Hellgate Boys Basketball Hitting Their Stride - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Hellgate Boys Basketball Hitting Their Stride

Posted: Updated:

Even though they have a couple losses on the year, the Hellgate Knights are still the team to beat in the AA ranks as defending state champs, and as of late, they've been playing their best basketball.

It's safe to say the Knights are hitting their stride as the state AA tournament approaches. They've won their last 8 games, and haven't lost in the month of February.

"As of lately, we've been practicing hard, and putting it out there every day in practice and every game, so it's coming along slowly, and our goal is to just get better day by day," says senior guard Brady Henthorn.

It's that short-term approach that seems to have helped the team settle into their roles, and their ability to mesh on and off the court.
 
"Our team chemistry for sure, we're playing really well together, we're playing unselfish, so when that starts to happen we're willing to give the ball up, we're willing to set screens so someone can get open and score.  Stats don't really matter, we're just doing the little things basically," says junior guard Brady Henthorn.

With a big win over cross-town rival Sentinel last night, the Knights are 3-0 in cross-town games, with their final one before the state tournament coming tomorrow against the Big Sky Eagles.

"Cross-town games are always a lot more intense than the normal games that you have.  Anything can happen in cross-town, and everyone ups their level and intensity, so it's always a fun atmosphere, and we always bring our best and they'll bring theirs, so we try to come out with a bang and do what we can," says Henthorn.

Coach Jeff hays has fostered an environment that players want to be a part of, even if it means sacrificing minutes on the court for the betterment of the team.

"We had a film session on Monday, and one of our clips was a bench celebration.  We got a pretty good chuckle out of Devin (Bray) who was celebrating a shot by Mark (Lebsock)   We got a good laugh out of it, and watched it a couple of times, but that's the enthusiasm we want to be able to play with and share," says Hays

"It's awesome how everyone realizes their role on the team.  They know what they're there to do.  If they aren't a huge scorer, they know to play lock-down defense, and know to box-out and rebound, and just do the little things, set good screens, and get other people open.  If everyone does that, our team really works well together," adds Bray.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:43:48 GMT
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
  • Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Thursday, March 20 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-03-20 17:04:11 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:11:40 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:41:56 GMT
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
  • Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:03:46 GMT
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
  • Noxious Weeds

    Noxious Weeds

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:05:49 GMT
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
  • LSH Rams Set Sights on Class B Three-Peat

    LSH Rams Set Sights on Class B Three-Peat

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-08-19 04:26:16 GMT
    Over the past two seasons, the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams haven't lost a game, won two class B titles, and graduated nearly double digit college football players, but don't expect that talent level to drop off this year
    Over the past two seasons, the Loyola Sacred Heart Rams haven't lost a game, won two class B titles, and graduated nearly double digit college football players, but don't expect that talent level to drop off this year
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.