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Kats earn three conference wins

by BRANDON HANSEN
| February 7, 2024 2:00 AM

The first Cat-Dog game of the season ended with a resounding victory for Columbia Falls, as the Wildkats downed the Lady Bulldogs 55-14 in Northwest A Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Columbia Falls led 25-12 at halftime and then held Whitefish to two points in the second half. The Wildkats went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back.

Taryn Borgen led Columbia Falls with 14 points while Onnika Lawrence added nine.

The Wildkats swept the regular season series against their Cat-Dog rival Whitefish, winning Columbia Falls 48-23 on Friday, Feb. 2. Columbia Falls took advantage of a slow start by the Lady Bulldogs to take a 21-9 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the scoring gates opened up, with Columbia Falls outscoring Whitefish 22-10. Taryn Borgen led the Wildkats with 23 points, including four three-pointers. Onnikka Lawrence also notched 13 points for Columbia Falls. Of Borgen’s points, 15 of those came in the third quarter. Columbia Falls improved to 6-3 in league action and 7-7 overall.

Columbia Falls’ defense held Libby to five first-half points on its way to a 67-21 Northwest A Conference victory on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The Wildkats led 41-5 at halftime and opened up the third quarter with a 17-6 run.

Ellie Stutsman led Columbia Falls with 14 points and seven rebounds. Taryn Borgen had 13 points and five steals, while Hope McAtee added 12 points and five assists.

Libby fell to 0-8 in conference play on the season.



At Columbia Falls

COLUMBIA FALLS 55, WHITEFISH 14

Whitefish - 8 - 4 - 0 - 2- 14

C-Falls - 10 - 15 - 17 - 13 - 55

COLUMBIA FALLS SCORING - Taryn Borgen 14, Onnika Lawrence 9, Ellie Stutsman 7, Emalee Alton 6, Hope McAtee 6, Maddy Eurian 3, Demye Rensel 3, Addy Bowler 2, Maddie Moultray 5

At Whitefish

COLUMBIA FALLS 48, WHITEFISH 23

C-Falls - 13 - 8 - 22 - 5 - 48

Whitefish - 5 - 4 - 10 - 4 - 23

COLUMBIA FALLS SCORING - Taryn Borgen 23, Onnikka Lawrence 13, Ellie Stutsman 5, Hope McAtee 4, Kierra Kemppainen 2, Alanis Peterson 1

COLUMBIA FALLS 67, LIBBY 21

Libby - 2 - 3 - 6 - 10 - 21

C-Falls - 20 - 21 - 17 - 9 - 67

COLUMBIA FALLS SCORING - Ellie Stutsman 14, Taryn Borgen 13, Hope McAtee 12, Ashlyn Dunham 9, Maddie Moultray 7, Onnika Lawrence 5, Emalee Alton 4, Kierra Kemppainen 2, Alanis Peterson 1