Maroons win one, lose one at district tournament

Maroons win one, lose one at district tournament

DILLON — Butte Central won a match and lost a match Friday to open the Southwestern A District Tournament at the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium.

The Maroons took down Frenchtown 3-0 in the opener. They then fell 3-1 to Stevensville in the semifinals.

BC plays a loser-out match against Hamilton at noon Saturday. The winner of that match will play for third place at 4 p.m. Saturday. The victor also punches a ticket to the Western A Divisional Tournament next week in Whitefish.

The Maroons, who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, knocked off Frenchtown 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 in the opener.

Avery Kelly and Marissa Anderson led the attack for the Maroons with seven kills apiece. Allyson Mueller killed six.

Cassidy Strizic and Emma Keeley led the backcourt defense with 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Sophia Burton dug eight. Keeley also dished out 23 assists in the win. Mueller served three aces, while Kelly and Strizic served two.

No. 2-seeded Stevensville topped BC 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11 in the semifinal matchup.

Mueller and Anderson each spiked five kills, while Strizic smacked four. Burton collected 22 digs. She was joined in double figures in that category by Keeley (14) and Strizic (10).

Burton served three aces, and Keeley dished out 21 assists.

“We had a great game against Frenchtown this evening,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “We had some great defense by libero Sophia Burton, and offensively Marissa Anderson and Avery Kelly really stepped up.”

The coach said her team will be ready for the matchup with Hamilton.

“These girls got what it takes,” Hancock said. “We just need to get it done.”

Butte Central def. Frenchtown 25-18, 25-22, 25-23
— Kills 25 (Marissa Anderson 7, Avery Kelly 7, Allyson Mueller 6, Cassidy Strizic 3, Amira Bolton 2). Assists 23 (Emma Keeley 23). Blocks 4 (Mueller 2.5, Anderson 1, Kelly .5). Aces 9 (Mueller 3, Kelly 2, Strizic 2, Keeley 1, Anderson 1). Digs 46 (Strizic 12, Keeley 11, Sophia Burton 8, Kelly 5, Mueller 4, Anderson 4, Sophie Sullivan 1, Bolton 1).

Stevensville def. Butte Central 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11
— Kills 24 (Anderson 5, Mueller 5, Strizic 4, Kelly 3, Keeley 3, Bolton 2, Burton 2). Assists 24 (Keeley 21, Kelly 2, Strizic 1). Blocks 4 (Mueller 1.5, Keeley 1.5,  Bolton 1). Aces 4 (Burton 3, Anderson 1). Digs 63 (Burton 22, Keeley 14, Strizic 10, Anderson 8, Kelly 6, Sullivan 2, Mueller 1).

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