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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves upend Deer Lodge

 

February 19, 2020

Ashlyn Swenson lines up a three in a 42-18 win over Deer Lodge. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

The Three Forks High School girls wrapped up their regular season splitting a pair of games. The Wolves picked up a big win on senior night Friday with a 42-18 win over Deer Lodge and lost a tough road battle Saturday 29-24 at seventh-ranked Columbus.

Following Friday's win, Three Forks (9-9, 5-5 5B) Head Coach Mike Sauvageau praised the defensive play of his team.

"I thought tonight our defensive intensity was solid from the start. Deer Lodge didn't shoot really well, but in the first half we are in their face a lot and they took bad shots. That's what we have to do to stay in games --- play really good defense," he said.

The Wolves were dominant from the get-go against the visiting Wardens, taking a 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and 22-9 lead into halftime.

"We started out good offensively early. We had a bad stretch in the second quarter where we didn't score for like four or five minutes, but we were able to get through that. We were steady in the second half and the big thing for us to keep scoring and not go into those slumps. If we do that we can play with some people," he said.

Three Forks started seniors Kendall Lynn, Breanna Bloch, McKenzie Feddes, Erin Welter and Peyton Page against Deer Lodge, something Sauvageau is not accustomed to.

Erin Welter drives to the basket against Deer Lodge.

"I haven't always started seniors because it is senior night, but this is a great crew and they all deserved to start. I think it was special for them. In 35 years, I don't think I've started all five seniors on senior night. I think they enjoyed it. They worked their tails off all year, and they deserved a nice reward," he said.

Kendall Lynn led the team with 13 points, Bloch had 12, Ashlyn Swenson added eight, Keaton Lynn finished with seven and Welter added two.

The Wolves led 13-10 at half Saturday but were outscored by the Cougars 19-11 in the second half.

Three Forks will open postseason play Thursday at the 5B District Tournament. The third-seeded Wolves will play sixth-seeded Manhattan at 4:30 p.m. at the Belgrade Events Center. The winner will move on to a 7:30 p.m. Friday semifinal matchup against Whitehall.

 

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