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Frontier Conference Basketball Wrap, Saturday 2/22

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Lady Argos Make Playoffs for First Time with Win Over Bears

Frontier Conference leading scorer Erin Legel had another exceptional performance as she helped propel the Lady Argos over Rocky Mountain College, 87-75, at the UGF McLaughlin Center.

Great Falls (17-12, 7-9) needed the victory tonight to secure a spot in the conference playoffs which will be their first appearance since reinstating the program. "We knew what we needed to do tonight and we liked that we held our destiny in our own hands," said Argos head coach Bill Himmelberg.

The Argos held onto an early halftime lead and got double-digit performances from four different players. Legel had a career night with 36 points to lead the Argos and was 19-20 from the free throw line. Mary Wilmore added 17 markers while Darah Huertas-Vining knocked down 16. Taylor Statton chipped in 10 points. Lindsey Abramson tied her season high rebounds with 22 for the night.

The 17 wins set a new regular season record for wins in a season for the program. "I am proud of the girls and the great season we have had. We are going to work hard this week to prepare for the opening round game," added Himmelberg.

Great Falls waits to find out where the team will travel for the opening round of playoffs.


Great Falls Upsets No. 10 Rocky Mountain, 91-76

The University of Great Falls men's basketball team came out of the intermission with the intent to stop the Battlin' Bears of Rocky Mountain College after trailing by seven. The Argos (17-12, 8-8) did just that and upset the No. 10 ranked Bears, 91-76.

Marcel Towns paced the Argos with a 27 point performance and also collected six steals. TJ Harris pitched in 24 points and Maleek Singleton added 16. Shawn Williams provided a lift off of the bench and put up 11 points.

"Rocky came out hot in the first half and we knew we needed to step up defensively in the second and get some big stops," stated Great Falls head coach Steve Silsby.

The Argos defense stymied the Bears in the second half after a 63 percent shooting performance in the first. Great Falls forced 19 turnovers and capitalized on the extra opportunities.

"I am proud of the guys. This was a big momentum boost for us heading into the playoffs," added Silsby.

The Argos will be the No. 6 seed in the Frontier Conference playoffs and will travel to Havre to play MSU-Northern next week.

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