Friday’s Hot Ticket

Friday’s Hot Ticket

Prep boys’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Hellgate, 7:15 p.m.

The Bulldogs (6-4) hit the road looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Knights (8-2).

Hellgate beat Butte High 66-65 on a Beckett Arthur 3-pointer at the end of overtime Jan. 22 in Butte. Senior Josh Wade and junior Cayvey LaRance each scored 22 points to lead the Knights in that game.

Including that win at the Butte Civic Center, Hellgate has won six of its last seven games. The Knights’ only losses are at Flathead and unbeaten Missoula Sentinel.

Jake Olson, who scored 21 in Saturday’s overtime win over Helena High, scored 14 to lead the Bulldogs that night. Cael Stenson tossed in 13.

Butte High is riding its first three-game winnings streak in nine years to Missoula.

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Hamilton at Butte Central, 6:30 p.m.
Butte Central (8-5, 4-4) takes a four-game winning streak into a crucial final weekend of Southwestern A play.

The Maroons, who travel to Frenchtown on Saturday, are still in contention for the No. 2 seed in the conference and an automatic berth in next week’s Western A Divisional tournament in Butte.

Central beat Hamilton 60-54 in a wild overtime game Jan. 30 in Hamilton. Dougie Peoples scored 16 points to lead four Maroons in double figures scoring in that game. Bryson Sestrich tossed in 12 points, while Bryan Holland scored 11 and Kyle Holter netted 10.

Austin Drake’s 15 points paced Hamilton. Liam O’Connell, Eli Taylor and Tyler Burrows all tossed in 10. The game is the regular-season finale for the Broncs (7-7, 4-5).

Prep girls’ basketball
Missoula Hellgate at Butte High, 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs (3-8) will play their final home game of the season when they host the Knights (9-1) at the Richardson Gym.

Hellgate is coming of its first loss of the season, a 44-30 set back Tuesday at Helena Capital.

Alex Covill scored 14 points, and Lauren Dick tossed in 11 Jan. 22 as the Knights routed Butte High 51-26 in Missoula. Tylar Clary scored eight points and Emmarie Richards netted six to lead Butte High in that game.

The Bulldogs have won two of their last three, including Saturday’s 48-35 beating of Kalispell Flathead. MacKenzie Tutty scored 15 and Kodie Hoagland added 14 to lead the Bulldogs in the win.

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Butte Central at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m.
The Maroons (10-3, 6-2) look to stop a two-game sked as they hit the road to start the key Southwestern A weekend.

Central can wrap up the regular-season title with a win Friday or victory at home Saturday against Frenchtown. The Maroons beat Hamilton 38-31 in a rough-and-tumble game Jan. 30 at the Maroon Activities Center. Sofee Thatcher poured in 15 points to lead BC in that win. Brooke Badovinac scored 19.

Layne Kearns scored 13 points to lead the Broncs (9-5, 5-4), who are coming off Tuesday’s 40-37 win at Frenchtown. The Broncs have won three of their last four.

Prep wrestling
Missoula Big Sky at Butte High, 6 p.m.

The No. 5 Bulldogs close out the regular season with a pair of duals this weekend at the Civic Center, starting with Friday’s battle with the Eagles.

The dual was moved up an hour because Big Sky cannot wrestle junior varsity.

Butte High will take on Missoula Sentinel Saturday. The next action for the Bulldogs will be at the March 5-6 Class AA State tournament in Kalispell.

College volleyball
Montana Western at Montana Tech, 7 p.m.

The Orediggers (2-4) are back at home to start a two-game weekend set with the Bulldogs (1-5) in Frontier Conference matches at the HPER Complex.

Tech is coming off last week’s losses to the University of Providence in Great Falls. Two weeks ago, the Orediggers swept a home weekend against MSU-Northern. Western’s lone win came in the opening weekend at MSU-Northern.

The teams will play again at 1 p.m. Saturday.

NA3HL hockey
Butte at Great Falls, 7:30 p.m.

The Cobras play two Frontier Division road games this weekend, starting with Friday’s battle with the third-place Americans.

Butte enters the weekend at 6-22-3. Great Falls is 19-11-1 and just behind the 19-10-2 Missoula Junior Bruins. The Cobras play at 13-16-1 Helena at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

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