By Bruce Sayler
The Butte Central alumni pulled even Thursday night. It was a clutch shot by Brynne Kambich in sudden-death overtime that gave the Maroons their win, 76-74, over the Butte High alums in the second Headframe Hoops Classic benefit game at the Maroon Activities Center.
Proceeds from the co-rec game, which drew a little more than 100 spectators, go to the Butte Rescue Mission and its homeless shelter project.
A buzzer shot at the end of regulation on a half-court pass from Brian Smith to his former Butte High varsity teammate Brock Powell sent the game into overtime tied at 74-all. Powell snared the pass while leaping toward the hoop to cage the oopish throw of significant distance.
So, the teams went to the overtime. First point would win.
Tom Boyle of Butte Central beat Powell to the tip on the center jump. The Maroons tried to find an open shot and a foul called against Butte High’s Lee Smith forced an inbounds play. Boyle snapped a pass to Kambich and the former Montana Tech Oredigger drained her shot from 16 feet. The game was over.
Kambich quickly left the scene, but her coach, Butte Central Junior High and Elementary School Principal Susie Hogart, told the plan.
“We put the right team together,” she said. “We went to man-to-man defense and Tom was the right guy to get the tip. But, Brady (Tippett) was supposed to get the ball. Brynne was our ace in the hole.”
Butte High defenders wanted to make sure Tippett, who sank five 3-point baskets on the way to 32 points, didn’t get the ball. The defense left other BC players open and the Bulldogs couldn’t reach Kambich fast enough to prevent her shot.
“I thought this was great,” Janice Downey, develop coordinator for the Butte Rescue Mission, said about the game. “Now, each team has won the trophy.”
Butte High won the traveling trophy last year.
Bigger winners were those needing the shelters being built with the money raised at the game to help with expenses.
Downey said two buildings have been placed on the acquired ground with much painting and cleaning work having been done. The late winter heavy snow this year has stalled the erection of a third structure. She said drilling for needed infrastructure at the site has been slowed by the granite under the surface.
However, Downey also said Butte has been supportive of the project and the support continues. Much of the money being raised for it, she said, is coming from matching grant programs.
Halftime saw grade schoolers compete in basketball dribbling relay races and donated prizes were awarded.
“I thought there was great enthusiasm with the teams tonight and the kids at halftime were great,” Downey said, adding that alumni team captains Hogart and Hattie Thatcher were responsible for putting the competitive teams together.
Butte Central held a 20-18 lead after one quarter following a 3-pointer by BC track coach Zack Stajcar at the horn. The Maroons netted five 3-pointers in the second period to grow their lead to 41-35 at halftime. Tippett and Kambich each buried a pair of treys in the stanza.
The BC alums scored the last eight points of the third frame to hold a 59-50 advantage going into the last quarter. Tippett scored six in the eight-point run.
Dan Boyle’s 3-pointer to start the last period widened the gap to 62-50 before Butte High rallied back. The Bulldogs outscored their rivals 16-2 in a four-minute burst as Thatcher and Krystin Mengon each knocked down a trey. An oop pass from Brian Smith to Powell was good for a bunny and a Butte High edge of 66-64 with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left to play in regulation.
The teams traded baskets to overtime.
Kambich also had five 3-pointers in the game and finished with 19 points to back Tippett in the BC scoring columns. Stajcar had eight points, Tom Boyle and Clay McQueary six each, Dan Boyle three and Pat Burt two. Father Kirby Longo, Nacyshla Mehring and Mary Kate Garcia also played.
Brian Smith led Butte High with 21 points, Thatcher scored 11, Powell 10, Micaul McClafferty nine, Mengon seven, Evan Anderson six, Maria Robinson and Ryson Lovshin five apiece, and Dani (Svejkovsky) Greer and Lee Smith also played.
Game officials were Mark Reilly, Sean Ryan and John Kinzle. 1 comment