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Unitas Tann %it - Wednesday February 18 2015 Page 11 a be ng • lp ng • g h- - S. n a le ii ly h- ri 11 11 Lady Dawgs hang tough vs #4 Griffins By Jess Alberi Dillon Tribune sports The University of Montana Western women's basketball team gave the Frontier's top team all they could handle in Salt Lake City on Saturday, but free throws hit by Westminster in the closing minute sealed the 54-61 win for the Griffins. Westminster came into the game as not only the top team in the Frontier Conference, with 9-1 league mark, but also as the no. 4 ranked team in all the NAIA Division I, with a 19-2 overall record. .Second to last in the league, Western (10-16, 2-8) came into -the meeting fresh off winning two of its last three games and looking to keep climbing toward one of the six spots for the con- ference playoffs set to begin in two weeks. On Saturday, Western's Melo- dy McCloud started the scoring as she took an assist by Kaci Matthies to the paint for two to begin a back -and- forth contest that saw neither team lead by more than four points through the first 15 minutes. \We got off to a pretty good start offensively, especially from the three-point line,\ said Western Head Coach Lindsay Woolley, whose Bulldogs hit 47 percent of their shots from be- yond the arc in the opening half. \That was very important for us because they were hot in the first half as well.\ Westminster's Alli Winters hit a three with just under five to play in the first half to open up a seven -point lead for the home team. But a three by Sierra Higheagle followed by another from Taylor Kanthack helped Western close the gap to just two points at the break. Higheagle led the first half scoring for the Dawgs with 11 while hitting all three of her shots from downtown. \To give up 35 in the first half and only be down two was very satisfying because Westminster is one of the best defensive teams in the country,\ said Wool- ley of his team's first-half effort. \Sierra Higheagle got off to a great start and played with a ton of confidence the entire game.\ Upon returning to the floor for the second half, Higheagle hit a shot in the paint to tie the game at 35. The teams would tie five more times in the next 10 min- utes, during which time neither opened up more than a three- point advantage. With 4:24 left on the score- board, the Bulldogs tied the game up at 51-51 when Banks found Bignell open under the bucket on a fast break. The Griffins answered with consecutive layups to take a four -point lead. A couple missed shots by the Dawgs forced Western to start fouling and turn the game into a free-throw battle, one which Westminster won by hitting 6 of 6 from the line in the final minute. \Kaye Bignell really gave us a lift on the offensive end in the second half and Jenna Banks played one of her bet- ter games of the season, even though she didn't score much,\ said Woolley. \She got the ball to the right people at the right time and that is what a point guard is supposed to do,\ added Wooley of Banks, who dished a season -high 9 as- sists against Westminster. Bignell and Higheagle each notched 15 to lead the Dawgs in scoring, while Matthies pulled in 8 rebounds and recorded 6 assists. The Dawgs only got to the charity stripe for five three throws, and hit all but one, but saw Westminster convert 11 of 13 free throw attempts to reg- ister the seven -point difference in the game. This week will be another tough test for the Lady Dawgs as they host the second -place and third -place teams in the Frontier conference in their final home stand of the season, desperately needing a win to improve their chances of mak- ing the postseason. On Thursday, MSU Northern (24-3, 9-1) will make the trip to Dillon for Western's annual Pink Zone game and Saturday will bring the University of Great Falls (20-6, 7-4) to town as the Dawgs pay tribute to their six seniors. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men's games to immediately follow. \I think our kids are playing pretty well right now and we have been much improved of- fensively the last couple weeks,\ said Woolley, as he focused on the task at hand. \That is going to need to continue this week because Northern is playing great right now and I know Great Falls is chomping at the bit to get back on the right track after losing a couple games at home last weekend.\ #4 WESTMINSTER 61, WESTERN 54 Lady Bulldog scoring - Kaye Bignell 15. Sarah Higheagle 15, Melody Mc- Cloud 7, Baylie Smith 6, Jenna Banks 3. Kaci Matthies 3, Taylor Kanthack McCall Hasquet 2. Three-point shooting (8-26) - Highea- gle 3-4, Smith 2-6, T. Kanthack 1-1. McCloud I -I. Banks 0-2. Bignell 0-1, Matthies 1-6. Kelsey Callaghan 0-1, Hasguet 0-4. Rebounds (36) - Mat- thies 8, McCloud 6. BIgnell 4. Assists (18) - Banks 9, Matthies 6. Blocks (I) - Smith. Steals (2) - Bignell. Hasquet. Turnovers (II). 