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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks wins district title

 

February 20, 2019

Pictured are members of the Three Forks High School girls basketball team moments after capturing the 5B District Tournament Championship. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

It was an amazing weekend for the Three Forks High School girls basketball team.

The third-seeded Lady Wolves won three games in three days to win their third consecutive 5B District Tournament Title.

They will now move on to the Southern B Divisional Tournament in Billings and a February 28 first round match up at 9 a.m. against Huntley Project.

Three Forks won the tournament title Saturday evening at the Belgrade Events Center with a 51-42 win over third-seeded Big Timber.

Moments after the game, head coach Mike Sauvageau praised the hard work and determination of his team during the three games of the tournament.

"I couldn't be happier for these girls. To be able to win the championship and take home the trophy is great for these kids," he said.

Senior Kyle Olson had a huge night for Three Forks with a game high 30 points. Kendall Lynn added nine, Paeton Ohs finished with five, and Breanna Bloch, Keaton Lynn and Kinzee Howey each added two points. Sauvageau said Olson had been under the weather the past couple days but was able to get some key shots, steals, and rebounds for the team.

The opening minutes belonged to the Lady Herders who took early command of the game and took a 14-5 lead into the second quarter.

The Lady Wolves offense came to life in the second and they took their first lead of the game of the game 20-18 with 17 seconds left in the half on a three from Olson. Big Timber would answer with three of their own and take a 21-20 lead into the break. It was a big half for Olson who scored 14.

Olson continued her hot shooting in hitting two three-pointers and gave Three Forks their biggest lead of the game 32-27 with two minutes left in the quarter. The Lady Herders would answer back with a three of their own to cut the lead to 32-30 going into the fourth.

After Big Timber tied the game at 32, Kenzie Howey put Three Forks up 34-32 on an assist from Olson. This would set the stage for a huge run for the Lady Wolves who pushed their lead to 43-33 on basket from Kendall Lynn.

Sauvageau lauded the effort of seniors Olson, Ohs, and Peyton Page.

"The senior leadership on this team has been awesome. They believe in what we do and how we do it. The other girls on the team follow along with the seniors," he said. "We get to keep playing and we have a shot. When you have a couple players like we have on this team, you never know what might happen."

MANHATTAN

Three Forks opened the tournament Thursday with a 45-33 win victory over rival Manhattan.

Three Forks was sparked by a balanced scoring attack led by Bloch who had a game high 14 points. Olson added 13, Kendall Lynn had nine, Howey added four, Ohs finished with three and Erin Welter added two points.

Both teams traded baskets early in the first before an 8-0 Three Forks run to give them a 13-6 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Lady Wolves would extend the lead to as big as ten (21-11) in the second quarter sparked by two timely baskets from Bloch. The Lady Tigers would score the final four points of the quarter to cut the Three Forks lead to 21-15.

Three Forks would once again outscore Manhattan in the third sparked by key inside play from Bloch, and timely three-point shooting from Olson and Lynn whose shot at the buzzer gave the Lady Wolves a 33-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Sauvageau said it is always nice to get a win under your belt, especially when you are playing Thursday at the district tournament.

He said Bloch showed up huge even though she was playing through difficult circumstances, adding her grandfather had passed away Wednesday and she was also sick.

"What she did tonight was awesome. She had a great game, made some nice fakes, got some rebounds, and played good defense on Wass (Emma)," he said. "Our team won the game tonight. We had a lot of kids come in and play some minutes here and there and that's why we won. They all came in and contributed. To see them come out and play better than we have the last couple weeks that is the most refreshing part for me. I thought we did a pretty good job of playing basketball.

TOWNSEND

The Lady Wolves earned their trip to the district finals with a 36-29 win Friday over top ranked and undefeated Townsend.

Sauvageau was once again pleased with 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 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 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.

Kyle Olson goes up for the shot at the 5B District Basketball tournament.

Sauvageau said Olson played through being sick and at one point late in the game had to exit the game, , 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 was happy with 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 Welter each had two and Bloch added one point.

 

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