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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Lady Devils still alive at Divisionals

By Eric Killelea

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Lady Red Devils have advanced into their fourth day of the Eastern A Divisional tournament. The girls basketball team from Dawson County High School are scheduled to play the winner of Billings Central versus Hardin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park. The winner goes on to qualify for the state tournament.

On Friday, DCHS beat Lewistown 46-30 in a loser-out game. Savannah Toms led the winning team with 12 points, as Jaley Wyse made 10 and Thea Robson added 9. These girls helped their squad shutout their opponent in the first quarter, 10-0, before battling to maintain the lead in what became a close game. With the win, DCHS now stands at 3-1 in the divisional tournament and 9-14 for their season. 

“They just came out ready to go and they have a goal,” DCHS head coach Kayla Rivas told the Billings Gazette. “Right now, we’re playing for Jaley. We’ve had Jaley for four years, and we really want to get (to state).”

Rivas added: “I love nothing more than watching this group succeed, and that’s what they done these last two weeks. I want them to keep going.”

The Ranger-Review reached out to Rivas, who was unavailable as of press time.

On Thursday, 10 members of the DCHS team scored to help their team crush Sidney, 45-26, in a loser-out game. Wyse led the Lady Red Devils with 10 points, as Bailey Pearcy put up 7 and Karsen Murphy added 6. For the Lady Eagles, Cassidy Larson had nine points to lead Sidney.

“These girls never stop believing,” Rivas told the Billings Gazette. “That’s kind of the way it’s been all year. You don’t have time to sit around and sulk, especially the last few weeks with the weather. Last week we played four games in seven days and then came here and are doing the exact same thing.”

On the first day of the tournament, DCHS beat Livingston, 42-34, before losing to Billings Central, 48-37.

It was a game of ups and down against Livingston, with each team winning two quarters. The score was 25-25 in the fourth quarter before DCHS pulled away with a 12-4 run to earn the win. The Lady Red Devils made 16 of 21 foul shots, while Toms scored 11 points and Wyse added 10. 

“Free throws win games,” Rivas told the Billings Gazette. “I was just making sure we had five girls on the floor who could knock them down, and that’s what they did.”

After the win, the DCHS team found itself trailing to Central 26-15 at halftime. 

“The girls were just ready to go,” Central head coach Jetton Ailes, who was a college teammate with Glendive coach Kayla Rivas at Montana State Billings, told the Billings Gazette. “They’re pretty locked in on what our goal is. They’re just playing well as a team right now.”

For the Lady Red Devils, Kendra Kaufman played tough and scored 10 points, as Murphy added 8. But the Lady Rams’ Olivia Moten-Schell finished 7 of 9 from the floor to score 21 points and secure the victory.

DCHS 46, Lewistown 30

DCHS - 10  6  14  16 — 46

Lewistown -  0  7  12  11 — 30

DCHS: Savannah Toms 12, Jaley Wyse 10, Karsen Murphy 9, Thea Robson 9, Kendra Kaufman 4, Kasidi Walker 2.

Lewistown: Hanna Hayes 7, Anna Zimmer 7, Haydn Potter 7, Valerie Kolstad 4, Macy Mangold 3, Kaitlyn Anderson 2. 

DCHS 45, Sidney 26

DCHS - 13  5  8  19 — 45

Sidney - 9  7  2    8 — 26

DCHS: Jaley Wyse 10, Bailey Pearcy 7, Karsen Murphy 6, Kendra Kaufman 5, Savannah Toms 5, Kasidi Walker 4, Thea Robson 3, Chloe Mires 2, Kayla Brown 2, Courtney Nagle 1. 

Sidney: Cassidy Larson 9, Lauren Beenken 6, Zoe Morrill 3, Emily Skogen 2, Ali Merritt 2, Madison Thiel 2. 

Billings Central 48, DCHS 37

Central -17  9  8  14 — 48

DCHS -   4 11  9  13 — 37

Central: Olivia Moten-Schell 21, Tess Hansen 10, Zoie Althoff 8, Isabelle Erickson 4, Avery Hadley 2, Chloe Paharik 2, Julia Peterson 1. 

DCHS: Kendra Kaufman 10, Karsen Murphy 8, Savannah Toms 6, Bailey Pearcy 5, Jaley Wyse 3, Demi Maher 3, Dayana Garzon 2.

DCHS 42, Livingston 34

DCHS - 12  9  5  16 — 42

PHS - 2  11 8  13 — 34

DCHS: Savannah Toms 11, Jaley Wyse 10, Bailey Pearcy 8, Karsen Murphy 7, Thea Robson 4, Kendra Kaufman 2.

Livingston: Kodie Vondra 11, Larissa Saarel 6, Danielle Babcox 6, Shania Johnson 5, Ryleah Floyd 2, Sylvie Schoenen 2, Abby Kokot 2.

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