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Heat girls get set for Charlo Vikings


January 16, 2020

John Hamilton

ON THE BREAKAWAY - Hot Springs' Brianna Gray goes up for a shot as Miera Loberg follows.

HOT SPRINGS – It's big game time for the Hot Springs Savage Heat girls.

In one of the premier basketball games of the 2019-2020 season, the undefeated Savage Heat, who improved to 3-0 in 14C play and 9-0 overall last week, will travel to Charlo Friday to take on the likewise unbeaten Lady Vikings, the No. 4 rated Class C team in Montana according to the latest power poll released last week.

Although not currently ranked, the Savage Heat most certainly will have the full attention of coach Bret Thompson and his powerful Vikings.

"This could be a barn-burner, a really good game," Hot Springs coach Richard Jackson said. "We have been playing well and so has Charlo. It should be fun, we are looking forward to it."

The Heat will prep for the Charlo tilt by hosting St. Regis in Hot Springs Thursday.

Hot Springs took care of its District 14C business with another pair of conference wins last week, taking down Plains 58-42 in Hot Springs Friday and defeating Noxon 50-26 in the West End Saturday.

The Heat denied the Trotters by largely cutting off the passing lanes to Plains' high-scoring post player Kylee Altmiller, who they limited to a season-low eight points. Plains freshman Kimmy Curry responded by scoring a career-high 27 points to lead the Trotters, but it was not enough against Hot Springs.

"I think that was one of our better defensive games," Jackson said. "Curry hurt us some but we were able to keep Altmiller largely in check."

McKennize Cannon led the Heat against Plains with 16 points and seven rebounds, Katelyn Christensen scored eight points and secured five rebounds, Lily Winn and Irene Bravo scored eight Pleas points each, Lizzy Fisher seven, and Brianna Gray, Emma Rae Rassmussen and Danielle Graham two apiece.

Point guard Sydney Jackson scored five points, passed out six assists and came up with four steals. Fisher, Winn and Jackson also had four rebounds each, and Fisher, Cannon, Gray and Christensen grabbed three steals apiece.

At Noxon, Christensen led Hot Springs with 15 points, Jackson scored 10, Fisher seven, Cannon six, Winn four, Bravo and Gray three each and Graham two.

Cannon cleared eight rebounds and Winn six, Gray dished out three assists and Bravo, Christensen and Jackson pilfered two steals apiece.

See other story for Noxon scoring.


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