Dogs spear Braves behind Grahams 25 point night

The Butte High Bulldogs welcomed the Flathead Braves to town in a makeup up game in Western AA conference play.

Flathead began the scoring as they sunk their first triple of the night and would lead 3-0. Butte had 3 turnovers early on but eventually got the scoring going after Flathead started 5-1.

Freshmen Cadence Graham would open the scoring from the field as she canned a pro 3 pointer to cut the Flathead lead to 1. Off a great rebound Graham found a sprinting Dylann Bartoletti down court and she would lay one in for 2.

Brityn Stewart would get a steal on the Braves next possession leading to another Bulldog fast break opportunity as Stewart euro stepped through the key for 2 more Bulldog points and they would lead 8-5 with 3:19 to go.

Butte went full court press and would create a 10 second violation and force a Flathead turnover.  Brit Stewart would find her way inside the paint off a beautiful cross over and hit a jumper for 2.

The Bulldog pressure after committing 3 turnovers themselves early, forced a travel violation which would then lead to another Cadence Graham triple from the right wing and the Dogs would take a 13-5 lead forcing a Flathead timeout.

Graham would notch 10 first quarter points as the Dogs scored 15 unanswered before Flathead would stop the bleeding with a lay in on the other end.
After a slow start Butte would end the opening period on a 19-1 run and lead 19-7.

After knocking down a couple of free throws at the line Taylor Drakos was left wide open on the wing for 3 and hit Flathead with the hand down man down triple as she made them pay for leaving her alone, 23-11 Butte High with 6:25 to play in the first half.

Sophomore Emma Johnson was fouled on the Dogs next possession and completed the And 1 pushing the Bulldog lead to double digits.

The Braves wouldn’t go away though as they kept chipping away after a nice inbound and quick bucket for 2 to cut the Dogs lead to 8 with 5 to play leading to a Bulldog timeout, 26-18 Butte.

Flathead continued to use their size to chip away at the lead as they played a high low game cutting the lead to 26-20 with just over 4 to play in the half.

Cadence Graham would get going again off a nice scoop and drive for two more Bulldog points and push the lead back to 10 with 2:20 to play.

Flatheads Kennedy Moore would answer back with a deuce of her own and the Braves would knock 1 of two free throws down to cut it to 7 with just over a  minute to play.

Cadence Graham would score two more of her 14 first half points to give the Dogs a 12 point lead at the half 35-23.

Flathead opened the second half up with a quick 2 but Butte High was able to keep them at bay the rest of the way.

Cadence Graham continued her onslaught in the second half as she continued to torch Flathead left and right as she found her way to a game high 25 points to lead the Bulldogs back to the win column in an ever so important conference tilt. Butte gets the win 57-51 moving to (2-2), (5-3) overall.

Cadence Graham had 25 points, Brit Stewart had 11, Ashlinn Mullaney, Taylor Drakos , and Emma Johnson all had 5 apiece, while Dylann Bartoletti and Cathrine Sholey each had 3.

Kennedy Moore led the way for Flathead with 20 points. Butte high will welcome Helena Capital to town on Thursday.