Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Diggers, Cobras

Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Diggers, Cobras

Prep boys’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Sentinel, 2 p.m.

The boys’ open the doubleheader as the Bulldogs (6-11, 5-8) close the regular season with revenge on their minds.

Sentinel (13-3, 9-3) beat the Bulldogs 74-40 Feb. 1 in Butte. Alex Germer, a 6-foot-8 junior, scored 22 points to lead the Spartans in that win. Tony Frolich-Fair, a 6-5 junior, tossed in 16 for Sentinel, which is coming off Thursday’s 60-41 loss to Missoula Hellgate.

Senior Tommy Mellott scored nine points to lead the Bulldogs in the first meeting. Junior Blake Drakos scored seven. The game is the first for the Bulldogs since last Saturday’s loss at Hellgate.

Butte High will return to Sentinel next week for the Western AA Divisional tournament.

Prep girls’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Sentinel, 3:30 p.m.

Game 2 features the Bulldogs (7-9, 4-8) looking to close the regular season on a high note against the Spartans (13-3, 9-3)

Sentinel won 54-45 when the teams play Feb. 1 at the Butte Civic Center. Montana State signee Lexi Deden, a 6-1 senior, scored 20 points to lead the Spartans in that win. Her cousin, 6-2 junior Challis Westwater, tossed in 16.

Makenna Carpenter’s 15 points led the Bulldogs in that game. Fellow senior Haley Herron scored seven.

The Spartans are coming off Thursday’s 63-44 loss to Missoula Hellgate. Butte High hasn’t played since falling to Hellgate last Saturday in Missoula.

Women’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Rocky Mountain, 5:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (14-15, 4-13) close the regular season in Billings against the Battlin’ Bears (18-10, 9-8). Rocky is looking to secure a home playoff game.

The Bears beat Tech 62-52 Jan. 9 in Billings and 63-52 Jan. 23 in Butte. Rocky is coming off Thursday’s 71-65 win over Lewis-Clark State in Billings.

Tech dropped a 68-62 heartbreaker to Montana Western Thursday in Dillon.

Men’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Rocky Mountain, 7:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (17-11, 9-8) look for their fourth straight win as they close the regular season against the Battlin’ Bears (6-20, 1-16).

Depending on what happens with MSU-Northern at Carroll College Friday night, Tech could also secure a home playoff game with a win.

The Orediggers, who won 75-59 Thursday at Montana Western, took the first two games of the season against Rocky. Tech won 80-72 Jan. 9 in Billings and 81-53 Jan. 23 in Butte.

Rocky has lost 15 straight games.

HA3HL Hockey
Great Falls at Butte, 7:05 p.m.

The Cobras close out the regular season with a free-admission game Saturday at the Butte Community Ice Center.

Butte plays at Helena on Friday night.



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