By Shelly Davis
STEVENSVILLE — The Butte Central Maroons put another ‘W’ on their season with a big win on the road against the Yellowjackets this afternoon in Stevensville. The BC squad did a much better job taking care of the ball than in their disappointing loss last night at Frenchtown.
The Maroons came out strong on the boards with their big men, Aaron Richards and twin towers Matt and Jared Simkins grabbing a ton of rebounds and turning them into fast breaks in the first half. Luke Heaphy was deadly at the basket in the first half as he was a threat from the three as well as the fast break scoring eleven in the first half. Additionally, the Maroons capitalized on the offensive boards scoring on multiple put-backs to open the lead. The Yellowjackets struggled to contain the multi-faceted Maroon offensive threats.
The Maroons’ tenacious defense was key in keeping the Yellowjackets to just 17 points in the first half which was led by standout Logan Roth who tallied nine first-half points that included five of six at the charity stripe.
The third quarter belonged to the Yellowjackets as Colby Meeds scored all of his six points in the quarter tempered by Maroon Dan McCloskey who netted five of his total ten points. The Yellowjackets outscored the Maroons by two cutting the lead 46-31.
The Maroons came back with a balanced attack as seven players scored in the fourth quarter led by Jared Simkins and Luke Heaphy with three points each. Stevi’s Logan Roth went off for seven points in the fourth on the way to finishing as the only Yellowjacket in double-digits with 20. His fourth quarter points were less than half of the damage he caused in their last meeting at the MAC on Dec. 16 when he drained five threes in the final frame of that game.
Eight Maroons contributed to the scoring led by Heaphy with 14, Jared Simkins canned 11 and McCloskey hit double digits with 10. The Maroons also picked up eight apiece from Matt Simkins and Cade Holter along with six from Aaron Richards, three from Dylan Sestrich and a bucket from Braden Harrington. Trevor Newmann also saw playing time.
Coach Brody Kelly thought his team played better but feels they have a lot of things to work on.
“Today’s game was better,” he said. “I feel we took a step back this week, and now we have to get back to where we need to be”.
The road trip continues for the Maroons as they head to Belgrade next Tuesday where the boys and girls take on a non-conference powerhouse in doubleheader action.
BUTTE CENTRAL (4-2, 9-2) — Luke Heaphy 5-10 0-0 12, Matt Simkins 3-8 2-3 8, Dan McCloskey 5-9 1-1 12, Cade Holter 4-6 0-1 8, Aaron Richards 2-3 2-2 6, Jared Simkins 3-10 5-10 11, Dylan Sestrich 1-4 0-0 3, Trevor Neumann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 10-17 62.
STEVENSVILLE (1-5, 1-11) — Colby Meeds 2-11 2-2 6, Logan Roth 5-17 9-13 20, Jacopo Carletto 2-3 1-1 5, Alex Gavlak 0-3 0-1 0, Devlin Sherman 4-6 0-0 8, Ivan Yazvack 0-1 0-0 0, Kaleb Behner 1-1 0-0 2,, Jaren Gum 1-3 0-0 2, Sean Craft 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-45 12-17 43.
Butte Central 14 20 12 16 — 62
Stevensville 8 9 14 12 — 43
3-point goals — BC 4-10 (Heaphy 2-5, Sestrich 1-3, McCloskey 1-1, Holter 0-1), Stevi 1-9 (Roth 1-6, Meeds 0-3, Gavlak 0-1). Fouls — BC 17, Stevi 18. Fouled out — M. Simkins.