By John Robbins
The Butte Central Lady Maroons hosted the Corvalis Blue Devils Tuesday night at the MAC in Butte. They played a much better game tonight showing endless amounts of fight.
The Maroons saw great performances from Brooke Badovinac, Erika Stajcar, and Mollie Drew as they led their team gracefully tonight. Both teams came out trading baskets and were tied 8-8 with 1:34 in the first, Central would make their way to the foul line as Stacjar hit a free throw and the Maroons would lead 11-8 after one.
The Lady Maroons would struggle in the 2nd quarter, the Blue Devils came out and were fouled on their first two possessions and knocked down 3 free throws to take the lead to 13-11. The Maroons scored just 4 points in the second quarter allowing Corvallis to build their lead to 7 at the half leading 22-15.
Mollie Drew came out and played hard to start the 3rd rebounding and playing bully ball down low. Each time the Maroons would get close the Blue Devils answered, the Maroons cooled off late in the 3rd only scoring 7 points for the quarter and the advantage was 29-22 after 3 quarters of play, Blue Devils.
The Lady Maroons came out on a 7-0 scoring spurt to begin the 4th cutting the lead to just two. Brooke Badovinac would hit two clutch 3-point plays and complete them both, she was as cool as the flipside of a pillow during crunch time tonight.
Butte Central would get fouled late with a chance to tie the game at 35 apiece, instead they knocked down 1 of 2 at the line with just under a minute left, 35-34 Blue Devils, Corvalis hit a bucket down low with 8 seconds remaining, 37-34 Corvalis, Butte Central would get one last heave at it after a clock issue gave the Maroons the ball back with just 2 seconds left but were unable to get a quality shot off in time.
Lady Maroons fall 37-34 in a heartbreaker. Brooke Badovinac led the way scoring for the Maroons with 13 points, Arika Stajcar was next up with 10, Mollie Drew had 6, Ali Stajcar had 4, and Maycee Anderson had 1.
After the game I asked Coach Carter what she thought her team has most improved on, compared to their 3 previous games she had this to say, “Tonight Arika had her best game. She continues to get more aggressive offensively each day. Tonight, I saw some big positives and I couldn’t be prouder of our effort. The girls are working hard, were excited for Christmas break to get some time on the practice floor and iron some things out.”
Tonight, will wrap up hoops for the Lady Maroons until January 5th when they take on Park at the Mac Center.