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Bozeman junior Addi Ekstrom dribbles away from a defender against Billings West on Jan. 21 at Bozeman High.

After trailing by eight points entering the final quarter, Bozeman did just enough to win again.

The Hawks held Beaverhead County to three points in the fourth quarter for a 42-39 nonconference road win on Tuesday.

This is the second consecutive comeback victory for the Hawks (5-8, 3-4 Eastern AA). They eliminated a 10-point lead to win at Great Falls on Saturday.

“It was a hard-fought game. They’re obviously a solid team and undefeated in their conference. They put some pressure on us,” Bozeman head coach Erika Gustavsen said. “Going into the fourth, we buckled down and did what we needed to to get the win.”

Both teams pressed on defense early. The Hawks scored just four points in the first quarter and trailed by five, but they outscored their opponent 17-11 in the second. Beaverhead County then held Bozeman to seven points in the third to take a 36-28 lead going into the fourth.

Gustavsen added Bozeman’s bench was vital as reserves made pivotal shots and defensive stops late.

As the Hawks forced contested shots and found an offensive rhythm, they cut the lead to three points with four minutes left. A 3-pointer gave the Hawks the advantage, and Lucy Child made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three with five seconds remaining.

“Obviously we were a little up and down,” Gustavsen said. “At least we stepped up.”

Addi Ekstrom scored seven of her game-high 14 points in the fourth while Macy Mayer added 10 as eight Hawks scored.

Josey Jones was the only Beaverhead County player to score in the fourth as she made a 3-pointer on her way to a team-high 12 points. Ainsley Shipman added 10.

Eleven Hawks played at some point, which Gustavsen said is a sign of balance.

“I obviously believe in all of them,” she said. “We had a couple girls step up, knock down some 3s and get some stops. We’re going to need everybody to be able to contribute offensively and shoot the ball. That helps our overall team dynamic.”

Colton Pool can be reached at or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.