By: Logan Parvinen
While a team in Maroon was having their big day in Missoula, another Maroon team was seeking their first victory on Saturday as the Butte Central Lady Maroons hosted the Polson Pirates.
Free throws were the game’s main story for the Lady Maroons and the Pirates of Polson. The Lady Maroons of Butte Central went 11/23 on the free throw line, whereas Polson shot 26/37. The Lady Maroons were able to keep the scoring margin within the single digits but could not finish on top in a 52-46 loss.
The now 0-5 Lady Maroons gave the now 2-2 Polson Lady Pirates a run for their money after starting with a 12-10 lead to finish the first period of play. Senior Guard Kathryn Lalicker scored seven of her 14 total points in the first period of play.
The stingy Polson defense disrupted the momentum of play for the Lady Maroons in the second period. Inbounding turnovers were vital for Polson’s second-period run, as they held the Lady Maroons to nine second-period points. Polson scored 16 points in the second period, with eight coming off the free-throw line. Still, both teams kept it close at halftime, with the score 36-33 in favor of Polson.
The third period saw little offensive action as both teams stepped up defensively. The third period saw eight points scored by Polson and seven by the Lady Maroons.
The fourth period began with Polson leading 34-28. Butte Central kept it within a one-score game for most of the fourth period. Polson Sophomore Natalie Adams came in clutch as she scored nine of her team-leading 16 points in the fourth quarter and shut the door on the Lady Maroons’ chances of a victory. Butte Central 8th Grader Kenzie McQueary also found a groove by scoring six of her 14 points in the fourth period, tying Lalicker for the team-high in points.
The Butte Central Lady Maroons will be in action again on Tuesday, December 19th, as they host Ronan High School in their final game of 2023.