A couple of weeks ago, Butte Central’s girls’ basketball team thought it might have lost Brooke Badovinac for the season with a knee injury.
On Saturday, the BC sophomore scored nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Maroons rolled their record to 3-0 with a 44-39 come-from-behind win over Corvallis at the Maroon Activities Center.
“She just gets better each week that she plays. She’s going to be fun to watch,” BC coach Meg Murphy said. “She had that bad knee, and we wondered that she might not play. Ever since she put that brace on, she’s just a different kid. She’s got so much confidence.”
That confidence led the way as BC outscored the Blue Devils 16-9 in the fourth quarter of the Southwestern A game.
“They didn’t give up,” Murphy said of her Maroons, who trailed 30-28 heading into the fourth quarter. “They battled, and their defense won the game.”
Badovinac, a player Murphy praises for her basketball smarts, comes off the bench for the Maroons. The coach pointed out that Avery Kelly also comes off the bench, demonstrating the team-first mentality of her squad.
While Kelly fell into foul trouble and did not dent the score book Saturday, Murphy had tons of praise for the senior.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Avery,” Murphy said. “She’s just a good player and she works hard.”
Maddie Kump and Sofee Thatcher also came up big for BC in their conference opener. Each scored nine points in the win. Thatcher’s nine all came in the first half.
Delaney Hasquet scored four points, while Amira Bolton, Ella Moodry and Taylor Harrington scored two apiece.
“Ella Moodry came in and did a good job,” Murphy said of the freshman. “Amira Bolton had one of her best games. Maddie Kump played extremely well. She got to the free throw line when we needed some points.”
Murphy pointed out that the Maroons, who went to a man defense in the fourth quarter, had a huge size advantage against the Blue Devils.
“Overall, I’m proud of them,” Murphy said. “This is the first game that they played that they didn’t lose their composure.”
Brooke Powell sank four 3-pointers and scored 12 points to lead the Blue Devils. Mari Gilder scored 11, and Savannah Jessop tossed in eight. Also, Haley Lords scored four, Kaitlyn Weldon tossed in three, and Keanna Chavez netted one.
The Maroons are back in action next weekend with a pair of conference games. They play at Frenchtown on Friday before hosting Stevensville on Saturday.
CORVALLIS — Savannah Jessop 3 2-4 8, Haley Lords 1 2-2 4, Mari Gilder 4 2-4 11, Booke Powell 4 0-2 12, Keanna Chavez 0 1-4 1, Kaitlyn Weldon 1 1-2 3, Tahnee Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-18 39.
BUTTE CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0) — Amira Bolton 1 0-0 2, Delaney Hasquet 1 2-2 2, Maddie Kump 3 3-6 9, Sofee Thatcher 3 1-2 9, Taylor Harrington 0 2-2 2, Brooke Badovinac 5 5-6 16, Avery Kelly 0 0-0 0, Ella Moodry 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 12-18 44.
Corvallis 7 13 10 9 — 39
Butte Central 9 14 4 16 — 44
3-point goals — Corvallis 5 (Powell 4, Gilder), BC 2 (Thatcher, Badovinac). Fouls — Corvallis 19, BC 18. Fouled out — Powell.