Butte girls highlight Big Sky win

Imagine if they always played on the same team.

Players from Butte High and Butte Central combined to score 78 of the team’s 89 points as the Big Sky stars rolled to an 89-71 victory over the Treasure State stars in the Southwest Montana All-Star Classic.

The fifth annual event was played Tuesday night at the Montana Tech HPER Complex.

Butte High senior Natalee Faupel hit four 3-pointers and scored a team-leading 14 points to lead the Big Sky team. She was one of four Butte players in double figures.

Butte Central senior Danee Leary and Butte High junior Sammy McGree both poured in 13 points in the win. Butte High junior Hailey Hoagland netted 10 points.

The Bulldogs and Maroons took over the game in the second quarter.

Faupel hit a 3-pionter to spark a 15-4 run that gave the Big Sky squad the lead for good in the second frame. In all, Butte players scored 18 of Big Sky’s 22 points in the second quarter, giving the team a 42-35 halftime lead.

After a halftime show featuring the Dynamic Dance Team, Butte Central senior Brady Tippett won the boys’ 3-point contest at halftime. He edged Whitehall’s Bryce Murphy in the finals.

Leary hit back-to-back buckets — including a 3-pointer — to open the second half, and Big Sky never looked back. The team lead 69-57 after three quarters, and Big Sky killed any comeback hopes by score the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

Butte High got a layup from Hattie Thatcher, a 3-pointer from Faupel and a three-point play by Leary in that run.

Butte Central senior Alysea Pica scored eight points in the win, while BC seniors Mariah Cooney and Danika Neumann scored six. BC senior Hanna Stajcar scored five and Thatcher scored three.

Harrison’s Jaci Nesbit added six points in the victory. Also, Harrison’s Britt Cooper scored three and West Yellowstone’s Kelsey Young tossed in two.

Deer Lodge star Baylee Senecal, a junior, poured in 16 points to lead the Treasure State stars.

Anaconda’s Courtney Moodry and Sheridan’s Brooke Lueck each scored eight points for Treasure State. Deer Lodge’s Michelle Chrisnacht scored seven, fellow Warden Dani Walker scored six and Dillon players Cierra Lamey and Alex Rouse each scored five.

Also, Drummond’s Frankie Bignell and Anaconda’s Taylor Flynn scored four and Boulders T.J. Peterson scored two. Allison Griebenow of Twin Bridges also played for the Treasure State team.

TREASURE STATE — Taylor Flynn 1 2-3 4, Alex Rouse 2 0-0 5, Courtney Moodry 3 0-0 8, Broooke Lueck 2 2-2 8, Hannah Konen 2 2-2 6, T.J. Peterson 0 2-4 2, Michele Chrisnacht 2 1-2 7, Cierra Lamey 2 1-1 5, Frankie Bignell 2 0-0 4, Bayler Senecal 6 2-2 16, Allison Griebenow 0 0-0 0, Dani Walker 3 0-0 6. Totals 25 12-16 71.
BIG SKY — Natalee Faupel 5 0-0 14, Hattie Thatcher 1 1-2 3, Hailey Hoagland 4 0-0 10, Sammy McGree 6 0-0 13, Danee Leary 5 1-1 13, Mariah Cooney 3 0-2 6, Hannah Stajcar 2 0-1 5, Alysea Pica 4 0-0 8, Danika Neumann 2 1-2 6, Kelsey Young 1 0-0 2, Britt Cooper 1 1-2 3, Jaci Nesbit 3 0-0 6. Totals 37 4-10 89.
Treasure State           19   16   22   14 — 71
Big Sky                       20   22   27   20 — 89

3-point goals — Treasure State 9 (Moodry 2, Lueck 2, Senecal 2, Rouse), Big Sky 11 (Faupel 4, Hoagland 2, Leary 2, McGree, Stajcar, Neumann). Fouls — Treasure State 10, Big Sky 14. Fouled out — none.

Butte Central’s Danee Leary drives baseline against Anaconda’s Taylor Flynn.
Butte High’s Hailey Hoagland is accompanied by teammate Natalee Faupel as she dribbles the ball up court.
Alysea Pica of Butte Central drives for a bucket as Twin Bridges star Allison Griebenow looks on.