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BC girls fall to defending champs

Updated: December 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm
Butte Central's Ryan Trudnowski takes the ball to the hole as Laurel's Hailey Spitzer defends Saturday at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo) Butte Central's Ryan Trudnowski takes the ball to the hole as Laurel's Hailey Spitzer defends Saturday at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

It was one step forward and one step back for the Butte Central girls’ basketball team.

The Maroons improved tremendously on offense in their second game of the season. BC, though, struggled defensively in a 61-44 loss to defending Class A state champion Laurel Saturday afternoon at the Butte Civic Center.

“I’m disappointed in our defense,” Butte Central coach Meg Murphy said. “I thought our man was better than that, and our help side was not very good. Those are things we can fix. We’ll fix them fast.”

The young Maroons used 14 players, and nine scored points against the Locomotives, who lost almost every player from last year’s title team.

Sophomore Abbie Lohoff scored 17 points to lead the Locomotives, who improved to 2-0. Kenna Goettlich scored 11 points in the win, and Lexi Lewis tossed in 10.

Freshman Mollie Peoples came off the bench to score at team-leading 10 points for the Maroons. She hit two 3-pointers and scored eight of her points in the third quarter.

Senior Shelby Paffhausen and freshman Emily St. John both hit a pair of 3-ponters in an eight-point effort.

Sophomore Ryan Trudnowski started and scored five points, while Teressa Piazzola tossed in four, Chandra McCurdy and Sierra Pica scored three apiece, Taylor Wahl netted two and Kate Ossello tossed in one.

Rylee Green, Lacey McGree, Aiden Dennehy, McKenzie Gallagher and Courtney Thomas also played for the Maroons.

Murphy praised the play of her senior starters — Paffhausen and McCurdy.

“There was one point when we had three freshmen and two sophomores out there, and we hit some shots,” the coach said. “Our older kids did a good job. Chandra did a good job, and so did Shelby. It’s not easy for them because they don’t have a whole lot of experience, either.”

The Maroons jump back into action Thursday when they open Southwestern A play at home against Anaconda. The Maroons play at Stevensville on Friday.

Murphy said her team will be ready.

“We’ve got a lot of room for improvement. I told them if we can get better defensively, board the ball and limit them to one shot we’ll have a chance to win,” Murphy said. “We’re going to get better. I will assure you that.”

LAUREL (2-0) — Lexi Lewis 3 4-4 10, Allie McGrath 2 1-3 7, Dalayna Christenson 4 3-6 11, Hailey Spitzer 1 4-6 6, Abby Lohof 8 0-0 17, Paige Hodges 2 0-0 5, Madi Tucker 0 0-0 0, Taylor Ludwig 0 5-5 5, Kenna Goettlich 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 17-27 61.
BUTTE CENTRAL (0-2) — Chandra McCurdy 1 1-3 3, Teresa Piazzola 2 0-0 4, Shelby Paffhausen 2 2-2 8, Sierra Pica 0 3-6 3, Ryan Trudnowski 1 3-4 5, Rylee Green 0 0-0 0, Emily St. John 3 0-0 8, Mollie Peoples 3 2-2 10, Lacey Green 0 0-0 0, Lacy McGree 0 0-0 0, Kate Ossello 0 1-2 1, Aiden Dennehy 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Gallagher 0 0-0 0,  Taylor Wahl 0 0-0 0, Courtney Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-19 44.
Laurel             19   15   17   10 — 61
Central           10     9   14   11 — 44

3-point goals — Laurel 4 (McGrath 2, Hodges, Lohof), BC 6 (Paffhausen 2, St. John 2, Peoples 2). Fouls — Laurel 15, BC 17. Fouled out — Christenson. Technicals — none.

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