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By Jack H. Smith
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Lady Wolves headed to semifinals

 

February 27, 2019

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The lights of the Metra Park Arena shine brightly on Three Forks senior Kyle Olson. She finished with a game high 28 points.

The Three Forks High School girls basketball team continues to shine in when it matters the most. The Lady Wolves won their fourth consecutive postseason game in 2019 Thursday morning at the Southern B Divisional Tournament with a 48-38 win over Huntley Project. They have now won 13 straight postseason games, a streak in that started at the 2017 state Tournament.

Three Forks will now move to the semifinals where they will face the winner of Forsyth and Roundup Friday at 3 p.m. at the Metra Park Arena in Billings.

It was a game of runs with Huntley Project taking an early 10-5 lead before Three Forks came to life with a 13-0 run sparked ferocious defense and eight points from Kyle Olson to take an 18-10 lead. The Lady Red Devils would add a free throw to cut the lead to 18-11 going into the second quarter. It was a huge quarter for Olson who finished with 12 points.

Lady Wolves head coach Mike Sauvageau said his team were able to get things going after falling behind when they switched to a man to man full court defense.

"That got us going," he said.

Three Forks opened the second with a cross court pass from Olson to Kinzee Howey whose layup put the Lady Wolves up 20-11. It was a sign of things to come as the Lady Wolves would score the first nine points of the quarter with Olson connecting on a deep three and converting on a layup and subsequent free throw along with a basket from junior Kendall Lynn to push the lead to 30-11.

Huntley Project would close the half with a 6-0 run and would make things interesting when they score the first four points on the third quarter to cut the lead to 30-21. Sauvageau said after his team took the big early lead it was a like a faucet got shut off on their offense and they let the Red Devils back in the game.

Breanna Bloch would break the scoring drought with two huge free throws. Howey would connect on a layup on another assist from Olson to push the lead to 34-21.

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Kendall Lynn battles for the loose ball.

Huntley Project would continue to fight to keep in the game and cut the lead to 36-27 early in the fourth before Kendall Lynn was able to hit a five-foot jumper and Olson followed on the next possession with a deep three-pointer.

Olson had a monster night for the Lady Wolves with a game high 28 points. Howey and Kendall Lynn each had six, Keaton Lynn and Erin Welter added three and Breanna Bloch finished with two. Sauvageau praised the play of his bench including Keaton Lynn and Howey who he said came up with big baskets.

He said the team only finished with 14 turnovers and when they finish with under 15 they have a chance at winning games. He said the biggest blackeye from the game was rebounding adding they missed too many layups

 

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