Back, left to right: Coach Hall, Casey DeRoche Jr., Jamal Comes At Night, Riley Reevis, Joe Murray, Marcus Rutherford, Frankie CalfBossRibs, Thomas YoungRunningCrane, Shayde St.Goddard, Jude Reevis, Chance Bremner, Jon LaPlant, Natoyi Kipp, and Coach St.Goddard Front: Vincent Bertelsen, and Forrest CalfBossRibs Jr.

The Heart Butte Warriors basketball team had a bye in the first round of games in Conrad at the District 10C playoffs and beat Cascade in the semifinal round on Thursday, 57-41. Then on Saturday, Feb. 19, they faced Dutton-Brady and had a tough time of things up until a 29-point fourth quarter capped the game at 62-53, with the Warriors claiming first place honors.

“We didn’t shoot good all weekend,” Coach Kellen Hall said, “and I blame that on preparation and not taking things serious as a group.”

Versus Cascade, the Warriors outscored them in every quarter for the win. Riley Reevis led with 13 points, followed by Jude Reevis with 11, Frankie Calf Boss Ribs and Joe Murray 10, Marcus Rutherford seven, and Casey DeRoche and Thomas Young Running Crane with three points apiece.

But finding the bottom of the basket proved to be elusive for the Warriors in the championship game against the Diamondbacks as Heart Butte fell behind in the first three quarters.

“We were playing more conservative,” Coach Hall said, “but then in the fourth quarter we played with the intensity we usually play with and we pushed the ball quicker than usual.”

Heart Butte fans exploded in the fourth quarter as the Warriors stepped up with steals and scores amounting to 29 points to finish the game out with a nine point win over Dutton-Brady. Frankie Calf Boss Ribs led with 16 points, followed by Riley Reevis with 14, Marcus Rutherford 12, Joe Murray 11 and Thomas Young Running Crane with nine points.

This week the competition gets tougher as the Warriors head to the Northern C Divisional Tournament at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

“Northern C is always tough,” Coach Hall said. ”There are no easy games; each one is a dogfight so we need to be prepared.”

Heart Butte’s first game is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, against Chinook.

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