Glacier girls hand Helena first loss of season

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HELENA – The Glacier Wolfpack girls basketball team dealt Helena High its first loss of the season on Friday, winning 34-31 in a tight Western AA clash.

“I’m pretty excited,” Glacier coach Bill Sullivan said. “We certainly played well.”

Glacier started fast and led 15-6 after one quarter. Helena fought back in the second, holding Glacier to two points in the second.

“Helena High’s a good team, we knew they would fight back,” Sullivan said. “The message at half time was they gave us their shot, we have to give them our shot.”

At the end of the third, the teams were tied 23-all.

Glacier (6-3, 10-5) outscored Helena (8-1, 14-1) 11-8 in the final frame, led by Kali Gulick’s 3-pointer and Aubrie Rademacher staying perfect at the free-throw line.

“You know you can play with them you just have to be solid all game long,” Sullivan said. “There’s gonna be things that go good and go bad. Things came out in favor of us so we’re happy to win.”

Rademacher drained both her shots at the charity stripe and shared the team scoring lead with Raley Shirey. Both players scored 10 points.

Shirey was also spotless at the free-throw line. Gulick scored two 3-pointers en route to eight points.

“That’s what you expect of your seniors, especially playing against Jamie Pickens, the best player in the state,” Sullivan said.

Helena’s Pickens was held to 11 points on the night.

The Wolfpach outrebounded Helena 33-24.

Next up for Glacier is Helena Capital at 2:30 p.m. today.

Glacier 15 2 6 11 – 34

Helena 6 13 4 8 – 31

GLACIER – Kali Gulick 8, Kenzie Williams 2, Aubrie Rademacher 10, Ellie Keller 2, Emma Anderson 2, Raley Shirey 10.

HELENA – Paige Aasved 4, Payton Aasved 5, Vanessa Walsh 6, Abby Marcille 5, Jamie Pickens 11.

Capital 56, Flathead 30

HELENA – Flathead fell to Helena Capital in Western AA play.

Scoring information was not available.

The Bravettes play Helena High today at 2 p.m.

Boys

Helena 37, Glacier 32

Helena High edged the Glacier Wolfpack 37-32 in a Western AA matchup at Glacier High School.

Hayden Ferguson paced Helena (6-4, 8-7), who led 32-19 after three quarters, with 12 points.

Glacier (3-6, 5-10) outscored Helena 13-5 in the fourth.

Bret Michaels scored 10 points to lead the Wolfpack, and Drew Engellant added nine.

Next for Glacier is hosting Helena Capital today at 2 p.m.

Helena 4 13 15 5 – 37

Glacier 2 7 10 13 – 32

HELENA – Hayden Ferguson 12, Carson Woodland 5, Pierce Brown 3, Logan Brown 7, Connor Murgel 6, Holden Sampson 4.

GLACIER – Drew Deck 3, Cole Crosby 5, Drew Engellant 9, Michael Schwarz 5, Bret Michaels 10.

Capital 69, Flathead 36

Bridger Grovom drained four 3-pointers as Helena Capital trounced the Flathead Braves at Flathead High School in Western AA play.

Grovom shared the scoring lead with Garrett Kueber, who also scored 13 points. Capital (4-5, 7-8) had one other player score in double digits – Brady Martin with 12 points.

The Braves (1-8, 4-11) have lost eight consecutive games.

Tannen Beyl and Gabe Adams paced Flathead with seven points each.

Flathead hosts Helena Capital today at 2:45 p.m.

Flathead 6 15 14 1 –36

Capital 17 27 13 12 – 69

FLATHEAD – Tannen Beyl 7, Cooper Smith 2, Seth Moon 6, Blake Counts 4, Brett Thompson 6, Gabe Adams 7, Joston Cripe 2, Max Anderson 1.

CAPITAL – Parker Johnston 2, Brady Martin 12, Cade Kidder 7, Bridger Grovom 13, Trevor Swanson 8, Shane Haller 10, Garrett Kueber 13, Peyton Koch 2, Kaleb Metzger 2.

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