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Lady Wolves finish 4th at state


March 13, 2019

Melissa Jenkins/Three Forks Voice

Kyle Olson capped of her storied career with four strong games at the Class B State Tournament.

Following a tough 50-48 setback to Florence-Carlton in their opening round game last Thursday at the Class B State Tournament, Three Forks High School girls basketball head coach Mike Sauvageau said it was a tough loss to take but told his team they were not done and he was not at all worried about how they would come back in their next game.

He was exactly right. The Lady Wolves came out strong in their elimination game Friday picking up a 61-40 win over Harlem. Three Forks was once again fierce in the consolation semifinals Saturday morning avenging two earlier losses to Columbus and advancing to the consolation finals with a 43-36 win over Columbus. The Lady Wolves magical postseason run came to an end later Saturday with a 42-31 loss to Missoula-Loyola.

After finishing the regular season 7-11, Three Forks would go 8-3 in the postseason and finish fourth at the state tournament. It was the third straight state appearance for the Lady Wolves who finished third in 2017 and won the state title in 2018.


Three Forks fought valiantly till the buzzer but were unable to pick up the victory Thursday in their opening round matchup against Florence-Carlton at the Belgrade Events Center.

The Lady Wolves would trim a 13-point deficit to two with 42 seconds left in the game on a three pointer from Kyle Olson. Three Forks would have a chance to tie or win the game with less than 10 seconds left in regulation but were called for an offensive foul with 2.3 seconds left and after two missed free throws a Kendall Lynn half-court shot fell short and they fell 50-48.

Sauvageau said he was happy with the effort from the team and they had a chance to win despite missing free throws and layups.

"We had the opportunity at the end we just didn't get the job done," he said.

Olson led the team with 28 points, Paeton Ohs finished with seven, Breanna Bloch had six, Kendall Lynn finished with four, Erin Welter added two and Kinzee Howey had one point.

The Lady Wolves would start strong scoring the first seven points of the game including five from Olson. Florence-Carlton would come roaring back with the next six before Olson drained a three from the top of the key to increase the lead to 10-6. The Lady Falcons again stormed back and took their first lead of the game 12-10 with two minutes left in the quarter. Three Forks would tie the game with two Ohs free throw and regain the lead on a basket from Bloch. After a Falcon bucket, Olson would hit another three to extend the lead to 17-14. Florence would score the next five to take a two-point lead before an Olson shot with five seconds left made it a 19-19 game going into the second. Olson had 13 points in the opening quarter.

A Howey free throw on the first possession of the second quarter would give Three Forks a 20-19 lead. Florence would respond with four of their own before two Kendall Lynn free throws to cut the lead to one. After the Lady Falcons built a five-point lead, a Kendall Lynn jumper would make it a 27-24 game. Olson was fouled with 9.9 seconds left in the half and hit one of two free throws to close out the half with the Lady Wolves trailing 27-25.

It was a tough third quarter for Three Forks who after pulling to within one 29-28 early in the quarter were outscored 15-3 by Florence-Carlton who took a 44-31 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Wolves were impressive to start the fourth and pulled to within 46-38 after two Olson three pointers. Three Forks would trim the lead seven with 2:28 on a three-point play from Olson and would close to within 50-45 after a basket from Bloch.

The Three Forks High School girls basketball team continued their season Friday afternoon with a 61-40 victory over Harlem at the Class B State Tournament in Belgrade.

Olson had a monster night with 33 points and Kendall Lynn was also in double figures with 11. Welter and Ohs each had five, Lily Jones finished with three and McKenzie Feddes and Bloch each added two.

Sauvageau said his team put together their best game of the year and credited Welter and Feddes for their play.

"It was a great team win. It is nice to see these girls come together as a unit," he said.

The Lady Wolves stared in impression fashion and took an early 11-1 lead paced by five points from Welter. Harlem would answer back and cut the lead to 12-8 midway through the quarter. Each team would score three in the next four minutes and Three Forks would take a 15-11 lead going into the second quarter.

The Lady Wolves would once again play solid in the second and pushed the lead to 21-11 after an Olson three pointer. After a Harlem three, Olson would drain another to get the lead back to 10 at 24-14. Olson would answer again on the next Three Forks possession and her driving layup put the Wolves up 26-14 with 4:38 left in the opening half.

The Lady Wolves would dominate in the second quarter hitting eight of 11 shots and took a 35-18 lead into halftime. Olson had 17 in the opening half.

Three Forks came out strong in the second half and took a 45-20 lead after five points from Olson and a three-point play from Kendall Lynn.

The Lady Wildcats would score the next seven before an old-fashioned three from Olson put the Lady Wolves back in control.

The Lady Wolves defeated Columbus 43-36 Saturday morning to advance to the Class B Consolation Championship.

Melissa Jenkins/Three Forks Voice

Head coach Mike Sauvageau high fives the Lady Wolves after a 61-40 win over Harlem.

It was a strong defensive performance for Three Forks who did not give up their first points of the game until under a minute left in the first quarter and took a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Wolves would take a 16-13 lead into the half paced by a strong performance from Kendall Lynn who had nine points in the first two quarters.

Three Forks came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Cougars to take a 16-9 32-21 lead going into the fourth.

Olson led the team in scoring with 16, Kendall Lynn had 13, Ohs finished with eight, Breanna Bloch had two and Keaton Lynn added one.

The Lady Wolves would trail by just one at the end of their consolation championship against Missoula-Loyola but were outscored 21-12 in the second and third quarters of the 42-31 loss.

Olson led the team with 22 and Ohs added 6.


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