The Cut Bank Lady Wolves 8th grade basketball team went 3-0 last week to wrap up the second seed heading into this weekend’s NMSAA Tournament. The local cagers won their three games over Choteau, Conrad and Browning by a combined 82 points and will carry that momentum into this weekend where they will look to secure a berth to next weekend’s Final Four.
Tuesday against Choteau the Lady Wolves jumped out to a 26-8 lead after the first quarter. Choteau outscored Cut Bank 20-10 over the second and third quarters when the Lady Wolves couldn’t seem to find the basket and cut the lead to 36-23 going into the fourth stanza. Cut Bank put up 14 points in the final seven minutes to secure the 50-29 win.
Josie Michael led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points followed by Dallas St. Goddard and Tansy Cassidy with nine each. Rylie Fritz scored eight points, Jess Elings scored six, Elsa Overstreet chipped in four and Dally Michael rounded out the scoring with two.
Cut Bank faced off with Conrad on Thursday and led 22-4 after the first quarter behind a combined 16 points from St. Goddard and Overstreet. Cut Bank outscored the Cowgirls 14-0 in the second quarter and pushed the lead to 36-4 at the half. With the clock running in the second half, Cut Bank scored nine points to Conrad’s four and the Lady Wolves cruised to the 45-8 victory.
The Lady Wolves closed out the week against Browning on Friday and took a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. Cut Bank outscored Browning 12-2 in the second quarter and the lead was 27-11 at the half. Cut Bank put the game out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring Browning 15-2 for a 42-13 lead. Browning outscored the Lady Wolves 9-5 in the final stanza but it wasn’t near enough as the Lady Wolves took the 47-23 victory.
Josie Michael led the team with 14 points followed by St. Goddard with eight. Cassidy scored seven points, Fritz added six, Overstreet and Elings scored four points each while Dally Michael and Brinli Murphy each chipped in two points in the win.
Cut Bank will host a tournament game this Friday and the winner will advance to the Final Four. Their opponent had not been determined as of press time.