Lady Beavers crush East Helena to remain unbeaten

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Dillon Lady Beavers extended their win streak to six games to open the season with a dominating 69-29 win over East Helena at home on Saturday.

A game versus Stevensville earlier in the week was postponed due to road conditions, so Dillon hadn’t played a game in close to three weeks.

“The girls were itching to get a game in,” said Dillon coach John Hansen. “Luckily, our girls stayed focused for East Helena. I thought we had good energy.”

Dillon jumped out to a 20-6 first quarter lead and were unchallenged the rest of the game.

Halle Fitzgerald, a strong, athletic sophomore, sent a message that she was going to be factor in Dillon’s court future. Fitzgerald posted team-high numbers in points, rebounds, steals and assists, with 14, 9, 9 and 5. Fitzgerald spurred Dillon to a dominant second quarter with 7 steals in the period.

“Halle is one of those that really answered the call as far as anticipating passes and getting steals,” said Hansen. “Sydney Petersen had a great game off the bench and really provided a spark for us.”

Hansen felt his seniors did what they needed to do and cited the physical, inside play of Abby Brevig who scored 8 points.

“I thought our transition was great,” said Hansen. “Ainsley and Lauryn did a good job passing ahead to get us a lot of easy baskets. Focusing on that theme, Jordyn (Walker) had a lot of fast break points using her speed and her quickness to get easy baskets.”

In the blow out, Hansen played 12 and 10 scored.

“I think our depth is tremendous,” said the coach. “I’m comfortable playing 13 or 14 girls meaningful minutes. The rotation has gotten a little tighter. Early on I played five in and five out. As we play full JV games, some of those quarters will be reduced.”

The Dillon girls played at Butte High Tuesday night after the Dillon Tribune deadline, and then will host Frenchtown Friday and Hamilton on Saturday. The Hamilton game, part of a doubleheader with the boys, will determine the early leader in the Southwestern A as both teams are currently undefeated in conference games.


Dillon scoring – Abby Brevig 8, Halle Fitzgerald 14, Evey Hansen 4, Kylie Konen 4, Zoey Morast 0, Sydney Petersen 12, Lauryn Petersen 7, Hailey Powell 0, Ainsley Shipman 8, Leila Stennerson 0, Ariel Thomas 0, Jordyn Walker 12.

Halftime - 41-12, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (5-17) – Fitzgerald 2-6, Morast 0-1, S. Petersen 2-2, L. Petersen 1-3, Shipman 0-2, Stennerson 0-1, Walker 0-2. Rebounds (45) – Fitzgerald 9, Shipman 9. Steals (12) – Fitzgerald 9. Assists (19) – Fitzgerald 5, L. Petersen 5, Shipman 5. Turnovers (14). Blocks (6) – Shipman 6.