– Basketball Roundup –

Regular season end in sight, Twin Bridges remains unbeaten

MADISON COUNTY—Post season high school basketball begins in just two weekends, and area teams played a whopping nine games last weekend to bring them ever closer to the finish line.

Ennis and Sheridan began the weekend’s action with a faceoff hosted by the Panthers on Thursday, January 24, resulting in the extension of a 10-game winning streak for the lady Mustangs. Ennis held the Panthers to only 12 points for the game in a 52-12 defeat. 

The Ennis boys are getting back into a groove after a loss to Twin Bridges two weeks ago interrupted what would have been a six-game winning streak. They defeated Sheridan 50-38. 

Also on Thursday the Whitehall Trojans played the Three Forks Wolves, with each team taking a win. On the boys’ side, the Wolves triumphed handily in a 52-35 defeat of the Trojans, but the girls came back with a vengeance to take a commanding 47-33 win over Three Forks. 

Friday, January 25 saw four games around the county, beginning with Ennis hosting the Lima Bears and stretching the lady Mustangs’ winning streak to 11 games. Both Ennis teams commanded the court, with the boys winning by 25 points 67-42 and the girls running away with a 49-point win, 69-20.

Ennis wasn’t alone with its double victory on Friday: both Three Forks teams defeated Jefferson, with a rout on the boys’ side of 79-40 and a narrower 45-34 win for the lady Wolves.

The Granite Prospectors traveled from Philipsburg to play Harrison on Friday, but scores for the game were not reported before the Madisonian’s editorial deadline.

Twin Bridges then hosted Sheridan on Friday, with three players in the double-digits to lead the Falcons to a 71-25 victory over the Panthers. Charlie Kruer notched 14 points, nine of which came from behind the three-point line; Matt Kaiser and Nate Konen added 10 points each.

And the Falcons weren’t to be stopped when they traveled to Drummond on Saturday; they start to make winning look effortless. They rolled to a 69-48 win over the Trojans. Even 20 points from Drummond’s Jonah Park and 17 from Riley Allen weren’t enough to top Jake Hughes’ vicious 26-point game and the Falcons’ 13 three-pointers. 

The lady Falcons weren’t as lucky, falling to Drummond 63-48. Clancy Phillip led Twin with 13 points, but 15 from Drummond’s Sydney Phillips and 13 from Sara Kielley gave the lady Trojans enough of an edge to nab the 15-point victory.

Saturday’s last two games came when Harrison hosted Gardiner and Whitehall played Sweet Grass County. Both local teams fell to their opponents, with Harrison being defeated 85-50 on the boys’ side by the Bruins and 61-24 on the girls’ side.

For Whitehall, victory was closer but still just out of reach. The Trojans fell to the Sheepherders 65-42, while the girls came within eight points to lose 46-38 to Sweet Grass.

As teams head into February, more games await this weekend:

Thursday, January 31:

• Ennis @ Boulder

Friday, February 1:

• Ennis @ Home vs. Granite

• Harrison @ West Yellowstone

• Sheridan @ Drummond

Saturday, February 2:

• Twin Bridges @ Home vs. Lone Peak

• Sheridan @ Home vs. West Yellowstone 

• Harrison @ Home vs. Lima 

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