Defense powers Bulldogs to victory in Dillon

Defense powers Bulldogs to victory in Dillon

DILLON — Butte High’s defense came through in the clutch Thursday night.

Butte High also got just enough offense to turn back defending Class A state champion Dillon 34-30 at the B.W. Lodge Gym.

“The kids’ effort defensively was tremendous,” Butte High coach Luke Powers said. “We made runs but also had some bad luck shooting at times throughout the night.”

Clay Ferguson continued his hot streak. The Butte High junior guard scored eight of his game-high 14 points in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs outscored Dillon 18-7 in that frame break a 12-all tie at halftime.

Kash Kelly scored all of his nine points in the second half. Butte High also got six points from Trevyn Roth, three from Kale McCarthy and two from Tommy Mellott.

Butte High held on for the win despite shooting 7 for 19 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs hit 4 of 11 free tosses in the fourth quarter.

“We showed our youth late at the free throw line, but still came up with some nice stops to finish the game,” Powers said.

Braden Anderson scored six points to pace the Beavers, who fell to 9-8. Coby King and Jace Fitzgerald each scored five.

Butte High (3-11) jumps back into Eastern AA play next Friday and Saturday when they play host to Billings West and Billings Senior at the Richardson Gym.

BUTTE HIGH (3-11) — Kash Kelly 2 3-4 9, Clay Ferguson 5 1-4 14, Kale McCarthy 0 3-8 3, Lathan Ricketts 0 0-0 0, Trevyn Roth 2 0-2 6, Tommy Mellott 1 0-1 2. Totals 10 7-19 34.
DILLON (9-8) — Coby King 2 0-0 5, Braden Anderson 2 1-2 6, Rakich 1 0-2 2, Jace Fitzgerald 1 2-2 5, Clay Allison 2 0-2 4, Jake Ferris 0 3-4 3, Justus Peterson 1 1-3 3, Covelli 0 0-0 0, Cole Truman 0 2-2 2. Totals 9 9-15 30.
Butte High                 8          4          18        4 — 34
Dillon                         10        2          7          11 — 30

3-point goals — Butte 7 (Ferguson 3, Kelly 2, Roth 2), Dillon 3 (King, Anderson, Fitzgerald). Fouls — Butte 16, Dillon 17. Fouled out — none.



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