Maroons roll ‘Heads in conference opener

The Maroons wasted little time Thursday night at the Maroon Activities Center.

Kale Guldseth, Nate Bolstad, Danny Peoples and Dylan Goodell each hit a 3-pointer as the Butte Central boys’ basketball team opened hot and stayed hot against Anaconda in a Southwestern A game.

The result was a 73-41 victory in the game that was the conference opener for both teams.

Bolstad, a future Montana Tech Oredigger, scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lead the Maroons, who rolled to a 3-0 record leading up to Friday’s home showdown with defending Class A state champion Stevensville.

“He’s just so smooth,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said of Bolstad, who hit three 3-pointers to go along with four hoops in the paint. “He just makes it look so easy.”

Marcus Ferriter added 16 points in the paint for the Maroons, whose offense clicked from beginning to end.

“Hitting those first four threes right away was a big deal confidence wise,” Kelly said. “They were stretched with their defense, then Satch (Ferriter), Nate and Dylan did a good job inside.”

Guldseth, also a future Oredigger, scored 10 points in the win. Goodell scored nine, while Dalton Sessions chipped in with six and Peoples and Cal Hollow each scored four.

Connor McGree, Cole Harper and Junlin Liu also contributed for the Maroons, who led 22-14 after one quarter and 38-26 at halftime.

The Maroons really took off after halftime, and Kelly credited the team’s defense for the surge as BC outscored Anaconda 35-15 after the break.

“We just made our defense be our offense,” Bolstad said. “We’d stop them and we’d score.”

Bolstad said there was nothing tricky about what the Maroons did. They just played better.

“We don’t really have a lot of strategy for defense,” he said. “We guard everyone the same way. We just go out there and tough it up.”

Kelly said the team didn’t make any adjustments at halftime.

“In the first half we weren’t very disruptive defensively, and I thought they (Anaconda) executed well,” he said. “In the second half we caused them a lot more problems being active off the basketball.

“They’re a solid team,” Kelly added of Anaconda. “In that first half, they made some shots with a hand in their face. In the second half, we took away some of their options and got some deflected balls. That kind of got some momentum for us.”

Caleb Stetzner scored 11 points to lead the Copperheads, who fell to 1-2 overall. Dennis Stanberry scored 10 points, while Brandon Fode scored seven.

The Maroons close out their pre-Christmas schedule Friday when the 3-0 Yellowjackets come to town. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at the MAC.

“It will be a tough game,” Bolstad said, “but we’ll be ready.”

ANACONDA (1-2, 0-1) — Caleb Stetzner 3 4-4 11, Dennis Stanberry 4 0-0 10, Cory Stanberry 1 2-2 4, Jackson Wagner 0 0-0 0, Brandon Fode 3 0-0 7, Drew Conrady 1 0-0 2, Ethan Blume 2 0-0 4, Bobby Duhae 0 0-0 0, Sean Gallagher 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 7-7 41.
BUTTE CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0) —Kale Guldseth 4 0-0 10, Danny Peoples 2 0-0 4, Dylan Goodell 4 0-0 9, Marcus Ferriter 7 2-3 16, Nate Bolstad 7 3-4 20, Cal Hollow 1 2-5 4, Connor McGree 0 0-0 0, Chad Peterson 1 0-0 3, Dalton Sessions 2 2-2 6, Junlin Liu 0 0-0 0, Cole Harper 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-14 73.
Anaconda       14   12    6     9 — 41
Central           22   16   19   16 — 73

3-point goals — Anaconda 4 (Stanberry 2, Stetzner, Fode), BC 8 (Bolstad 3, Guldseth 2, Peoples, Peterson,Goodell).  Fouls — Anaconda 14, BC 8. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.


BC’s Nate Bolstad gets a rebound between Anaconda’s Cory Stanberry (12) and Brandon Fode (42).

BC’s Dalton Sessions takes the ball to the hole.

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