Butte High girls turned back in Helena

HELENA — Jenna Starke scored 19 points to lead three Helena High players in double figures Tuesday night as the Bengals beat Butte High 72-52 in a non-conference girls’ basketball game.

Alyssa Ferguson scored 12 for the Bengals, while Callie Kanthack tossed in 10.

The loss spoiled the head coaching debut of Liza Dennehy and her new super-fast paced approach.

The Bulldogs accomplished a state goal of getting of 80 shots compared to Helena’s 47. Butte High only hit on 19 of those shots, though, shooting 24 percent. Helena High shot 40 percent from the field, hitting 29 of its shots.

Shanna Floerchinger added six points and 18 rebounds for the Bengals, who won the battle of the boards 51-26.

Sammy McGree scored 11 points to lead Butte High, which saw 11 players score.

Lexi Murphy tossed in seven points, while Bethany McLean and McKaul Ori scored six. Kassidy Caprara netted five and Maria Michelotti scored four points to go along with seven boards.

Also, Ashten McCloskey, Andie Hogan and Mariah Richardson scored three points apiece, and Amanda Cassagranda and Alli Metz tallied two.

Butte High is back in action Saturday in Belgrade.

BUTTE HIGH — Ashten McCloskey 1-6 1-2 3, Amanda Cassagranda 1-4 0-0 2, Mariah Richardson 1-3 1-2 3, Alli Metz 1-1 0-1 2, Bethany McLean 2-4 0-0 6, Sammy McGree 3-13 3-4 11, Lexi Murphy 3-10 0-1 7, McKaul Ori 2-9 0-0 6, Maria Michelotti 2-7 0-2 4, Kassidy Caprara 2-9 1-2 5, Andie Hogan 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 19-80 6-14 52
HELENA HIGH — Jessica Stockton 5-10 3-5 13, Jenna Starke 6-7 7-11 19, Paityn Floerchinger 1-3 0-2 2, Alexis Danz 4-7 0-1 8, Hailey Crawford 0-2 0-0 0, Callie Kanthack 4-4 2-4 10, Alyssa Ferguson 5-7 1-2 12, Shanna Floerchinger 3-6 0-2 6, Jessica Ellsworth 1-1 0-0 2; Totals 29-47 13-27 72.
Butte     15   13  16    8 52
Helena  18   22  11   21
72
3-point goals — Butte 8-38 (McLean 2-4, Ori 2-6, McGree 2-7), Helena 1-4. Rebounds — Butte 26 (Michelotti 7), Helena 51 (S. Floerchinger 18, Stockton 9, Starke 9). Assists — Butte 2, Helena 15 (Floerchinger 6, Stockton 3, Kanthack 3). Turnovers — Butte16, HHS 35. Fouls — Butte 23, Helena 19. Fouled out — McGree, Michelotti. Technicals — none.



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