Tiger girls claw past Burnt River

Ashley Mund has her shot tipped away by Burnt River's Cassie Sullivan (No. 10) as teammate Courtney Schnetz (No. 2) backs up. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

Monument-Dayville 45, Arlington 39

LONG CREEK - Tiffnie Ashley scored a career-high 13 points to lead the Monument-Dayville girls to a come-from-behind 45-39 victory over Arlington in the third-place game of the Long Creek Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The loss snapped the Tigers' five-game losing streak and upped Monument-Dayville's preseason record to 2-6.

"It was really nice to see the girls play team ball and get this win," Tigers' coach Jerry Boyer said. "Our scoring was pretty well spread out, and it was a team effort to pick up this victory."

In addition to Ashley's team-high 13 points, Ashley Mund and Emma Winkelman scored 10 points each and Mandy Anderson had eight.

Boyer said Anderson also played a great game on defense and had a total of seven steals.

Monument-Dayville held an 8-7 lead after the first quarter of action, but Arlington came back with 14 points in the second quarter to tie the score at halftime, 21-21.

Arlington (2-7) held a three-point lead, 31-28, after three quarters of play, but got into foul trouble.

With four starting Arlington players out of the game in the fourth quarter on fouls, the Tigers came roaring back with 15 points while holding the Honkers to eight to collect the victory.

Jessica Dale scored a game-high 22 points to lead Arlington.

Monument-Dayville opens TriCo League play against two tough opponents this weekend.

The Tigers travel to Spray on Friday, Jan. 10, for a 6 p.m. game, and host Mitchell in Dayville at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.

Burnt River 29, Long Creek 24

LONG CREEK - Missing two starting players, the Burnt River girls basketball team held things together to score a come-from-behind 29-24 victory over Long Creek to capture the championship at the Long Creek Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Burnt River coach Tonya Snyder said the girls stepped up and did what they needed to do to win the game.

"It wasn't the most beautiful effort I've ever seen, but the kids stepped up and filled the holes with two starters out of the lineup," she said.

Long Creek (1-8) held a 16-15 halftime advantage but let the game slip away in the third quarter.

"The girls played really hard against Arlington on Friday and for the first two quarters on Saturday but by the time the third quarter started, the girls were really exhausted," Long Creek coach Marianne Smith said.

Burnt River (5-1) shut the Mountaineers out in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

"Even though we lost by five points it was a great game," Smith said. "The girls see that they are getting better and better with each game and they've come a long way since the season began. Now it's league time and now it gets serious."

Miranda Bennett led the Mountaineers with 12 points, Val Bonnanfant added eight points and Becca Helstowski scored four.

Long Creek plays at Mitchell on Friday, Jan. 10, and hosts Spray on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off time for both games is 6 p.m.

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