Friday’s Hot Ticket

Friday’s Hot Ticket

Women’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Providence 5:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (1-5, 11-7) will try to stop a three-game losing streak when they take on the first-place Argos at the McLaughlin Center for the second time in less than two weeks.

No. 14 Providence (6-1, 15-3) took advantage of an ice-cold Oredigger second half for a 71-61 win when the teams met Jan. 6 in Great Falls. Stephanie McDonagh scored 24 points to lead the Argos in that win 5-foot-9 guard is averaging a league-leading 18 points per game. The Argos have won five straight.

Shay Potter, a 6-2 sophomore post who has become a double-double machine in her second season with the Orediggers, leads the team with 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Sammy McGree scored 20 points against the Argos the first time around.

Prep girls’ basketball
Billings West at Butte High (Civic Center), 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (1-1, 4-3) look to build on last Thursday’s win over Butte Central when they take on the Golden Bears in an Eastern AA game at the Butte Civic Center. West took a 2-0 and 6-1 record into Thursday’s game against Billings Senior.

Juniors Shayla Montague (5-11) and Tylee Manuel (6-1) lead the Bears into town. Montague is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Manuel adds 11.7 points and 8.1 boards.

Sophomore Haley Herron is coming a career-high 23-point game against the Maroons. She now averages 7.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior Brittney Tierney is scoring 13.0 points per game, while classmate Ally Cleverly is tossing in 9.6 per game.

The Bulldogs play Billings Senior at 4 p.m. Saturday. That game is also at the Butte Civic Center.

Frenchtown at Butte Central, 7:15 p.m.
The Maroons (3-2, 7-3) play host to the Southwestern A game against the Broncs (2-3 4-6) at the Maroon Activities Center.

Alivia Williams scores 14.0 points per game to lead three Frenchtown players averaging in double figures. Kylie Wilett is scoring 10.8 points to go along with 9.9 boards per game, while Megan Delaney is scoring at a 10.1 clip.

Seniors Kloie Thatcher and Megan Michelotti are averaging in double digits to pace the maroons. Thatcher is averaging 14.4 points, while Michelotti is adding 10.8 points and 6.7 boards. Senior guard Tricia Joyce scored 12 to lead the Maroons in Saturday’s win at Corvallis.

BC plays host to Stevensville Saturday afternoon.

Prep boys’ basketball
Butte Central at Frenchtown, 7:15 p.m.

The Maroons (4-1, 9-1) look for their fifth straight win as they hit the road to take on the Broncs (3-2, 6-4).

Adam Botkin scores 10.1 points per game to lead the Broncs, who rolled to a 68-33 home win over Stevensville on Tuesday.

Junior Dan McCloskey is averaging 11.3 points per game to lead BC’s balanced attack. Sophomore Luke Heaphy adds 9.5 points to the lineup, while classmates Aaron Richards and Matt Simkins each score 7.4. Richards is also pulling down 8.0 rebounds per game.

The Maroons play at Stevensville Saturday afternoon.

Butte High at Billings West, 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs (0-2, 1-6) head to Billings looking to stop a five-game losing streak when they take on the Bears, who took a 1-1 and 4-3 record into Thursday’s game against Billings Senior.

Jesse Owens, a 5-9 junior, averages 17.4 points per game to lead three Bears scoring in double figures. Sophomore Cade Tyson averages 14.4 points, and senior Cole DeVries is scoring 11.1.

At 13.1 points per game, junior Clay Ferguson is the lone Butte High player averaging in double figures. Classmate Trevyn Roth is scoring 8.3 points per game. Ferguson (12 points) and Kale McCarthy (10) reached double figures in last week’s loss to Butte Central.

Prep wrestling
Butte Central at Class A Duals in Lewistown, 1 p.m.
The two-day tournament begins Friday afternoon. Saturday’s action kicks off at 9 a.m.

Clay Fisher placed fifth at 126 points to lead the Maroons at the Cowboy Invitational last weekend in Miles City. Roy Russell, Joey Mulcahy and Cale Stillwagon also wrestled for the Maroons.

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