Senior Lady Wolves player Jackie Waller dribbles down the court during one of the games she played in last week during the Divisional Tournament hosted by Cut Bank High School.

The Cut Bank Lady Wolves went 1-2 at last weekend’s Northern B Divisional basketball tournament to end their season. The local cagers opened the tournament with a win over Glasgow before dropping back to back games to Malta and Fairfield.

Against Glasgow the Lady Wolves trailed 9-7 after the first quarter before reeling off 16 points in the second stanza to tie the game at 23-23 at the half. Cut Bank trailed by six early in the third quarter but battled back to trail 33-32 at the end of the third. Cut Bank outscored the Scotties 17-12 in the final eight minutes and thanks to sinking seven of eight free throws in the closing minutes, held on for a 49-45 victory. 

Makenna Burke and Kendra Spotted Bear led a balanced scoring attack with nine points each followed by Aliyah Cruz with eight. Jackie Waller added seven points Destini Anderson scored six and MacKenzie Johnson and Madi Baker scored five points each. 

Friday night against Malta the Lady Wolves trailed 14-7 after the first quarter and the M’Ettes extended their lead to 26-14 at the half. Cut Bank scored just ten points in the second half while Malta put up 28 and took the game 54-24. 

Burke scored nine points to lead Cut Bank followed by Cruz with five. Anderson and Spotted Bear rounded out the scoring with four points each. 

Cut Bank faced off with Fairfield in a Saturday morning loser-out contest and the Lady Wolves were ice-cold in the first quarter, scoring just one point and trailing 12-1. The Lady Wolves held the Eagles to four points in the second quarter and cut the lead to 16-12 at the half. Cut Bank scored seven points in the third quarter and the Fairfield lead grew to 32-19 going into the final eight minutes. The Lady Wolves scored 14 points in the fourth but were unable to rally and were eliminated 44-33. 

Burke scored a season-high 12 points for the Lady Wolves followed by Spotted Bear with ten. Waller closed out her career with six points, Baker chipped in three and Cruz scored two. 

Waller is the lone senior on the Lady Wolves roster as Cut Bank will return the rest of the roster for next season as they look to improve on this year’s finish. 

“We came up a game short of a goal we set at the beginning of the season which was to be playing Saturday night at Divisionals with a chance to go to state,” said head coach Brandon Kavanagh. “We fought hard all weekend, sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way and we had that happen to us Saturday morning. But I couldn’t be more proud of the effort we had. We will definitely miss Jackie and her energy next season, but I’m already excited for what 2022-23 will bring for us.”

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