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Lady Wolves take down undefeated Townsend

Play in district final Saturday


February 13, 2019

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Senior Paeton Ohs takes it to the basket against Townsend. She had nine points in the semifinals.

The Three Forks High School girls basketball team is heading to the 5B District Finals.

The Lady Wolves used an amazing defensive performance and well-balanced scoring Thursday afternoon to upend previously undefeated and top ranked Townsend 36-29. Three Forks will play the winner second seeded Whitehall and third seeded Big Timber Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Belgrade Events Center.

Following the game, Lady Wolves head coach Mike Sauvageau praised the way his squad played as a team and for their effort two straight nights.

"We made them work for everything they got," he said.

It was a fierce defensive battle in the first quarter with the two teams combining for just eight points. Three Forks senior Paeton Ohs opened the scoring in the first minute to put the Lady Wolves up 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs would score the final six points of the quarter to take a 6-2 lead into the second quarter.

After a Townsend basket to open the second, Three Forks would come to life with seven straight points keyed by a Kendall Lynn, three and two consecutive baskets off of steals from McKenzie Feddes and Ohs to give them a 9-8 lead. The Lady Wolves would increase the lead to 13-10 on an Erin Welter basket. After a Townsend bucket to cut the lead 13-12 the two teams would remain scoreless the final two minutes of the half.

The third quarter belonged to the Lady Wolves and their relentless defense. After the Lady Bulldogs scored the first two points of the quarter, Three Forks would outscore Townsend 11 four with four players to take a 25-17 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Bulldogs would come out strong in the fourth with six consecutive points before the Lady Wolves fired back and would take a 28-23 on a steal and layup from Kyle Olson. Townsend would cut the lead to two on the next possession before Three Forks would seal the game with more amazing play on the defensive end and hitting their free throws down the stretch.

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Three Forks celebrates after the victory.

Sauvageau said Olson played through being sick and at one point late in the game had to exit the game because she was six, adding she was able to come back in and hit some key free throws.

Junior Kendall Lynn was the lone Lady Wolf in double scoring with 11 and Sauvageau lauded the way she played against Townsend. He said she did a great job of handling the ball for the team as well as taking pressure off of Olson. Sauvageau was encouraged by the play of Lynn on offense and is hoping she continue to look to score. Ohs and Olson each had nine points. Sauvageau said Ohs did a good job rebounding and getting good shots. McKenzie Feddes had three points with Sauvageau adding she did a great job coming off the bench the first two games of the tournament.

He added it was once again a team effort.

Keaton Lynn and Erin Welter each had two and Breanna Bloch added one point.


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