Both the Whitefish Basketball teams were in Browning Tuesday night for a double header.
These games were originally scheduled to be played right after the break but had to be postponed.
The Bulldog boys would take to the hardwood in yet another matchup between these two schools that turned out to be a classic.
Both teams would catch fire offensively in the first quarter, combining to score 43 points in the opening frame as Browning led after 1, 23-20.
Whitefish was able to slow things up a bit in the 2nd and both teams went into the halftime break tied at 34 a-piece.
Sloppy turnovers hurt the Dawgs in this one as Browning opened the 3rd quarter on an 8-0 but Whitefish battled back and found themselves down 2, 48-46 after three.
In the fourth, the Running Indians were able to get out and run and built an 11 point advantage halfway through the frame. The Dawgs showed plenty of fight in this game as they continued to battle. Down by double figures with a minute left in the game, Whitefish would knock down four 3-pointers in the final minute. CJ Thew hit a 3 with just 3 seconds on the clock that made it a one point game, 71-70, but the Dawgs were out of timeouts. Carson Gulick had to commit a technical foul to stop the clock. That sent Browning's Maurice Redhorn to the line where he made 1 of 2 but there was just 0.2 on the clock as Browning held on for the 72-70 victory.
The Dawgs were down two starters in this one as Carson Krack and Dane Hunt were both out for various reasons, prior function and illness.
Whitefish saw great bench production from Ryan Conklin and Aaron Anderson. Conklin dropped in a couple of made 3's, Anderson played fantastic defense. Conklin earned the OrthoRehab Player of the Game for his performance.
Mason Kelch, CJ Thew and Carson Gulick played all 32 minutes for the Dawgs and gave it their all. Kelch led the way with 23 points, made five 3's in the game. Thew had 21 points, 4 made 3's. Gulick had 15.
For Browning, they were led by Maurice Redhorn III who dropped in 29 points. In the process Redhorn scored his 1,000th career point in the game. Redhorn has scored 60 points combined over his last two contests.
Congratulations to Redhorn on a remarkable achievement.
With the win Browning improves to 11-4 on the season, 7-2 in conference play. Browning has a chance for the Northwest "A" No. 1 seed as they will play Columbia Falls one more time.
Whitefish falls to 8-7 overall, 4-5 in league play.
In the nightcap, it was the girls time to shine.
The Lady Dawgs did a good job of keeping it close in the 1st half as Browning had difficulty scoring efficiently. The Lady Indians led after 1, 16-8.
Bailey Smith caught fire for Whitefish in the 2nd quarter making a pair of 3's but Browning was able to extend the lead to 29-17 at the half.
The Lady Indians took over in the third quarter scoring 23 points in the frame and ran away with the 68-41 win.
Jude Perry came just short of a double-double as she had 7 points and 10 plus rebounds to earn the OrthoRehab Player of the Game. Bailey Smith led the way with 12 points for Whitefish.
The Lady Indians had 9 different players score and were led by Jerel White Grass with 13.
Browning improves to 10-5 overall, 7-2 in conference play.
Whitefish falls to 5-10 overall, 2-7 in league play.
On a side note, Browning's gym was an amazing atmosphere:
Up Next: Both Whitefish basketball teams return to action, Thursday, to face Libby.
Boys will host the Loggers for a 5:45pm tip while the girls hit the road.
Catch the boys game live on KSAM.