Wibaux beats Ekalaka to earn District 4C championship

ABE WINTER Star Staff Writer
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STAR PHOTO/Sharon Moore                 Toni Schieffer, (34), from Wibaux takes a shot during the championship game against Ekalaka.

The No. 2 seed proved to be better than the top seed — at least in the championship game of the District 4C girls basketball tournament.
      Wibaux never trailed in defeating Ekalaka 56-39 Saturday night in the title game at Custer County District High School in Miles City.
      Wibaux, Ekalaka, Jordan and Wibaux — seeded in that order — will be the four District 4C teams advancing to the Southern C when they are matched up with four teams from District 6C. The tourney is scheduled March 1-3 in Miles City.
      Jordan earned the third seed by beating Wibaux 64-58 in the third-place game.
      The weekend roundup:
      
        CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
        Wibaux 56, Ekalaka 39
      Ekalaka had beaten Wibaux twice in the regular season and the Longhorns didn’t want to go 0-3 against their rivals.
      The Lonhgorns got off to a good start, leading 7-2. The Bulldogs caught up at 7 and trailed 9-7 after one quarter.
      Wibaux found lanes to the basket for relatively easy layups and took a 19-14 halftime lead before extending it to 38-24 after three quarters.
      The Bulldogs couldn’t catch up, but got within 42-33 with five minutes to play. However, the Longhorns maintained control despite going only 65 percent (18-30) on free throws. But their 37percent (17-46) proved to be the difference as Ekalaka was only 22 percent (13-60) from the field.
      Layni Schieffer led the champions with 17 points, followed by Marni Schieffer with 15,  Micayla Miske with 13 and Toni Schieffer with nine.
      “It’s really exciting,” senior Toni Schieffer said. “We just came out and weren’t going to lose. We weren’t going to lose to them three times.”
      She said her team worked on getting the ball inside.
      “We’ve been working on it all year,” she said. “It just came open.”
      First-year coach Travis Bertelson lauded his team’s performace and had the Longhorns well-prepared to attack the Ekalaka defense.
      “Our girls just worked hard and found the gaps,” he said.”We knew what they had planned and tried to scheme against that.
      “We came in nervous, but you start to gain confidence. It was exciting.”
      Heather LaBree led Ekalaka with 14 points and three players — Tori Tooke, Whitney Kittelmann and Hannah LaBree — added six each.
      
        THIRD PLACE
        Jordan 64, Wibaux 58
      Once the Mustangs pulled ahead in the third quarter, they never relinquished the lead.
      After trailing only 27-26 at halftime, the score was knotted at 34 when Jordan used a 12-4 run to lead 46-38. The run was started by a 3-point lay by Keenan Murnion and ended with a field goal by Brem Phillips.
      It was 46-41 after three quarters and a entertaining fourth quarter saw Wibaux get within two on three occasions. It was 56-53 and the winners closed it out with a 7-3 finish.
      Phipps, who had a 4-point play in the first half, led Jordan with 24 points and six rebounds. Keenan Murnion added 19 points and Edward Murnion had 17.
      Leading Worship baud we’re Close be Begger with 20 points, Tel Lunde with 16 and Chance Larson with 10.
      Jordan hit seven 3-pointers, three runs each by Phipps and Keenan Murnion. The Longhorns had five treys, two each by Lunde and Ryelee Wiserman.
      Larson had 12 rebounds as Wibaux outrebounded Jordan 42-31.
      
        WINNER’S SEMIFINALS
        Ekalaka 47, Melstone 32
      It didn’t seem like it would be a 15-point victory. That’s because the top-seeded Bulldogs didn’t put it away until the fourth quarter when they outscored Melstone 24-10.
      Ekalaka led 11-9 after one quarter, 19-14 at halftime and 23-22 after the third quarter.
      Heather LaBree sparked the Bulldogs with 20 points and teammates Whitney Kittelmann and Hannah LaBree added eight points each.
      Shayla Hough had 13 points and Draya Wacker and Kalyan Roskelley had six apiece for the Broncs, who had beaten Terry in the first round.
      
        Wibaux 66, Northern
        Cheyenne 45
      In another foul-plagued game, the Longhorns built a 20-point lead at the end of the first half and there would be no rally by the Eagles.
      Wibaux led 17-10 after one quarter, 41-21 at halftime and was outscored 25-24 in the final two quarters while never having the lead reduced to less than 18.
      There were 45 fouls called, 26 against Northern Cheyenne, plus numerous travels.
      Four Longhorns reached double figures, led by Toni Schieffer with 21. Layni Schieffer had 11 points and Micayla Muskie and Nakia Lewellyn had 10 each. A third Schieffer, Marni, scored eight points.
      Devia Iron Shirt paced the Eagles with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Keisha Longwarrior added eight points and Tyleigh Pine had seven.
      
        LOSER OUT
        Broadus 56, Melstone 51
      After getting outscored 16-9 in the second quarter to fall behind 32-27 at halftime, the Hawks bounced back in the third quarter to 44-41 going into the fourth quarter.
      With a berth in the Southern C on the line, the hawks won the fourth quarter 12-10.
      Laura Harrington netted 15 points, Christen Johnson scored 13, Kiarah Coulter had 12 and Brooke Billing had 11 as the foursome tallied all but five points for the Hawks.
      Three players carried the load for the Broncs, led by eight-grader Draya Wacker’s 18 points. Shayla Hough added 17 points and Kaiden Roskelley had 11. The trio scored all but five points for Melstone.
      Johnson pulled down nine rebounds to help Broadus to a41-38 edge. Hough had nine for Broadus.
      The Broncs hit seven 3-pointers, six by Wacker. Johnson had four of the five treys for Broadus.
      
        Terry 52, North Cheyenne 49
      The Terriers were down 42-38 after being outscored 19-8 in the third quarter, but they rebounded in the final eight minutes by outscoring the Eagles 14-7.
      Loni Kortum sparked Terry with 21points, making two of her team’s three 3-pointers. Teammate Laiten Landis had 18 points.
      Devia Iron Shirt led Northern Cheyenne with 19 points, going 7-for-10 on free throws. Tyleigh Pine added 17 points, making four 3-pointers.
      Alyssa McCulley snared eight rebounds for Terry and Asia Strange Owl had 11for the Eagles, who had 51 rebounds and the Terriers had 50. The winners had an 11-8 edge in free throws.
      
        Terry 58, Jordan 40
      The Terriers didn’t take long to take command, jumping ahead 21-6 after one quarter and stretching the lead to a decisive 33-14 at halftime before each team scored 26 points in the second half.
      Lori Kortum had 25 points, hitting both of her team’s 3-pointers and Lauren Lannister netted 19 for Terry. Alyssa McCulley pulled down 10 rebounds.
      Ava Kreider scored 15 points and Tawney Stanton had nine for Jordan. Stanton also had 14 rebounds.
      
        Broadus 46, Custer-Hysham 31
      The Hawks doubled up on the Rebels by halftime, leading 18-9. The foul-lagged game saw 25 whistled in the first half and 23 in the second.
      Broadus increased lead to 31-17 through three quarters and both teams scored 14 points in the final eight minutes.
      Christen Johnson scored 17 points and Kiarah Coulter added 11 for Broadus, which shot 23 percent (16-71) from the field and 46 percent (11-24) on free throws.
      The Rebels got 14 points from Tori Cybulski and seven from McKenzie Morrison. They shot 24 percent (13-55) and 19 percent (5-26) from the line.
      (Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-0450.)

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