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Wolves season ends in Billings

 

March 11, 2020

Melissa Jenkins

Ashlyn Swenson and Lily Jones look for the board against Whitehall.

The Three Forks High School girls basketball season came to an end at last week's Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Wolves (11-12) fell in a quarterfinal matchup 36-24 against Roundup and fell in a Friday elimination game 43-38 against conference foe Whitehall.

In the Thursday game, Roundup would score the first four points of the quarter before Keaton Lynn got the Wolves on the board at the 3:10 mark with a 15-foot jumper. The Panthers would dominate the rest of the quarter and took a 12-3 lead at the end of one.

Roundup would build the lead to as big as 18-3 in the second before two Breanna Bloch free throws with under two minutes left. Erin Welter would score on the next Wolves possession to chip the lead to 18-7. The Panthers would answer back with the final points of the half and take a 20-7 halftime lead.

After giving up the first two points of the second half, Three Forks scored five straight on a three from Peyton Page and basketball from Kendall Lynn and cut the lead to 10. The Wolves would not get any closer in the quarter and trailed 29-17 going into the final eight minutes.

Ashlyn Swenson scored the first points of the fourth on a corner three with five minutes remaining to cut the lead to single digits at 29-20. Roundup outscored Three Forks 7-4 in the final five minutes to advance to the semifinals.

Breanna Bloch led the team with five points. Keaton Lynn and Ashlyn Swenson both had four, and Kendall Lynn, Peyton Page, and Lily Jones each finished with three. Erin Welter added two points.

Following the game, head coach Mike Sauvageau said Roundup did not walk away from them really fast, they just slowly, gradually kept scoring and got a lead.

"But we were in the game until the middle of the fourth quarter. Just couldn't get a bucket or two together all night long," he said.

Sauvageau credited the Roundup for frustrating the Wolves shooters.

"When you score 24 points you shouldn't expect to win a basketball game," he said.

WHITEHALL

The fourth meeting of the year between Whitehall and Three Forks ended with the Lady Trojans moving on at the tournament with 43-38 win.

It was a low scoring affair in the first quarter with both teams only managing two baskets. Whitehall added one more point from the free-throw line to give them a 5-4 lead going into the second.

The Trojans started strong in the second and took a 14-8 lead thanks to six points from Jada Clarkson and a three from Brynna Wolfe. Three Forks would answer back with the next four with baskets from both Keaton and Kendall Lynn. Following a Kendra Klapan free throw, Kendall Lynn cut the Whitehall lead to 15-14. Wolfe responded for the Trojans with another three to push the lead back to four at 18-14. Whitehall would close out the first half by banking in a three as time ran out to put the Trojans up 21-14 going into the break.

Three Forks would cut the lead to 25-23 in the third after four consecutive points from Peyton Page, the second basket with just over a minute left in the quarter. They would tie the game 25 with three seconds left on a Kendall Lynn layup.

Whitehall quickly reclaimed the lead in the fourth on two Jacy Johnson free throws. Kendall Lynn would tie the game seconds later with another driving layup.

Three Forks would take their first lead since 2-0 when Kinzee Howey hit a three to put her team up 30-29 with 6:20 left in the game. Clarkson fired right back to put Whitehall up 31-30. Kendall Lynn continued her strong play and drained a long three on the next Three Forks possession to put the Wolves up 33-31. Hoagland pulled Whitehall to within one with a free throw with 4:03 remaining. After Three Forks missed three consecutive free throws, Whitehall reclaimed the lead at 34-33 with two Clarkson free throws.

Up 39-38 with 1:38 left Wolfe hit two free throws to give a 40-37 remaining. Keaton Lynn was fouled on the next Three Forks possession and hit one to make it a 40-38 game. Wolfe would hit two more free throws with a minute left to give the Trojans a 42-38 lead.

Kendall Lynn led Three Forks with 19, Keaton Lynn finished with nine, Page added six, Howey finished with three and Bloch added one.

Sauvageau said his team had a two-point lead but could not hit their free throws.

"It was a good battle. They did a good job. We had the lead; they battled and took it back and hit some key shots down the stretch and made their free throws.

Sauvageau also credited the senior class of Kendall Lynn, Peyton Page, Erin Welter, McKenzie Feddes, and Breanna Bloch.

Kendall Lynn had a big tournament for the Wolves.

"They've had more success than any group of seniors for Three Forks basketball I've seen. They played Saturday night at state for three straight years. For four years these girls have worked their butts off. They've had tons of success. Getting to Divisionals was a huge step for this team. It was a good year," Sauvageau said.

Looking to the future, Sauvageau is hopeful the younger girls will he hungry and want to practice and work hard like the five seniors.

"Basketball is a game where it takes time. You've got to work on your game, and then you come together and have success. Success breeds success and a bunch of these younger girls are ballers. They will get after it and play and practice hard. You don't have to worry about that," Sauvageau said.

 

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