8th-grade girls off to hot start


The Washington Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball teams are off to good starts. The Gold team is 4-0 and the White team is sitting at 1-1.

The Gold team has been impressive early on, outscoring their first four opponents 215-47.

They opened the season with a 60-11 win against Billings St. Francis. Their up-tempo offense and constant pressure was too much for the Lady Rams. The Broncettes were led by Mckenzie Taylor with 16 and Makenna Helmts with 15. Ashley Venable also reached double figures with 12 points. Bailee Murnion added nine, while Maggie Erlenbusch had six and Amanda Beard chipped in with two. Erlenbusch and Taylor led the defensive effort.

In their next game, the Gold Broncettes beat Glendive 52-16. Helmts had 16 and Venable had 14 to lead the Gold team. Erlenbusch had six, Murnion and Taylor each had five, Alyssa Shipp had four and Missy Henderson added three points. Shipp and Taylor were the defensive standouts.

At home, the Gold team stepped up their defense even farther, beating Glendive 53-3.

Erlenbusch had 12 points, Venable had 11 and Taylor added 10 points. Beard and Helmts each scored six and Murnion and Shipp added four apiece.

Earlier this week, the Gold team played at home against Broadus and won 50-17. Helmts led all scorers with 10 points followed closely by Taylor with 9. Venable and Murnion each had eight, Erlenbusch had six, Shipp had five and Beard finished with four. The defense was led by Venable, Taylor and Melisa Henderson.

The White team opened their season on the road with a 28-8 loss to Baker. Mackenzie Williams had three points, Mckayla Kurtz and Elizabeth Gilbert each had two and Faith Nielson chipped in with one. Emily Findlay led the rebounding effort, joined by Riley Killham and Chalice Jones. Nielson, Findlay, Lily Whicker, Ashlee Donnelly and Katie Stoddard led the defense.

Against Glendive, the White Broncettes jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 47-14 win.

Kaelei Koenig had a huge game for WMS with 26 points. Findlay had six, Kurtz added five, while Jones, Gilbert, Lindsay Brence, Tyree Miller and Nielson each had two.

Rylee Treu and Jordan Black led the defensive effort in the White teams win.

The Gold team is coached by Aaron Essex and the White team is coached by Matt Beyer.