The Hamilton Lady Broncs earned the Third Place finish in the Western A Girls Basketball Divisional in Butte Saturday with a victory over Whitefish. The final score was Hamilton 31 Whitefish 28.

Early in the game, Hamilton had a 9-point lead, 11 to 2, and kept the lead until the final minutes of the game, when the Lady Bulldogs sneaked on by and led by a couple of points in the final period. Hamilton, however, with good defensive plays and free-throw shooting brought home the win with the final score Hamilton 31 and Whitefish 28.

The two teams may meet again, because they both will advance to the State Class A tournament in Great Falls, starting next Thursday, March 4. They will be joined by the first and second place finishers Columbia Falls and Ronan.

The Lady Broncs defeated Whitefish in their first game of the tourney 45 to 38, but then lost to Ronan in the Friday night semi=final 54 to 32. They defeated Dillon in the early 9 a.m. Saturday game, 48 to 37, and then found the energy and drive to win the Consolation game at 5 p.m. KLYQ will be following the Lady Broncs as they compete in the State basketball tournament.

Unfortunately, the Hamilton Broncs will not be at the State contest. They lost to Butte Central in a Saturday morning game 49 to 38. For the Western Division, Butte Central, Polson, Dillon and Ronan will be at the Great Falls event.

KLYQ again thanks its sports sponsors - Trail West Bank, KT Express Lube, real estate broker Kerry Hanson, Jerry Wessels Tire Center, Bitterroot Cleaners, Fords Department Store, Taylor King State Farm Insurance, Massa Home Center, Beehive Homes and Wimps Body Works. Our Bronc and Lady Bronc games are heard at 1240 AM Radio, and the free KLYQ app on your cell device.

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