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Frenzy Part 2 - Frontier Conference Basketball Wrap, 2/7

UGF Overpowers Lewis and Clark State

The Lady Argos had a fantastic showing tonight in the McLaughlin Center with a decisive 87-67 victory over Lewis and Clark State University. The 20 point victory marks only the second conference loss for the 9-2 Lady Warriors. The Lady Argos were able to hold the lead over the conference second ranked Lady Warriors for the entire game, keeping the average margin of lead over ten points.

"This was a huge win for us tonight," said UGF head coach Bill Himmelberg. "The girls put a lot of time in the gym this week and our coaches worked up a whole new game plan. We really focused on taking care of the basketball and getting those reversals and it threw them off their game."

The night started with a three point shot from UGF's Erin Legel, who is third in the league for points scored per game, and it continued to be a high scoring and successful game for the Lady Argos. UGF held the conference leader in steals, Brittaney Niebergall of Lewis and Clark, to only one steal on the evening. Two Lady Argos also out-scored Tanis Fuller, the conference leader in scores per game.

The top scorers for UGF were Lindsey Abramson with 27 total points, Taylor Statton with 25 total points, and Legel with 19 total points. Darah Huertas-Vining also racked up 10 points for UGF. "We played well as a team on offense and defense," said Statton. "Our plan was to slow down on offense and wear them out for the whole thirty seconds, then take the shot when they broke on ‘D.' We need to come out hard, just like we did in this game, against Tech tomorrow."

Last week the Lady Argos lost to Montana Tech in Butte and will look for revenge tomorrow night in the McLaughlin Center. "A win against Tech tomorrow will keep this momentum going for us. If we keep winning, we will be back in position for the playoffs, and that is our goal," added Himmelberg. "If we keep playing like we did tonight and keep executing, good things are going to happen for us."

UGF Loses Hard Fought Match to Lewis and Clark State

Lewis and Clark State College pulled off a hard earned victory over the University of Great Falls Argonauts at the UGF McLaughlin Center. The Warriors managed to edge the Argos by seven points with a final score of 77-70. The game was close and constantly fast paced with a total of eight lead changes and high scorers on both sides of the ball. Many of the night's shots were from beyond the three point arch, especially for UGF, as the Lewis and Clark's defense was solid.

"Give some credit to L C, they came out tonight with a game plan and they executed it," said UGF head coach Steve Silsby. "They came out in the zone, and said ‘look, if you're gonna make shots against us tonight, then it has to be jump shots.' They gave us some good looks and shot well."

Lewis and Clark held the lead for the majority of the game but were scarcely able to pull ahead of the Argos by more than ten at any point in the game. Top scorers for the Warriors were E.J. Harris with 26 points and Jacob Champoux with 16. Solid defense and high scoring kept the Lewis and Clark team out ahead of the Argonauts in the game. Coach Brandon Rinta noted, "Luckily, we had a couple of our guys get it going tonight against this tough UGF team. E.J Harris and Champoux had great nights tonight. We gotta turn around and go against Northern tomorrow, so this is a tough road trip."

Great Falls was never out of the game in the battle, partly due to intensity of the game and the high scores that the Argo lead scorers were able to put up on the board. Marcel Towns led the Argos and all scorers with 31 total points, two of which were earned with a slam dunk in the last minute of the game which triggered a rally by the Argos as they tried to come back from a nine point deficit. The other three Argos earning top scoring marks were Maleek Singleton with nine points and Reid Tramelli and Naren Maynard with seven a piece.

"We have to refocus and play Tech tomorrow; that is the bottom line," Coach Silsby said. Tomorrow the Argonauts face off against Montana Tech once again. It will be the team's second meeting within a week. Tech will be looking for revenge and a chance to beat the Argos on their home floor. The Argos need the win to secure their spot as fourth in the Frontier Conference.


Northern splits with Montana Tech in Havre

The 19th-ranked Northern women defeated Montana Tech 64-52. The Diggers' Mandy Machinal and Northern's A'Jha Edwards lead their respective teams with 18 points.

The Northern men fell to the Orediggers 65-62. Tech's Bryan Bock lead all scorers with 27 points. Corbin Pearson had 16 for the Lights.

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