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Capital, Helena Ready for AA State Tournament

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The Capital boys are going into this year's tournament seeded number one in the West. And after losing last year against Hellgate in the championship game this year it's all about taking those experiences and putting them to use to get a much stronger run this year for the boys.

"The thing about last year is it was last year," said Capital senior guard Kyle Harrington. "The game happened and we all kind of came together and said there's nothing we can do to change that and just focus on next year."

"We have a lot of people that came back who played in the tournament last year so we'll have the experience," said fellow Capital senior guard Kyle Nichol.

"At the end of the day there's eight teams that want to win," adds Capital head coach Guy Almquist. "It's about who plays best and who makes bold decisions at bold moments and we need when those crucial moments happen in this tournament we need to be there and make the plays."

Speaking of an experienced team, this year's Capital girls will also be in the state tournament, this time as the two seed in the West. Now after losing last year in the state championship to Sentinel, they've got some unfinished business they want to take care of in this year's tournament.

"The girls returning are very focused, very serious about wanting to go one step farther," said Capital head coach Bill Pilgeram. "And they need to lead those other girls into what we want to do and we want to go there and play the best basketball that we can."

"We just got to take it one game at a time, and start off with the first game and not look ahead until we win that game," said Capital junior McKenzie Johnston.

On the other side of town the Helena High boys are going to be the four seed in the West in the tournament. It's been a couple years since Helena High was in the tourney, so they don't feel that much pressure on this year's squad.

"We can't let other teams dictate what we're going to do," said Helena head coach John Hollow. "We need to dictate the shots we want and the tempo we want. And if we do that, like I said I think we'll be a fun team to watch down there and you know there's no pressure on us. Nobody expects us to do anything so we're going to go down there and have some fun with us."

"I think that really motivates us to do well, to prove people wrong," said junior guard Chase South. "Because once again, no one really expects us to do anything so it gives us a lot of motivation."

And of course the first round of the tournament will start on Thursday. You've got Capital boys at 1:30, Capital girls at 3:30, and Helena High boys play at 8:00.

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