Finn, Ketcham net first in contest

A pair of Big Timber basketball players will have a chance at some state and national attention after taking first place in their respective age groups at the 2017-2018 Elks Hoop Shoot contest Jan. 6 in Big Timber. 

Kameryn Ketcham and Bailey Finn each won their respective age group in a district free-throw shooting contest last weekend. Ketcham topped her other three competitors by sinking 18-of-25 free-throws, taking first in the 10-11-year-old age group. 

Finn netted 24-of-25 from the charity stripe, beating out Big Timber’s Tommijo McGillvray (17-of-25), Katelyn Hamilton of Columbus (19-of-25) and Leila Riojas Hidalgo of Billings (9-of-25). 

Both Ketcham and Finn will head to Livingston on Feb. 6 to compete in the state contest. Should either, or both, of them win their age group at state, they’ll move on to represent Montana at the national competition later this year. 

Finn’s mark of 24-of-25 was the best by any shooter, of any gender, of any age group at the district contest.

Finn is quite familiar with the contest, as she was the 2013-2014, 8-9-year-old Montana Champion, sinking 23-of-25 at the state competition. 

Montana has had 19 contestants take first, second or third at the national finals, according to a release from the Elks Hoop Shoot program. 

Most recently, Finn went in 2013-14, with Blake Finn taking first-place in 2009-2010.

Since the beginning of the Elks Hoop Shoot contest, 42 boys and 42 girls have gone to the national contest from Montana. 

Other contestants at the district contest included Evan Halverson taking third in the 8-9 Girls, making 10-fl-25. Aidan Tulley was third in the 8-9 Boys, making 12-of-25.

By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Pioneer Editor

 

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