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Wildcats lights out in state 'A' championship

By Shane Gillette, News and Sports Reporter, sgillette@keci.com
Published On: Mar 09 2014 10:20:11 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

For the fourth time in six years Columbia Falls hit the hardwoods against Dillon to be crowned state 'A' champions.

Dillon entered the contest with the two to one championship advantage and the most recent victory coming in 2012, but it was a different story Saturday night as the Wildcats took the 56-47 point victory.

"Oh my god, words can't even describe it I'm so excited right now," said senior guard Alex Presnell.

"Sending our seniors off with the victory, I'm still a junior I got to come back and do it again next year but our seniors deserve this," said junior guard Ty Morgan.

"Feels pretty good to go our our senior year and bring that championship back to Columbia Falls," said Wildcat senior Jared Trinastich.

Dillon was considered the favorite after having only two regular season losses, one to the 'AA' Helena Capital Bruins and the other from the defending state champion Stevensville Yellowjackets.

"We like that, we like having all that pressure being the underdog and that helped us, we came out and played lose and we got the championship," explained Trinastich.

"We had on our scouting report today we are the better team go get it done and we played with that attitude and got it done," added Morgan.

The Wildcats were without star player Jared Trinastich throughout most of the first half due to foul trouble, but they found success from a great team effort and great shooting from beyond the arc. Ty Morgan put a finishing touch on one from the left side to end the first quarter and you could feel the momentum peaking to the Wildcats side.

"That's what makes you a state championship team is getting contributions from many, many people and he was huge tonight especially when Jared got into foul trouble and fouls out," said Wildcat head coach Cary Finberg.

"It was huge I mean I went down with a couple fouls and we have some kids step up and play big roles and that's what we needed to get this W," said Trinastich.

"We shot the ball well tonight, I mean that's no surprise when you're the tallest team in the tournament and you shoot the ball that well you're going to be successful and we did that," explained Morgan.

In the end it was the Wildcats cutting down the nets and storming the court, but this class 'A' rivalry is long from finished with Columbia Falls returning eight juniors and two sophomores. While Dillon is only losing two seniors from this year’s squad.

"We got a lot of kids back so the fun now begins for next year. Let these kids enjoy it then its back to work and see what we can do next year," said Finberg.