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Spartan basketball went 1-1 against Flathead last week with the boys losing 48-56 while the girls demolished the Braves 62-24.
Although the loss brings the boys to a 9-2 conference record, they are still on top of the state. The wins over Hellgate and Bozeman made Sentinel number one.
Junior Scott Malikie said, “We knew going in that they were going to be good. We were down 13 in the first quarter and by half time we were down by 4. With 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter we were up 3 but were unable to finish how we wanted. This loss will give us more drive to take state.”
Helena has a long history of having good basketball teams, but we were too much for them. The girls demolished Flathead Tuesday and set their eyes to the future.
“We played as a team and really shared the ball well. Everyone scored and it was a great win. Last year we lost to flathead our last game so we got our revenge,” Sophomore Lexi Deden.
The boys were equally as proud of their victory over Helena.
“The wins over Helena felt really good and well deserved. We played really well as a team. Now we just need to keep that intensity and drive in through the season. If we do that then we could be state championship contenders,” Senior Trey Kolb said.
The girls boosted their standings to first in the state, after they defeated the number one team Helena High. They also bested Helena Capital who is another power house in the state. They are now 10-1.
Junior Shelby Schweyen said, “It was really good. We are now number one. We’ve been coming together more as a team and playing better each game. It’s nice to finally be back on top.”
The girls are looking very dominant with their only loss to Bozeman which ended in a triple overtime thriller.
Their win was huge over the previous top team in the state (Helena High), who also beat them in the state championship last year.
The Spartan teams have less than half of the season remaining. Sentinel plays Glacier this week. The boys are home and the girls go to Glacier.
The boys have not lost a home game yet, and that will tested with last year’s champs: Glacier.
This year the MHSA implemented a divisionals competition to get to state. This is the first year divisionals has ever been in effect.
“I’m interested to see how the results turn out; it’s almost like another state. I know we will do well. At state Helena High and Billings Senior will be our toughest opponents,” Senior Grace Staynor said.
Both of these teams have winning records and have a target on our Spartans’ backs.