Top-ranked Missoula Hellgate blows past Helena High

HELENA — Top-ranked Missoula Hellgate imposed its will against Helena High in a Western AA boys basketball game on Saturday afternoon, as the Knights dropped the Bengals in Helena, 59-37.

Hellgate jumped out to a 14-5 advantage after the first quarter, but Helena was able to hang around in the second quarter and trail by just 10 entering halftime, 27-17.

The Knights’ defense locked down Helena in the third quarter, allowing just five points. Hellgate was able to stretch its lead to 19 by the end of the third quarter, as it coasted to victory.

Hellgate was incredibly efficient, hitting 55 percent of its shots and all 11 free throws. Future Montana Grizzly Rollie Worster led the way for Hellgate with game highs of 22 points and nine rebounds. Pierce Brown led Helena with 11 points and was the only Bengal in double digits.

Now, Hellgate turns its attention to crosstown rival Missoula Sentinel. The Knights and Spartans square off next Friday. Helena hosts crosstown rival Helena Capital on Thursday.

Alec Bofinger

Alec Bofinger

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