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Wolves extend winning streak to 7


February 13, 2019

Melissa Jenkins

Three Forks junior Micaiah Hauser drives the lane Saturday against Columbus. Hauser was impressive last week in his first action of the season after returning from a knee injury he suffered during the football season. He scored 10 at Deer Lodge and six against Columbus.

The Three Forks High School boys basketball team will be riding a seven game win streak when they open postseason play Friday at the 5B District Tournament in Belgrade.

The Wolves (14-4, 8-2 5B) wrapped up the regular season in impressive fashion last week with a 60-43 road win Friday over fifth ranked Deer Lodge and a 72-35 senior night win Saturday against Columbus.

"We're playing good at the right time. I told them at the end of the season is when we've got to start coming together and playing good. I'm excited for the district tournament and to see who we are playing Friday and hopefully we can get a rematch with Big Timber Saturday," said Head Coach Terry Hauser.

Second-seeded Three Forks will open the tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of third-seeded Whitehall and sixth-seeded Manhattan.

In a battle of ranked teams last Friday, the Wolves would take a two-point lead into the half and came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Wardens 18-6 to take a 44-30 lead into the final quarter.

Hauser said they were able to get up nine in the second quarter before a Deer Lodge run at end of the first half, adding it took them a little while to get going and figure out the Wardens 1-3-1 zone defense.

"Once we figured it out it was fun to watch. I was excited for that game. It was nice to see how we'd play against the West and we fared pretty well," he said.

Three Forks was sparked by the return of junior Micaiah Hauser who was playing in his first game of the season after injuring his knee during the football season. He scored 10 points against Deer Lodge and added six Saturday against Columbus.

Coach Hauser said the kid's love playing with Micaiah.

Melissa Jenkins

Dustin Dalke looks for an open teammate against Columbus.

"He see's the floor so well and he's able to get to the hoop well and distribute. He's a great shooter. You don't see a lot of kids come back from an injury and have a weekend like that. He's an awesome edition and makes us that much better going into tournament time," Coach Hauser said.

Senior Payden Lynn led the team in scoring against Deer Lodge with 17 points. Colter Miller added 13, Dustin Dalke and Hauser finished with 10, Bryce Olson added four, Zach Pitcher added three, Corey Yecny finished with two and Dallas Cooper had one point.

Miller led the team in scoring against Columbus with 20. Lynn and Dalke added 10, Olson finished with eight, Hauser had six, Yecny finished with six, Owen Long added five, Cooper and Pitcher each had three and Kaeson long added two.


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