C.M. Russell, Great Falls High boys successful

Great Falls Lukas Vining (3) shoots over Havre’s Kade Rismon Thursday during a game in the Swarthout Fieldhouse. TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER

Great Falls Lukas Vining (3) shoots over Havre’s Kade Rismon Thursday during a game in the Swarthout Fieldhouse. TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER

The frenetic pace of Thursday’s first quarter between Helena Capital and C.M. Russell High was something of an aberration from what fans of the I-15 nonconference rivalry have come to expect.

The fast-paced, run-and-gun style to the first quarter ended with CMR on top 23-18.

The game slowed after that as CMR outscored its southern counterpart 30-28 over the ensuing three quarters.

“Usually it’s a physical, get-your-nose-bloodied defense,” Rustlers coach John Cislo said. “Obviously it turned into that, but early on both teams were getting up and down. I think both teams had to make an adjustment defensively.”

Joey Marzion had a monster first quarter with 13 points, including two 3-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play. Once the Bruins stopped their press, however, Marzion slowed and scored five points in the second half.

“They just guarded me tough, (and) didn’t let me dribble or shoot coming off screens,” Mazion said afterward. “They put a guy on me.”

The Rustlers have been dealing with illness all week and it kept star Josh Horner out of the starting lineup. Horner finished with four points in 13 minutes as Mason Storm made his first career start.

“A lot of guys have been sick so we had to put some new guys in there,” Marzion said. “Mason got his first start and he did good for us.”

At the end of the day, the CMR boys enter the holiday break 4-1. In a perfect world, the Rustlers would be 5-0. But a 75-footer from Glacier at the buzzer negated that in the season opener.

The CMR girls dropped an overtime heart-breaker to unbeaten Capital to slip to 2-3. The Rustler girls have played a fairly tough nonconference slate, at least among Class AA opponents. They also lost to defending champ Missoula Sentinel at home earlier this year and squandered a late lead at Glacier.

Sophomore sharpshooter Taylor Edwards continues to impress. Edwards finished with a team-high 16 points in the 54-49 setback. Diondra Denton added 13 and Ashlee Atchison had a solid night on the boards with six.

The big question has to be, what has gotten into the GFH girls? The Bison topped Havre on the road to improve to 5-1 on the season. Kelsey Devlin and Markaela Francis scored 10 points each for GFH which is off to its best start in eons.

The GFH boys retained possession of the Old Goat trophy for the 20th consecutive year after topping Havre 69-43. Jace Anderegg led the Bison boys with 18 points.

Meanwhile, the GFH wrestlers topped Havre 38-26 in a matchup of the No. 2 teams in Class AA and A. Austin Shupe and Jarren Komac each won their matches to run their records to 17-0.

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