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Bulldog girls rope Rustlers, run winning streak to seven

Bulldog girls rope Rustlers, run winning streak to seven
Butte High senior Ally Cleverly takes the ball down court in Saturday's win over Billings West at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

GREAT FALLS — Butte High’s girls’ basketball team ran its winning streak to seven games Thursday night.

The first-place Bulldogs took a 30-18 halftime lead and held on for a 53-40 win over Great Falls Russell in an Eastern AA game at the CMR Fieldhouse. The win completed the regular-season sweep of the Rustlers.

Bulldog senior Ally Cleverly hit three 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs, who improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in conference. The game marked the third time Cleverly scored at least 20 points in a game this season.

Aspen Lovshin poured in 16 points in the win, while fellow Butte High senior Brittney Tierney scored 10. Butte High also got five from Justise Birkenbuel and one from Makenna Carpenter.

Haley Herron, Trisha Ericson, Grace McGrath and McCaul McCarthy also contributed in the Bulldog win.

Kieley Gunderson scored 14 and Larua Lindseth tossed in 10 to lead the Rustlers, who fell to 1-10 and 0-5.

Butte High will play host to Great Falls High Saturday afternoon at the Richardson Gym.

BUTTE HIGH (8-2, 5-0) — Aspen Lovshin 4 7-11 16, Makenna Carpenter 0 1-2 1, Ally Cleverly 6 6-6 21, Haley Herron 0 0-2 0, Brittney Tierney 3 2-2 10, Justise Birkenbuel 2 0-0 5, Trisha Ericson 0 0-0 0, Grace McGrath 0 0-0 0, McCaul McCarthy 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 16-23 53.
GREAT FALLS RUSSELL (1-10, 0-5) — Laura Lindseth 5 0-2 10, Emily Funseth 1 0-0 2, Allie Olson 2 0-0 3, Kiely Gunderson 4 4-5 14, Marley Calliaham 2 1-2 5, Breanna Johns 1 1-1 3, Chloe Pace 0 0-0 0.J.J. Slater 0 0-2 0, Alex Madsen 1 0-0 2, Payon Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-12 40.
Butte High                              15        15        18        5 — 53
Great Falls Russell                8          10        14        8 — 40

3-point goal — Butte 7 (Cleverly 3, Tierney 2, Lovshin, Birkenbuel), CMR 2 (Gunderson). Fouls — Butte 15, CMR 15. Fouled out — none.



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