Lady Maroons show resilience in loss to Lady Copperheads

Lady Maroons show resilience in loss to Lady Copperheads
Brooke Badovinac drives the lane Thursday night at the MAC (Photo by Kaleigh Robbins, Butte Sports)


By: Logan Parvinen

Butte Central Lady Maroons 42, Anaconda Lady Copperheads 49

Resilience is the keyword that describes the Butte Central Lady Maroons battle on Thursday night. A tough, hard-nosed basketball game that was fought until the end with neither team giving up until the final buzzer.

The 7-1 Lady Copperheads of Anaconda traveled a marathon-like distance to Butte for some Thursday night MACtion. The Smelter City hometown of my lovely mother prevailed over the Copper City with a 49-42 victory.

The Lady Maroons had a quiet first quarter only scoring six points to open the game. It seemed like the Lady Maroons were still devising a plan of attack and figuring out Anaconda’s overall scheme. The offensive scheme being used by Anaconda was to give Maniyah Lunceford space to shoot the ball. The scheme worked wonders as the 5’11” junior scored eight of the Lady Copperheads 13 opening quarter points

The second quarter, however, was Brooke Badonivac’s show. Brooke scored thirteen of the Lady Maroons fifteen points in the second quarter. Mollie Drew scored a quick two-point bucket to open the quarter, but it was all Brooke after that. Brooke had help on the defensive side of the ball from birthday girl Ali Stajcar. Her stout defense interrupted passing lanes and disrupted Anaconda’s ability to drive in the paint. The first half ended with Anaconda holding on to a 24-21 lead.

Anaconda was without their star player, Makena Patrick, who suffered a season-ending knee injury roughly two weeks ago. This injury left the Copperheads grasping for a new plan of attack. Makena’s loss meant it was time for players to step up and lead the senior-less Lady Copperheads to a potential playoff berth. Anaconda is currently ranked 8th in Class-B.

The third quarter was a perfect opportunity for Brooke to find a co-host for her show. Who better than Mollie Drew. With Brooke being double-teamed for most of the third quarter, that meant it was time for Mollie Drew to step up and show why she is a force to be reckoned with in the key. The Lady Maroons scored sixteen points in the third quarter. Brooke and Mollie split the sixteen points with 8 each. The third quarter ended with both teams tied at 37-37.

In the fourth quarter, The Lady Copperheads found a way to slow down the red-hot Lady Maroons. The Lady Copperheads shifted their defense to take away shots from inside the key and post. This forced the Lady Maroons to attack from the outside.

While the Copperheads defense stepped up, so did the offensive effort of junior Maniyah Lunceford. Lunceford had her own show in the fourth quarter where she scored ten of the Anaconda’s twelve fourth quarter points. Butte Central’s Maycee Anderson drained a clutch three-pointer to make it a four-point Anaconda lead with 2:17 left in the game. However, the shifty Lady Copperheads were able to hold off the Lady Maroons and bring their record to 8-1.

The Lady Maroons saw just four players in the scoring column. Brooke Badonivac led the way with 24 points. Mollie Drew scored 14 points, all of which were under the basket. Maycee Anderson was a perfect 1 for 1 shooting as she finished with 3 points. Freshman Arika Stajcar notched a free-throw on the evening to complete the scoring list.

Anaconda was led by Maniya Lunceford who finished with 24 points. Her sister, Hayden Lunceford, finished with 2 points. Sophomore Meela Mitchell finished with 12 points to go along with her exceptional defense. Junior Larkin Galle finished with 7 points. Rounding off the scoring for the Lady Copperheads was the play caller Cali Pesanti, who finished with 4 points.

The Lady Maroons play host to the Stevensville Lady Yellowjackets (3-5) on Saturday Jan. 14th at 4:00pm at the Maroon Activity Center.

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