Maroons cruise past Blue Devils

Butte High always seems to bring out the best in the Butte Central Maroons.

In their nine years under head coach Brodie Kelly, the Maroons have taken off on a tear following a game against their cross-town rival, win or lose.

This year, the Maroons appear primed for a hot streak again.

Two days after beating the Bulldogs for the third straight year, BC clicked offensively in front of a ho-hum crowd Saturday afternoon at the Maroon Activities Center. The result was a 69-44 Southwestern A victory over Corvallis.

“After the Butte High game, we play with a lot of emotion,” said BC senior  Brady Tippett, one of four Maroons who scored in double figures. “I just think we’re practicing hard and getting better every day. That’s our main focus right now. We’ve got to keep getting better.”

Sophomore Marcus Ferriter, a 6-foot-3 sophomore post, scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Maroons, who won their third straight game.

“He rebounds hard, he defends well he’s a lot to handle down in the post,” Tippett said of his big teammate. “He has some good moves.”

Tippett scored 12 points, while Danny Peoples, who came off the bench, and Nate Bolstad each tossed in 11.

“Our offense was really good tonight,” Kelly said. “I was happy with shot selection; I was happy we got in the lane. In the first quarter, we were chucking a lot of threes. Then we started to get into the lane a little more with penetration by Brady and then Marcus got some touches.”

Ferriter turned a three-point play before Kale Guldseth sank a 3-pointer to give the Maroons the lead for good at 6-5.

Central led 15-12 after the first quarter, and the Maroons broke the game open by with eight straight points to open the second quarter. Back-to-back inside hoops by Ferriter capped that run.

BC led 31-20 halftime, and the Maroons closed the third quarter with another eight-point run.

Junior forward Chase Walker scored 12 points to lead a feisty Corvallis team that wouldn’t go away. Junior guard Alma Powell added 11.

“We still can play better,” Tippett said. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds on us, and our defense wasn’t that great. Our energy was low.”

The energy of the entire arena was low. The 50/50 winner only took home $10, and the TV showing the Broncos-Ravens game in the lobby took away some of the crowd focus.

“Tonight was kind of a lethargic defensive effort,” Kelly said. “It was kind of a quiet crowd. Defensively that kind of translated into more reacting than getting out and anticipating like we normally do.”

The BC offense, though, was easily enough to get the win, which lifted the Maroons to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in conference.

Guldseth tossed in seven points in the win, while Dalton Sessions scored six and Connor McGree and Emmett McCarthy each scored three.

Wyatt Kingston and Chad Peterson also played for the Maroons, who face two tough games next week.

The Maroons play host to Helena High in a non-conference game Thursday. Saturday, the Maroons will play host to Stevensville in a pivotal conference game.

The Bengals and Yellowjackets might be catching the Maroons at the worst possible time.

CORVALLIS (1-8, 0-4) — Alma Powell 4 2-2 11, Jayce Gilder 3 1-1 7, Chaney Waldo 1 5-5 7, Jasen Jessop 2 0-0 6, Chase Walker 5 1-1 12, Blake Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Brady Tuttle 0 0-0 0, Andrew Leopold 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-9 44.
BUTTE CENTRAL (7-3, 3-2) — Kale Guldseth 3 0-0 7, Connor McGree 1 1-1 3, Brady Tippett 6 0-0 12, Marcus Ferriter 7 2-3 16, Nate Bolstad 2 5-5 11, Danny Peoples 5 1-1 11, Emmett McCarthy 1 1-2 3, Dalton Sessions 2 2-2 6, Wyatt Kingston 0 0-0 0, Chad Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 12-16 69.
Corvallis         12     8   13   11 — 44
Central            15   16   16   22 — 69

3-point goals — Corvallis 5 (Jessop 2, Powell, Walker), BC 5 (Bolstad 2, Peoples 2, Guldseth). Fouls — Corvallis 13, BC 6. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.