Loyola and Baker basketball players from Missoula receive honors

The talented athletes of Montana’s Class B basketball championship, Reynolds Johnston of Missoula Loyola and Madison O’Connor of Baker, have been recognized as the 406 MT Sports Athletes of the Month. Johnston, a 6-foot-6 junior forward and three-time all-stater, played a crucial role in leading his team to victory by averaging an impressive 17.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He helped Loyola achieve a perfect 25-0 record and secure their second consecutive state title with his outstanding performances on the court.

In addition to his standout play throughout the tournament, Johnston was also named Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year on March 21. His remarkable performance included a 28-point showing in a semifinal win over Poplar and scoring 22 points in the championship game against Fairview, securing ten rebounds and making six assists in the process.

On the other hand, O’Connor, a sophomore guard and two-time all-stater, led Baker to their first girls’ championship in 23 years with her impressive play on the court. She averaged an incredible 25.6 points throughout Baker’s successful season and achieved high-scoring games of 35 points against Miles City, 34 against Ekalaka, and 33 against Fairview and Huntley Project. O’Connor also reached her career milestone of scoring over 1,000 points during a victory over St. Labra in late January.

Apart from her outstanding basketball skills, O’Connor is also active at Baker High School where she serves as president of her sophomore class since freshman year.

Overall, both Johnston and O’Connor are deserving recipients of this recognition for their exceptional performance during Montana’s Class B basketball championship season.

By Samantha Johnson

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