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Big Horns, Lady Big Horns finish regular season strong, fall in District tournament

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By Amanda Eggert EBS Staff Writer

Jackson Wade scored nine points against the Wolverines for entrance to the 11/12C District tournament. Chris Tompkins scored 10 and Eddie Starz earned a game-high 23 points in the contest. Photo by Jill Bough

Jackson Wade scored nine points against the Wolverines, helping the Big Horns gain entrance to the 11/12C District tournament. Chris Tompkins contributed 10 points and Eddie Starz earned a game-high 23 points. Photo by Jill Bough

BIG SKY/MANHATTAN -The Big Horns finished the regular season with two home wins, 71-38 over the Lima Bears on Feb. 13 and a 51-44 victory over the West Yellowstone Wolverines Feb. 12. They entered the 11/12C District tournament as the eighth seed.

LPHS faced West Yellowstone again on Feb. 17 at a play-in game for entrance to the tournament, winning 43-34. On Feb. 18, they lost to top seed Ennis 53-32, landing them in the consolation bracket. Shields Valley bested LPHS 54-41 in a Feb. 19 elimination game and the Big Horns finished the season with a 7-15 record.

Ennis claimed the 11/12C District title with a 73-67 win over Manhattan Christian on Feb. 20, and Shields Valley beat Twin Bridges 52-42 for third place.

The Lady Big Horns were on a roll the first half of February, winning three consecutive games as they entered the 11/12C District tournament with a 14-4 record.

Despite strong momentum, they underperformed in the tournament at Manhattan Christian. On Feb. 18, they lost to White Sulphur Springs 51-35 in their first round game and the following day, Shields Valley eliminated LPHS with a score of 57-56. The Lady Big Horns ended the season 14-6.

Manhattan Christian handed Twin Bridges their only loss of the season in a 38-35 victory for the 11/12C District title. White Sulphur Springs fell to Ennis in a 49-37 contest for third place.

The top four teams in both tournaments will continue on to the Western C Divisional Tournament Feb. 24-27 in Hamilton.

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