Freshman defensive specialist Reagan Wetzel keeps the ball alive for the Lady Wolves during last Tuesday’s District 1B match in Shelby.

The Cut Bank Lady Wolves went 0-3 in the final week of regular season play, falling to Shelby, Choteau and Fairfield and will enter this weekend’s District 1B Tournament in Choteau as the fourth seed. The Lady Wolves will open play on Friday against Great Falls Central at 10 a.m. The winner will advance to take on top seeded Choteau at 2:30. 

Cut Bank faced off with Shelby last Tuesday and were swept by the Coyotes 25-13, 25-21, 25-9. 

Jada Doore had six kills, four aces and six digs to lead the local spikers while Aryana Black followed with four kills. Sienna Spotted Bear had two kills and also tallied six digs on the night. Sam Burke dished out ten assists and five digs while Camille Bradley also recorded five digs. Sydnei Littrell served up two aces in the loss. 

“I felt that we played Shelby tough in games one and two,” said head coach Kelsey Brown. “We did a great job adjusting to their big hitters. Unfortunately we had a tough game hitting and serving and those are two very vital parts to winning a match.”

Friday the Lady Wolves hosted Choteau and the Bulldogs made short work of the Cut Bank squad as they took the match 25-15, 25-13, 25-11. 

Doore tallied seven of the Lady Wolves 13 kills on the night and the senior also had two blocks and two aces in the loss. Burke led with ten assists while Bradley topped the defense with four digs. 

“We really lacked energy and focus against Choteau,” said Brown. “Choteau is a tough team but they are beatable because they have a lot of inexperienced varsity players, but we didn’t come ready to play.”

Cut Bank wrapped up the regular season on the road against Fairfield and the Eagles took the opening two games 25-18, 25-17. The Lady Wolves won game three 25-22 before Fairfield wrapped up the win with a 25-23 win in the fourth game. 

Doore recorded nine kills, five blocks and two aces in the match while Black followed with five kills. Spotted Bear had three kills and two blocks and also led the defense with ten digs. Burke had 15 assists and seven digs in the loss while Bradley tallied eight digs. 

“We started very slow against Fairfield but we played well in games three and four,” said Brown. “Even though we went 0-3 last week we got a lot of court time and a lot of hard hitting volleyball against some great teams.”

The Lady Wolves now turn their focus to the District 1B Tournament where they will look to finish in the top four and then advance to the Northern B Divisional Tournament in Wolf Point next weekend.

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