Harlem senior sets Montana scoring record with 68 points

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior at Harlem High School scored 68 points Saturday to set a Montana High School Association record for points scored in a game.

Brad Cichosz hit 12 3-pointers in leading Harlem to a 101-53 win over Polar on Saturday in Harlem.

Harlem coach Geno LeValdo told The Billings Gazette that Cichosz's teammates noticed he was hot, so they kept passing him the ball “and he was hitting.”

Cichosz scored 44 points in the first half.

The public address announcer informed the crowd of the record when Cichosz reached 66 points in the third quarter. The old mark was 65 points set by Shane Lorash of Reedpoint and Wally Doney of Pine Hills, both in 1988.

“It just kinda hit me,” Cichosz said. “Everybody started cheering. It was a big moment for me.”

Cichosz sat out some of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter, playing in the final three minutes of the game when he scored his last basket.

Cichosz scored 31 points on Friday against Box Elder for a weekend total of 99 points.

Kayla Lambert of Brockton holds the girls' record after scoring 66 points in a game in 2000. She had a 65-point game in 1999.