MISSOULA, Mont. -

Last week in their playoff game against Helena High, the Big Sky girls erased a 14-point deficit to come back and beat the Bengals and earn a spot at the state tournament.

"Their dedication and determination at that point and desire to get to Billings really showed throughout that Helena game,” said first year Eagles head coach Damian Droessler.  “That was one of the best high school girls’ basketball games that I’ve ever been a part of."

"It was a great feeling,” said senior guard Dani Baker about the comeback win.  “Especially because it's my senior year so all I’ve wanted this whole year is to make it to state."

After a tough start to the year the Big Sky girls ended their season winning nine out of their last twelve games and leaving everything on the court in order to make it Billings this week.

"There are a few more bruises on their knees now,” smiled coach Droessler about his team’s effort.  “There's a few more floor burns on their arms from getting after it."

"We've been talking about it a lot the last two weeks, how much we want it and we knew we were going to go get it," added Baker.

"It's going to be a lot of fun going back to the state tournament for my senior year,” said senior player Sidney Davis. “Especially because we've worked so hard to get to this point.”

The Eagles know they have a tough task taking on #1 seed Billings West in the first round of play on Thursday, but when these two teams met in Billings for the first game of the regular season Big Sky took it all the way down to the wire before losing to West by four points.

"We're pretty confident going into the game,” said Davis.  “It's going to be a good game that's for sure."

"I know they've gotten better but so have we," added Baker.

"We want to go over there and compete and show that we belong at that state tournament," concluded coach Droessler.

Big Sky’s first game against Billings West is set to tip off at 5:00 Thursday evening at the Metra in Billings.