Wildcats fall to Browning, Hamilton

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  • Zach Pletcher hoists a shot against Browning last week.

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    Dillon Wanner with a late layup against Browning.

  • Zach Pletcher hoists a shot against Browning last week.

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    Dillon Wanner with a late layup against Browning.

It was another tough week for the Wildcat basketball team as they fell at home to Browning 67-37 Thursday before dropping a game on the road at Hamilton Saturday, 78-40.

“I wish we would have been a little bit more competitive, but those two teams are very good,” head coach Chris Finberg said about the losses.

Browning used an aggressive full-court press to devastating effect in the first half Thursday as the Indians built a 22-9 lead after one quarter before taking a 42-18 advantage into the break.

“We knew they were coming out in a full court press, but it is something that is hard for us to simulate in practice with the same intensity we were going to face,” Finberg said.

Dillon Wanner led the Wildcat effort with eight points while Zach Pletcher added seven.

The Cats fell behind early again Saturday as they trailed Hamilton 28-11 after one quarter of play and 46-18 at the half.

“Our defense was not very good in the first half against Hamilton and they knocked down the shots we gave them,” Finberg said.

Dillon Shipp led the Wildcat offense with nine points in the loss while Drew Morgan added eight.

The Cats were at home against Ronan Tuesday and will host Corvallis Saturday.

Browning 22 20 11 14 - 67

Columbia Falls 9 9 12 7 - 37

SCORING - C-FALLS: Dillon Wanner 8, Zack Pletcher 7, Dillon SHipp 6, Danny Henjum 5, Sam Hovde 5, Logan Bechtel 3, Jake Bulawsky 2, William Dyon 2, Drew Morgan 1. BROWNING: Ethan Running Crane 14, Riley Spoonhunter 13, Tyree Whitcomb 12, Justin Burd 9, John Deroche 4, Deion Mad Plume 4, Derek Sharp 3, Brant Bremner 2, Trevon Fisher 2, Chris Reevis 2, C.J. Smith 2. REBOUNDS - C-FALLS: (26) Bechtel 5, Hovde 4, Morgan 4, Dyon 3, Shipp 3, Henjum 3, Pletcher 2, Wanner 2. BROWNING: Whitcomb 8, Latrell Bull Child 3, Deroche 3, Sharp 3, Smith 3, Spoonhunter 3, Mad Plume 2, Running Crane 2, Fisher 1, Revvis 1. STEALS - C-FALLS: (11) Bechtel 3, Morgan 3, Shipp 2, Dyon 1, Henjum 1, Wanner 1. BROWNING: (20) Running Crane 5, Burd 3, Smith 3, Sharp 2, Spoonhunter 2, Bremner 1, Deroche 1, Fisher 1, Mad Plume 1, Reevis 1. ASSISTS - C-FALLS: (7) Dyon 3, Shipp 2, Henjum 1, Nieves 1. BROWNING: (15) Smith 4, Spoonhunter 4, Burd 2, Whitcomb 2, Fisher 1, Reevis 1, Sharp 1. BLOCKS - C-FALLS: (1) Pletcher. BROWNING: (4) Running Crane 2, Mad Plume 1, Reevis 1. TURNOVERS - C-FALLS: (27) Morgan 7, Shipp 7, Wanner 5, Bechtel 3, Henjum 2, Hovde 2, Dyon 1. BROWNING: (15) Bull Child 3, Smith 3, Fisher 2, Sharp 2, Whitcomb 2, Bremner 1, Burd 1, Mad Plume 1. SHOOTING - C-FALLS: 14-43 (33%) FG, 10-18 (55%) FT, 1-14 (7%) 3PT. BROWNING: 28-55 (51%) FG, 3-5 (60%) FT, 8-19 (42%) 3PT.

Columbia Falls 11 7 13 9 - 40

Hamilton 28 18 14 18 - 78

SCORING - C-FALLS: Dillon Shipp 9, Drew Morgan 8, Logan Bechtel 6, Sam Hovde 6, Danny Henjum 6, Dillon Wanner 3, Zack Pletcher 2. HAMILTON: Tanner Goligoski 23, Hunter Omlid 15, Carson Rostad 10, Trey Searle 9, Cam Rothie 7, Tyler Burrows 6, Drew Brackman 3, Austin Drake 3, Josh Dickemore 2. REBOUNDS - C-FALLS: (22) Morgan 6, Hovde 5, Bechtel 3, Shipp 3, Pletcher 2, Jack Price 2, Henjum 1. HAMILTON: (29) Omlid 7, Rostad 6, Searle 4, Goligoski 3, Burrows 3, Rothie 3, Brackman 2, Drake 1. STEALS - C-FALLS: (2) Henjum, Morgan. HAMILTON: (9) Burrows 2, Omlid 2, Brackman 1, Dickemore 1, Drake 1, Goligoski 1, Rostad 1. ASSISTS - C-FALLS: (13) Shipp 4, Wanner 3, Bechtel 2, Dyon 2, Morgan 1, Mikey Tamburelli 1. HAMILTON: (27) Rothie 10, Omlid 6, Searle 5, Drake 4, Burrows 1, Rostad 1. BLOCKS - C-FALLS: (1) Shipp. HAMILTON: none. TURNOVERS - C-FALLS: (20) Morgan 7, Wanner 5, Bechtel 3, Shipp 3, Hemjum 1, Brad Nieves 1. HAMILTON: (6) Omlid 3, Brackman 1, Dickemore 1, Goligoski 1. SHOOTING - C-FALLS: 15-42 (36%) FG, 0-0 FT, 10-24 (41%) 3PT. HAMILTON: 30-53 (57%) FG, 8-19 (42%) FT, 10-25 (40%) 3PT.

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