By: Logan Parvinen
The red-hot Butte Central Maroons continued to sizzle as they played host to the Polson Pirates. The undefeated Maroons made short work of the outmatched Polson team, opening the game with a 19-2 run to start the contest. Butte Central stood tall when the dust settled in a 74-44 victory.
The first points came from a steal and score from Polson Senior Brock Hendrickson. After that, however, Maroon junior guard Owen McPartland tapped into his inner Steph Curry and sunk three straight three-pointers to give the Maroons the lead. BC didn’t stop there. The Maroons scored ten more points to make it 19-2 before Polson could score their next bucket. Owen scored 13 of Butte Central’s 23 opening-period points and held Polson to eight with defensive help from freshman Joshua Sutton and seniors Jack Keeley and Zane Moodry.
The second period saw the Maroons test their free-throw abilities. Half of Butte Central’s points scored in the second period came from the free-throw line. Polson found a little spark with a 7-0 run midway through the second period.
With the Maroons leading 39-19 coming out at half-time, it was business as usual. The defense created more turnovers and continued dominating within and beyond the arc. At the end of the third period, the score sat at 58-30.
The fourth period saw time from young first-year students like freshman Parker Robertson, who scored three points, and GG Fantini, who dropped a few free throws. The Maroons’ man of the hour was Owen McPartland, who scored a season-high 30 points. Polson’s leading scorer was senior Jesse Vail, who dropped 14 points. Polson’s man of the hour was senior Kyler Gage, who saw action in the ticking seconds of the game and dropped the final bucket to finish the game. Seeing Kyler score a basket was a joyous moment for both teams.
Even though we are still early in the season, it’s safe to say the Maroons have not lost a step since last year’s 3rd-place state finish. Despite the departure of Gatorade player of the year, Dougie Peoples, this group is geared and ready for the season, especially against a solid southwest division.
The Maroons travel north to face off against the 2-2 Chiefs of Ronan on Tuesday, December 19th. After Ronan, the Butte City Championship tips off on December 22nd.