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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks defeats Big Timber, falls at Columbus


January 23, 2019

Jayden Woodland takes the ball up the court for the Lady Wolves. Voice photo by Jack H. Smith

The Three Forks High School girls basketball team used a huge third quarter run last Thursday at home to defeat visiting Big Timber.

Trailing 33-32 midway through the quarter, the Lady Wolves (6-6, 2-4 5B) exploded with a 16-0 run to take a 48-32 lead on their way to a 58-42 victory. The win avenged a 46-36 road loss in December.

Faced with foul trouble early, head coach Mike Sauvageau credited freshman Jayden Woodland and Lily Jones for their contributions early on. Three Forks would trail 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and Sauvageau said after this the team settled down and didn't foul as much.

"I thought we had a really good second half and got the ball inside and had a lot of people step up and score. We haven't had many runs like that in our favor and that is what happened to us in Big Timber, so it was nice to turnaround and do that tonight," he said.

Kyle Olson led the team in scoring with 21, Paeton Ohs was also in double figures with 10, Breanna Bloch added nine, Keaton Lynn had seven, Kinzee Howey finished with six, Woodland finished with four, Kendall Lynn had two and Erin Welter added one point.

Sauvageau said the game came down to his team's defense in the second half, adding on offense they were able to get some good shots, and a lot of girls had assists.

"It was just good team basketball," he said.

On Saturday, Three Forks fell on the road 47-42 to sixth ranked Columbus. The Lady Wolves would fall behind 11-3 at the end of the first but rallied in the second quarter to cut the lead to 18-14.

Olson led the team in scoring with 18, Kendall Lynn finished with 14, Bloch added four, Keaton Lynn, Howey, and Ohs each finished with two points.

This week the team will host 11-1 Whitehall on Thursday and travel Friday for another conference matchup against Jefferson High School in Boulder.

Sauvageau would like to see his team put 32 minutes together. He said to become a solid team you need to put together 32 minutes, not just half a game and try to pull it off in the end.

"We are headed in that direction," he said.


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