Montana-Wyoming high school basketball series returns
MISSOULA, Mont. - The high school basketball season has been wrapped up for quite some time now, but some of the best players around western Montana will get to lace them up one more time this weekend.
The Montana-Wyoming All-Star Series returns Friday and Saturday. Games will be played at Sheridan College in Wyoming on Friday and will move to Rocky Mountain College in Billings on Saturday. The girls games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys games will start at 7:30 p.m. both days.
For the girls team, two class AA seniors from Kalispell will look to make an impression.
Nikki Krueger (Glacier) averaged 12 points per game for the Wolfpack in her senior season and finished third in class AA with 8.7 rebounds per game.
The Flathead Bravettes will be sending Tiana Johnson. She earned herself the invite by leading all of class AA girls hoops last season with 17 points per game and also finished second in free throw percentage shooting 76-percent from the stripe.
Also, an impressive resume gets even stronger for Kiara Burlage. The Columbia Falls senior won a state championship in volleyball last season and also the school's first basketball state title in more than three decades. Now she will be playing with the best of the best from her state.
The boys roster will get one more player from Flathead county. Jaxen Hashley, a senior from Glacier High School helped lead the school to its first-ever state championship this year. All he did in his final season was average a double-double with 16 points per game and a conference leading 11.9 rebounds per game.
Also representing western Montana on the boys roster is another 2017 state champion. Ty Tanner led the Arlee boys to their first state championship this March. Tanner averaged nearly 20 points and 6 rebounds per game this season for the Warriors. Tanner also signed to play basketball with Dawson Community College this week.
DAY 1 GIRLS Montana: 69 Wyoming: 68
BOYS Montana: 93 Wyoming: 78
DAY 2 GIRLS Wyoming: 60 Montana: 86
BOYS Wyoming: 71 Montana: 100
Below are the Montana rosters for the series:
GIRLS ALL-STAR TEAM Hannah Collins - Great Falls High Nikki Krueger - Kalispell Glacier Tiana Johnson - Kalispell Flathead Rianna Rogers - Bozeman Mollie Peoples - Butte Central Kiara Burlage - Columbia Falls Madison Chavez - Hardin Sophia Stiles - Malta Natalie Klinker - Fairfield Natalie Hilderman - Red Lodge
BOYS ALL-STAR TEAM Ty Tanner - Arlee Nate Costin - Malta Tanner Haverfield - Dillon Drew Huse - Bozeman Troy Anderson - Dillon Brenden Howard - Great Falls Jaxen Hashley - Kalispell Glacier Bryson Deming - Billings West Braydon Deming - Billings West RayQuan Evans - Billings Skyview