Basketball teams split games at Whitefish

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  • Savvy Ellis goes up for a contested shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo

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    Danny Henjum takes a running shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Dillon Wanner takes a tough shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Sam Hovde takes a shot on the post against the Bulldogs Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Drew Morgan goes up for two of his team-high 23 points against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    LaKia Hill goes up for two of her game-high 17 points against Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Ryley Kehr takes an acrobatic shot against Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Paige Burger battles Whitefish’s Kaiah Moore for a loose ball in the fourth quarter Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

  • Savvy Ellis goes up for a contested shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo

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    Danny Henjum takes a running shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Dillon Wanner takes a tough shot against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Sam Hovde takes a shot on the post against the Bulldogs Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Drew Morgan goes up for two of his team-high 23 points against the Bulldogs in Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    LaKia Hill goes up for two of her game-high 17 points against Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Ryley Kehr takes an acrobatic shot against Whitefish Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Paige Burger battles Whitefish’s Kaiah Moore for a loose ball in the fourth quarter Thursday. (Jeremy Weber photo)

It was an up and down night for Columbia Falls basketball fans in Whitefish Thursday as they boys fell to the Bulldogs, 60-45, while the Wildkats picked up a 61-27 victory.

The Wildcats fell behind by seven after one quarter and trailed 33-19 at the half before staying even with the Bulldogs in the second half.

Drew Morgan led the Wildcat attack with 23 points while Danny Henjum and Dillon Shipp each added six.

Lee Wolburn led Whitefish with 29 points.

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

The Wildkats built a large early lead in the girls game and never looked back as Columbia Falls remains undefeated. The Kats jumped out to 24-8 lead after one quarter of play and pushed that lead to 38-13 at the half. Columbia Falls closed out the game on a roll, scoring the contest’s final 14 points.

The highlight of the game came late in the fourth quarter as Kimberly Peacock made her first appearance in a game since being diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2017.

LaKia Hill led all scorers with 17 points while Ryley Kehr added 15 and Trista Cowan was also in double figures with 13.

Both teams are off until Thursday, when the boys will host Browning while the girls will take on the Lady Indians on the road.

Whitefish 19 14 10 17 – 60

Columbia Falls 12 7 14 12 – 45

WHITEFISH – Jayce Cripe 6, Bodie Smith 2, Justin Conklin 6, Mark Anderson 3, Sam Menicke 3, Ryan Kimm 2, Lee Walburn 29, Dillon Botner 9.

CF – Dillon Wanner 1, Drew Morgan 23, Dillon Shipp 6, Danny Hejun 6, Will Dyon 3, Logan Bechtel 3, Sam Hovde 3.

Whitefish 8 5 6 8 – 27

Columbia Falls 24 14 8 15 – 61

Whitefish – Kaiah Moore 4, Hope Brown 3, Gracie Smyley 5, Peyton Kastella 13, Marlee Bender 2.

CF – Maddie Robison 1, Savvy Ellis 5, Lakia Hill 17, Josie Windauer 5, Hannah Schweikert 2, Ryley Kehr 15, Graceann Sevesind 3, Trista Cowan 13.

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