11/12C District basketball tournaments tip off today By Jess Alberi Dillon Tribune sports The District 11-12C Basket- ball Tournament starts today in Manhattan with first -round games between the field's last six seeds fighting to join the , district's top -five seeds for quar- terfinals action on Thursday. The boys field includes six solid teams sitting above .500 and only room for four to ad- vance to next week's divisional tournament. Host Manhattan Christian (13-0), Twin Bridges (13-2), Ennis (11-4), Lone Peak (11- 5) and Shields Valley (11-5) claimed the top five district boys spots with their superior regular -season records and will receive a first -round bye in the tournament. Manhattan is undefeated for a reason—a lot of reasons. The Eagles put two of the best guards in the state on the floor and balance their offense and defense nicely with a dominant big man. Twin's two conference losses came courtesy of the Eagles. But the Falcons will enter the tourney with a good head of steam, having routed Lima, 63-24, and Sheridan, 64-25, last weekend. Twin will rely on the strength of their defense to shut down its opponents, a feat the Falcons perfected while only giving up 61 total points in their final three regular season games. The Lima Bears (4-10) will enter the tourney as the sixth seed to play West Yellowstone (4-12) at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Sheridan (0-16) will open the tourney at 1 p.m. against White Sulphur Springs (8-5). In second round action begin- ning Thursday afternoon, Twin Bridges will face the middle remaining seed from the play in games at 4:30 p.m. On the girls' side of the bracket, the Thin Bridges girls will also enter the district tour- nament as the second seed after finishing the regular season at 13-2. The Lady Falcons have relied on a healthy dose of great de- fense and hustle to bring them to this point in the season. Sheridan (0-16) will open the tourney on Wednesday at 2:45 p.m., when the Lady Panthers square off against sixth- seeded Manhattan Christian (6-7). The Lima Lady Bears will open their tournament play at 6:15 p.m. against seventh -seeded White Sulphur Springs (6-7). The Lady Falcons on Thurs- day at 6:15 p.m. will play against the middle remaining seed that advances out of Wednesday's play. A win would get them a game the next night at the same time in the semifinal. The boys district champion- ship game will take place on Sat- urday at 5:15 p.m. with the girls game to immediately follow. Dillon's youth golf program receives national recognition Basketball was the sport of choice for Kevin Engellant. Now he is bringing the game of golf to children as the site coordinator of the Dillon Kiwanis-Commu- nity Youth Initiative Hook A Kid On Golf site in Dillon, the , winner of the 2014 New Site of the Year award. Engellant has been running basketball camps in the commu- nity for more than 25 years. He was also was the head women's basketball coach at the Univer- sity of Montana Western, which is when - at the age of 28 - he first learned to play golf. \Know- ing that I was going to play in some golf scramble, I felt I had bet- ter learn to play the game,\ he said. Engellant has since retired from his role as basketball coach - a position he held for 13 years - but is still involved in the community and is a business instructor at the university. \Dillon is a great community for raising children and there are lots of sports and activities for young kids, but there wasn't a youth golf program in Dillon,\ said Engellant. That's when Engellant teamed up with Kasey Briggs, the gen- eral manager at Beaverhead Golf Course, to offer the area's first junior golf clinics. They were looking for a program that would teach the participants the fundamentals, rules and etiquette of golf and get the children excited about golf. \Being a basketball coach, I understand the importance of fundamentals in any sports,\ said Engellant. \It is rewarding to see the kids improve their skills in a positive and fun -filled environment.\ \The more I learned about Hook A Kid On Golf and what it offered, I felt it would be a wonderful opportunity for the youth in our community,\ said Engellant. He adds that sending each child home with their own golf bag and set of clubs at the end of the Hook A Kid On Golf clinic was an incredible feature of the program. To help fund the Hook A Kid On Golf clinics, Engellant se- cured a grant from the USGA, as well as donations from several organizations in the community. The Dillon Kiwanis generously donated $2,500 to the program and was the main sponsor. The Community Youth Initia- tive donated $950, processed invoices and kept the books for the program. The men's Senior Gold Association donated $300. \Without the generous support of the sponsors we would not have been able to bring this worthwhile program to our com- munity,\ Engellant said. He also says the local media WATERIOWL HUNTING • Decoys • Calls • All Accessories 11011.1A0, - The Dillon Tribune, The Dillon- ite Daily and KDBM-KBEV - did an outstanding job of helping them promote the Hook A Kid On Golf clinic. 