The 2013-2014 prep basketball season is done. The season concluded Saturday night with many state championship games and thus, many state champion winners.
One of those winners includes the Class B Girls Fairfield Eagles who won their 4th consecutive Class B state title with a 60-55 win in 2OT against Malta. The Eagle girls also extended their win streak to 104 games.
In the game, senior star Jill Barta hit a clutch desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game in to double overtime and ultimately gave Fairfield the win. Barta finished with 41 points and 18 rebounds and ends her Fairfield career without a single loss and having won four state championships.
Jill Barta, Fairfield Senior, "we got angels, that's all I have to say."
Kourtney Coverdell, "I was like oh my gosh I love her. Like how did she even do that? It was so amazing and just proves how good she is."
Dustin Gordon, Fairfield Head Coach, "just the way we drew it up. I think Jill just took a glance at the clock and didn't think we had enough time and desperation shot and sometimes it goes. March Madness, March Madness of our own."
In the Class AA Boys, the Capital Bruins avenged their loss last year to Hellgate by beating them 51-47 for the state championship. The Bruins end the season with just one loss all year and are the AA state champions.
Head Coach Guy Almquist, "I'm just so proud of these kids. I mean what an unbelievable group, so gutsy - what a gutsy effort. When the chips are down they just play their best and when we have a little adversity it brings the best out of them. I'm just so proud of the work they put in and feel good that they're getting rewarded this way."
Kyle Harrington, Bruins Senior, "it feels amazing. We worked all 4 years for this. Ever since we were in 5th grade we all dreamed of this moment and now it's come true. It's the best feeling ever."
Jason Corne, Bruins Senior, "we lost it last year but came back and made it up for the guys who were with us this year. They were on the sidelines the whole time cheering for us and it makes it that much sweeter."
Kyle Nickol, "its the greatest feeling in the world. I love these guys to death and couldn't be happier. It's awesome. We're number one."
For the Class A Girls, the Havre Blue Ponies won the state title with their 52-43 win Saturday night over the Hamilton Lady Broncs. The Blue Ponies came in to the tournament as a #1 seed and certainly played like it. The Blue Ponies cut down the nets at 4 Seasons Arena in Great Falls and are bringing a championship back to Havre.
"I don't even know what to say, ummm," said Morgan Mazurkiewicz, Havre Junior.
"Over-joyed. I didn't think I'd be crying after, but I'm crying," said Haley Olm, Havre Senior.
"I was just excited. I looked over to my side and Peyton was right there and we were just waiting for those final seconds and that buzzer to go off, and it was just exciting," said Havre senior, Brandy Lambourne.
And for the Class C Girls, the Belt Huskies complete the 3-peat by winning the state championship over Hinsdale 63-18. It wasn't really a challenge for the Huskies as they prove why they're the best Class C Girls team in the state yet again.
"It's just the way those seniors should have went out man. Been with them for seven years and sorry but it's just a special crew man. They don't deserve anything less than this, it's all them and I've just been along for a good ride," said head coach Jeff Graham.
"We've played with each other since we were really little. Kara Gerke and I have played together since we were very little together and it's just great to know that we've come all the way this far together," said senior Katie Fetterer.
"I think that what really kept the team together was how we've been playing together since we were little kids. We've known each other growing up, that's the beauty of a small town like Belt. We've known each other since we were in kindergarten so going out on something like this is really special for us," said senior Kara Gerke.
"You know they say ones better, nothings better. They're all the same man. That first one is just as special as this, it's just a different group of kids and it never gets old man they're all the same," said Jeff Graham.
BOYS STATE CHAMPIONS
AA Capital Bruins
A Columbia Falls Wildcats
B Bigfork Vikings
C Box Elder Bears
GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS
AA Sentinel Spartans
A Havre Blue Ponies
B Fairfield Eagles
C Belt Huskies
Fun Fact: Great Falls/Helena area schools won 5 of the 8 state championships with 2 on the boys side and 3 on the girls side.
Capital, Box Elder Boys
Havre, Fairfield, Belt Girls.