(Undated) – It’s come to the point in the High School Basketball season where only the strongest survive and our KSEN/K96 – Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week were key in helping their teams do Just that.

When Divisional Tournaments started last week, we had 11 local teams still alive for a chance to advance to the State A, B & C Tournaments.  Only two survived.

One of those being the Browning girls who battled thru four tough games at the Western A before securing a spot in next week’s State A in Missoula.  Browning Head Coach “Poor Boy” Croff says we couldn’t have done it without So. Mecca Bull Child, our all-around floor leader.”  He says “we just don’t function well without her on the floor.”

She certainly backed those statements up with the numbers she posted, leading the Lady Indians in scoring in all 4 games of the Tournament, 21 in the opener, 11 in the SF loss to Hamilton, 20 against Stevensville Sat. and 14 in the win that qualified them for state against Columbia Falls.  She averaged 16.5 points per game and Coach Croff says she has been in the top 3 in the Western A in numerous categories all season.

That includes #1 in scoring with a 15-pt. avg., free throws at 72%, 2nd in steals with 4.3 and assists per game at 3.4.  Croff told us she’s an excellent student and an all-around good kid and when she plays well, they all play well.

That could also certainly be said also for our Male Athlete of the Week, for the 2nd time this year, Shelby Sr. Rhett Reynolds.  Rhett averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounds in the 4 games of the Northern B Divisional with his best effort in the game that mattered most against Rocky Boy Sat. night…….26 points and 13 rebounds.

That performance gave Shelby 3rd place and another trip to the State B Tournament in Bozeman next week. Reynolds has been very good all season long with a season high 39 and 17 rebounds against Malta in the regular season.   We would like to point out that his teammates, especially all of the starters have become very adept at passing to Reynolds.  When you see those one-touch dunks or soft layups, those passes have to be near perfect and the players around him have done it time after time with pinpoint accuracy.

Congratulations to our KSEN/K96—Bozeman Trophy Athlete’s of the Week, Sr. Rhett Reynolds of Shelby and So. Mecca Bull Child of Browning. The Athlete of the Week is sponsored locally by McDonald’s in Cut Bank. McDonald’s honors our Athlete’s with two free value meals each.