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Lady Dogs down Libby for Northwest A victory, fall to CFalls

by WHITNEY ENGLAND
Whitefish Pilot | January 18, 2023 1:00 AM

Led by Jude Perry and Bailey Smith who both scored in double figures, Whitefish routed the Libby Loggers in the Bulldogs’ first Northwest A conference win on Friday. Whitefish won 56-25.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start in the game, but a second-quarter offensive blitz gave Whitefish a commanding advantage, 25-14, at halftime. Coming off a 17-point second quarter, the Bulldogs stayed hot in the third, making an 18-1 run. Whitefish held a 43-15 at the end of three quarters and played several younger girls in the last period.

Perry ended the game with 18 points, Smith had 15 and sophomore Yoli Krastev scored 8 points, all of those coming in the fourth quarter. Smith was also 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Whitefish (4-5 overall, 1-3 league) also played Columbia Falls on Thursday. The Wildkats downed the Bulldogs 52-30.

The difference in the game was the Wildkats’ 19-0 second quarter. After an uneventful first quarter by both teams, the game was tied 7-7 before CFalls ramped up its full-court defense to create turnovers by the Bulldogs. The huge run in the second quarter by Columbia Falls gave them a 26-7 lead at the half. Whitefish continued to battle in the second half with increased defense and hustle on the court. The nearly 20-point disadvantage was too much to come back from though.

Leading Whitefish in the game were Brooke Roberts and Smith with 6 points each; Hailey Ells added 5 points while Ainsley Scott had four.

Whitefish plays again on Saturday when the Bulldogs host the Browning Indians at 4 p.m. at Whitefish High School.

Libby 7 7 1 10 - 25

Whitefish 8 17 18 13 - 56

LIBBY — Rylee Boltz 7, Madison Vincent 5, Kinzee Boehmier 6, Rachel Kosters 2, Ashley Freese 3, Bergen Fortner 2.

WHITEFISH — Jude Perry 18, Bailey Smith 15, Brooke Roberts 3, Hailey Ells 3, Ainsley Scott 6, Yoli Krastev 8, Madi Gordon 3.

Columbia Falls 7 19 11 15 - 52

Whitefish 7 0 13 10 - 30

COLUMBIA FALLS — Taryn Borgen 15, Hope McAtee 14, Lexi Oberholtzer 7, Emalee Alton 4, Addy Bowler 3, Kya West 2, Demye Rensel 2

WHITEFISH — Brooke Roberts 6, Bailey Smith 6, Hailey Ells 5, Ainsley Scott 4, Yoli Krastev 3, Madi Gordon 2, Jude Perry 2.

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Bulldogs senior Brooke Roberts takes a shot at home on Thursday. (JP Edge/Hungry Horse News)

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Whitefish sophomore Madi Gordon takes a shot at home on Thursday against the Wildkats. (JP Edge photo)

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Bulldogs junior Bailey Smith drives to the net on Thursday at home against the Wildkats. (JP Edge/Hungry Horse News)

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