Cut Bank senior Madison Baker scored a career-high 20 points and completed a double-double with 11 rebounds as the Lady Wolves held off Shelby for a 73-51 home victory Friday night.
Kendra Spotted Bear and Destini Anderson contributed 15 points each. Spotted Bear also pulled down seven rebounds.
Anderson found her groove from the perimeter, where she hit on 4 of 5 3-pointers for the Lady Wolves.
“She got her first 3-pointer of the season last week against Whitefish,” head coach Brandon Kavanagh said.
As a team, Cut Bank connected on 8 of 14 3-point attempts.
Cut Bank guard Aliyah Cruz led her team with four assists to go with seven points. The Lady Wolves also got six points each from Kamry Spotted Bear and Darci Littrell.
The Lady Coyotes were led in scoring by Adele Lamb with 16 points. Cameron Blevins and Addison Richman had nine each, and Elly McDermott added eight.
Shelby hosted Malta on Saturday. The Mustangs built a 50-16 halftime lead on their way to a 80-45 win.
Top scorers for the Lady Coyotes were Lamb with 12 points, Jori Clary with 11, Richman with 10, and Delaney Clark with five.
“It was a tough weekend for the Lady Coyotes with two losses,” Coach Ryan McDermott said. “One conference and one non-conference. I was proud of the girls, though. We got better this weekend and learned a few things that will help us continue to grow as the season goes on. Next week doesn’t get any easier as the Lady Coyotes play at Browning on Tuesday, at Conrad on Thursday game time TBA, and home on Friday against Rocky Boy games starting at 3.”
The Lady Wolves faced Shelby without senior Reagan Wetzel, who suffered a knee injury Thursday night at Browning. The game was halted for several minutes while medical staff placed Wetzel on a stretcher and wheeled her off the court. Kavanagh confirmed Friday night that it was a season-ending injury.
“That hurts because she was coming off two really good games last week against Choteau and Whitefish,” Kavanagh said.
Thursday at Browning, the Lady Indians bolted out to a 19-0 lead through the first quarter and held the lead down the rest of the way for a 62-37 victory.
Kendra Spotted Bear led the way with 14 points, and MacKenzie Johnson contributed 10 points.
The undefeated Lady Indians were led by Sugar Spoonhunter with 16 points and Mecca Bull Child with 14.
The Lady Wolves travel to Fairfield on Friday for a battle of the top teams in the conference. Games begin at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday they will host Conrad, with games beginning at 2 p.m.
Reporter Kelly Hayes contributed to this report.
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