60 children participated in the Dillon Kiwanis-Community Youth Initiative first season of Hook A Kid On Golf clin- ics. \The program was a huge success,\ said Engellant. \The participants really enjoyed the program and the parents were very appreciative. Many of the participants would not have the oppor- tunity to learn and play the game of golf had it not been for the Hook A Kid On Golf program.\ Engellant named several vol- unteer instructors who played crucial roles in the clinic's suc- cess: Kasey Briggs, Casey Du- sanek, Danny Gee, Parker Love, Taylor Nelson and Katie Tackett. Additionally, Lexi Benson, the student wellness coordinator at Montana Western, presented to the children about golf nutrition and hydration. Engellant reports that they received many positive com- ments about the program from participants and parents. For example, Austin, 13, wrote: \I'd like to thank all the coaches and sponsors for allow- ing this program to happen. This pro- gram allowed me to have fun while learning golf etiquette ICE fISHING jigs and lures (excludes tl(b(,(hI('fl jigs) All Accessories • Ice Scoops • Fishing and Tip Up Line • Auger Blades Includes auver%) • Tip Lips • (;affs 700 N. Montana • 683-2308 Open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. 7 days a week 4 411111110**Alsower • Cortex Convergence Card Read Re -Use Recycle and rules. I would also like to point out your program was success- ful in my case, because now I can say I'm definitely hooked on golf.\ \It is exceptional how the community pulled together to bring their first Hook A Kid On Golf clinic to the children of Dillon,\ said Andy Parker, director of youth development at the National Alliance for Youth Sports. \We are excited to announce Dillon Kiwanis-Child Youth Initiative as the 2014 New Site of the Year.\ Hook a Kid on Golf press release 30 Hwy 91 South Dillon. MT 59725 Double leg Dillon's Brent Tezak gets in deep on Frenchtown's Tyler Ishler on a double leg takedown attempt. Tezak defeated !shier, 11-2, and then knocked off Sidney's Ethan Graves for third place. Jess Alberi photo State mats Continued from page 9 through the first two -minute period but a near fall in the second found the Dillon sopho- more down 6-1. Griffin scored a takedown early in the third and then immediately released his opponent in hopes of doing it again, but ran out of clock, forcing him into the fifth -sixth place match. Parker Tezak defeated Bel- grade's Blewett in the fifth - sixth place match after losing to Havre's Bumgamer in the consolation semifinal. Parker was up 1-0 heading into the final period, but a reversal, takedown and near fall scored six the other way to send him to a 6-2 loss. In the consolation finals, the young Tezak had his hands full with Ethan Graves, a senior from Sidney who had placed at the state meet in his three previous trips to Billings. The two wrestled to a 0-0 first round draw before Graves struck first with a two -point reversal. Tezak scored one on an escape leaving him still one to make up as the match rolled into the last period. Brent again scored one by way of escape at the 1:30 mark and then sealed the win with a takedown with under a minute to go to lock up third place for the freshman. Griffin was the next to take the mat as he looked to finish his season on a high note against Havre's Manny Rivera. Griffin wasted no time and jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first period. By the end of the second he had doubled that. But up 12-2 in the final period, Griffin found himself in the wrong spot with 20 seconds to go when Rivera caught him and almost had a pin locked in before Patrick broke free and wrapped up his season in stye with a 12-9 win. The last Beaver to grace the podium in Billings was senior Parker Tezak, who faced Bel- grade's Grady Blewett in the fifth -sixth place match at 205 pounds. Parker was the first to find the scoreboard on a take- down early in the match and took a 2-1 lead into the second period. Blewett scored three points in the second frame to go up by one, but a reversal with 38 ticks left in the round gave Tezak a 4-2 lead at the end of the second. But the third period belonged to Blewett, who scored an es- cape and a takedown to win the match, 6-4, and hand Parker the sixth place trophy. \I was really pleased with all our guys,\ said Nelson after the meet. \Some did not wrestle as good as we had hoped hut they all gave it their best effort and learned from the experience.\ With seven of their nine state qualifiers back next year, the Beavers will look to take their experience and make an even bigger impact next season. Montana State (lass A learn scores 1 Havre 297, 2 Sidney 265. t Columbia Falls 154. 4 Belgrade 96. S Corvallis Darby 93 S. h Poison 52. 7 Hardin 76. S L ew I m o % n 72 5. 4 Dillon 71. II) Laurel 70; II tilendive, 69. 12 Libby rroy, 66, 13 brenchtown-Alberton 645. 14 Hamilton -Victor sl. 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