Butte High girls start fast, cruise past Dillon

Butte High girls start fast, cruise past Dillon
Butte High's Brittney Tierney gets up a shot as Dillon's Emily Hansen defends Tuesday night at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

By Bruce Sayler

The consistency might not have been so smooth, but the result was a 62-35 Butte High baking of Dillon that the Bulldog fans found quite flavorful.

The non-conference high school girls’ basketball game was played Tuesday night in the Butte Civic Center and Class AA Butte High’s early, potent explosion was too much for the Class A Beavers to overcome.

The Bulldogs held rhythm in the early going while bolting out of the gate for a 26-7 command through one quarter and 40-12 cushion by halftime. Dillon rallied after intermission. The Bulldogs mixing personnel groups might have knocked then out of sync a little bit, but Dillon’s determination to make a game of it deserved some credit, too.

“We were as consistent as we wanted to be and had a great first quarter,” Butte High head coach Maury Cook said. “We waned a little from there. We need to be more consistent, but I’m really proud of the way we started.

“We almost got too unselfish in the second half we got out of rhythm. Dillon is a scrappy bunch and I thought they responded really well. They came out in the second half and shot the ball outrebounded us there.”

Aspen Lovshin led Butte High in scoring with 17 points and ignited the team victory with a 12-point first quarter that included a pair of 3-point baskets. Senior running mate Ally Cleverly contributed two more 3-pointers while scoring eight points for the quarter and 14 over the course of the game. She also dished six assists.

The Bulldogs were 11-for-17 from the field in the first quarter, 4-for-6 from 3-point land.

Dillon had held a 4-2 edge after a Jordyn McKay basket with 7 minutes, 11 seconds to go in the opening period.

Butte High then clicked off 12 straight points as Cleverly and Lovshin touched off the spree with 3-pointers. The Bulldogs owned a 14-4 command and built on the margin.

Treys by Lovshin and Cleverly closed the first frame and launched an 18-0 run that was capped by Justise Birkenbuel stretching twine on a 3-pointer. The Bulldogs caged seven 3-pointers in all.

The 40-12 halftime gap didn’t set well with Dillon. The Beavers began the second half with a McKay basket and two free throws from Josey Jones. They outscored Butte High 17-13 in the quarter, which, however, wasn’t enough to crash back into the contest. Both teams substituted liberally after intermission.

Cook acknowledged the subbing and mixing of personnel may have contributed to some of the rough patches of play for his team.

“We wanted to run that full-court pressure,” he said, “and we figured we get a lot of kids into the game.”

Butte High had three turnovers in the first half and nine for the game while forcing Dillon into 18, of which 14 were Butte High steals — seven by Brittney Tierney.

“I’ll take nine turnovers anytime,” Cook said, also liking that his players pressured the Beavers into twice as many.

Tierney’s thievery and Haley Herron’s hustle on the boards had much to do with creating chances for Butte High. The Bulldogs wound up 42-33 winners in the rebounds with Herron grabbing 11.

“We have to be willing to work that hard for four quarters,” Cook said, alluding to the smothering defense the Bulldogs applied in the first half.

Herron had 10 points to go with her 11 rebounds, and MaKenna Carpenter scored nine points, almost putting four Bulldogs in double figures. Tierney scored five points, Trisha Ericson four and Birkenbuel three. Grace McGrath, McCaul McCarthy and MacKenzie Tutty also played. The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 with the win and will return to Eastern AA Conference play this weekend with games at the Civic Center against Billings Skyview on Friday and Billings West on Saturday.

Dillon fell to 2-9 with the loss. Jones led the Beavers in scoring with 12 points, McKay notched seven, Ainsley Shipman six, Kylee Pittman five and Madelen Shipman three. Anne Larson, Madi Ruegsegger and Emily Hansen saw time, too. The Beavers will be home against Corvallis on Saturday in a Southwestern A Conference game.


DILLON (2-9) — Tylia DeJohn 0-4 2-2 2, Jordyn McKay 3-8 1-2 7, Josey Jones 4-10 4-5 12, Anne Larson 0-0 0-0 0, Kylee Pittman 1-3 3-4 5, Madi Ruegsegger 0-1 0-0 0, Madelen Shipman 1-5 0-0 3, Emily Hansen 0-1 0-0 0, Ainsley Shipman 2-7 1-2 6. Totals 11-39 11-15 35.

BUTTE HIGH (5-2) — Aspen Lovshin 7-14 0-0 17, MaKenna Carpenter 4-7 1-2 9, Ally Cleverly 5-15 2-2 14, Haley Herron 5-10 0-0 10, Brittney Tierney 2-9 0-0 5, Grace McGrath 0-2 0-0 0, Justise Birkenbuel 1-3 0-0 3, Trisha Ericson 2-2 0-2 4, McCaul McCarthy 0-1 0-2 0, MacKenzie Tutty 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-66 3-8 62.

Dillon 7 5 17 6 — 35

Butte High 26 14 13 9 — 62

3-point goals — Dillon 2-14 (DeJohn 0-2, McKay 0-2, Jones 0-1, Pittman 0-1 Ruegsegger 0-1, M. Shipman 1-3, A. Shipman 1-4), Butte 7-26 (Lovshin 3-9, Carpenter 0-1, Cleverly 2-9, Herron 0-1, Tierney 1-5, Birkenbuel 1-1). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Dillon 7, Butte 13. Technicals — none. Rebounds — Dillon 33 (Jones 7), Butte 42 (Herron 11). Blocks — Dillon 3 (Larson 2), Butte 4 (Carpenter 2). Assists — Dillon 9 (DeJohn 2, A. Shipman 2), Bute 20 (Cleverly 6, Tierney 4, Lovshin 3). Steals — Dillon 6 (Jones 2, Larson 2), Butte 14 (Tierney 7, Lovshin 3). Turnovers — Dillon 18, Butte 9.

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