, Anthony Lichtenberg 9, Maddox Bird 4, Brock Henriksen 3

    Chief Sean Small puts one up in Saturday's win against the Loggers, which marked the ninth win for Ronan. (Susan Lake photo)
 
 


    Polson's Anthony Lichtenberg drives the ball down the baseline during last week's game against Libby. (Bob Gunderson photo)
 
 


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