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Bulldog girls enact revenge, secure No. 2 seed

Bulldog girls enact revenge, secure No. 2 seed

BOZEMAN — Butte High’s girls’ basketball team came out firing Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Butte High beat Bozeman 48-36 in an Eastern AA game.

The win, which avenged last month’s overtime loss to the Hawks, secured the No. 2 seed for Butte High heading into next week’s Eastern AA Divisional tournament in Great Falls.

Seniors Aspen Lovshin, Ally Cleverly and Brittney Tierney each hit a pair of three points in the opening frame as the Bulldogs built a 22-14 lead. That lead was 26-18 after a low-scoring second quarter, and the Bulldogs slowly extended the lead in the second half to up their record to 13-4 overall and 9-2 in league play.

Lovshin scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the first half. Cleverly scored 14 points, and junior Haley Herron scored all of her seven points in the second half.

Tierney finished with six for Butte High, which also got two apiece from Makenna Carpenter and Justise Birkenbuel.

Ayla Embry scored nine to lead Bozeman (11-6, 8-3). Sophia Robinson tossed in seven, ava Westphal netted six.

Butte High will close out the regular season at home Friday night against Billings Senior. The Bulldogs will celebrate Senior Night at the Butte Civic Center.

BUTTE HIGH (13-4, 9-2) — Aspen Lovhin 5 4-6 17, Makenna Carpenter 1 0-1 2, Ally Cleverly 4 4-4 14, Haley Herron 3 1-1 7, Brittney Tierney 2 0-0 6, Justise Birkenbuel 1 0-0 2, Trisha Ericson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-12 48.
BOZEMAN (11-6, 8-3) — Ayla Embry 3 3-4 9, Sophia Robinson 2 3-4 7, Addi Ekstrom 2 0-0 4, Brooke Harlin 0 2-2 2, Ava Westphal  2 2-2 6, Lillian Gillstrom 2 0-0 4, Maya Priebe 1 0-0 2, Lucy Child 0 0-0 0, Macy Mayer 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 10-12 36.
Butte High                  22        4          11        11 — 48
Bozeman                    14        4          10          8 — 36

3-point goals — Butte 7 (Lovshin 3, Cleverly 2, Tierney 2), Bozeman 0. Fouls — Butte 14, Bozeman 11. Fouled out — none.



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