Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Orediggers

Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Orediggers

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

The Richardson Gym will set the scene as the Bulldogs play their first home game in two weeks.

Hellgate comes to town at 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Western AA. Rollie Worster averages 20.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-3 Utah State commit scored 24 points in each of Hellgates last two games, wins over Kalispell Flathead and Kalispell Glacier. Abe Johnson, a 6-8 senior, adds 13.7 points and 8.1 boards to the Hellgate lineup.

Hellgate was the Class AA State runner up last year, falling 56-54 in an overtime thriller with Bozeman at the Butte Civic Center.

Jake Olson, a 6-8 senior, averages 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Bulldogs (3-6, 2-3). He has scored in double figures in seven of Butte High’s nine games. Junior Blake Drakos adds 8.3 points to the lineup, while seniors Andrew Booth and Tommy Mellott both average 6.6 points.

Mellott also averages 4.2 assists per game for the Bulldogs, who are still without injured junior Billy Kelly and his 11.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.

Prep girls’ basketball
Missoula Hellgate at Butte High (at Richardson Gym), 3:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (5-4, 2-3) will also face a great challenge as the girls wrap up the twin bill.

Hellgate, which saw its super-young team place third at the Class AA State tournament in Butte last March, enters at 7-1 and 3-1.

Sophomore Bailee Sayler averages 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to lead Hellgate’s balanced attack. Alex Covill adds 9.0 points and 5.7 boards for the Knights.

Junior MacKenzie Tutty is averaging 11.4 points per game to lead the Bulldogs. Senior Haley Herron contributes with 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Classmate Makenna Carpenter, who is one game removed from a career-high 20-point performance, averages 8.0 points and 5.6 boards. Senior Trisha Ericson is averaging 6.6 and 4.3.

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

The Oredigger women look to end their run of fourth quarter bad luck when they welcome the defending NAIA champion Bulldogs to the HPER Complex for the Frontier Conference battle.

Tech (11-8, 1-6) has lost six straight games. The last three of which saw the Oredigger leading in the fourth quarter at home. Western (11-7, 4-3) is looking to bounce back from Thursday’s loss at Lewis-Clark State.

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

The Oredigger (12-6, 4-3) look to stay hot when they take on the Bulldogs (9-9, 2-5) in the nightcap.

Tech’s 28-point win over Rocky Mountain College Thursday was the Orediggers’ most lopsided victory in league play in at least 16 years. The team has won eight out of nine.

The Bulldogs, who have recent wins over Rocky and at Carroll College, are hoping to bounce back from Thursday’s loss at Lewis-Clark State.

Prep wrestling
Class AA Duals in Great Falls, 10 a.m.

The Bulldogs hit the road for a busy day of dual action. This comes after Butte High used a lineup loaded with backups for a 52-18 win at Dillon.

Butte High expects to work on its depth on Saturday as well. The Bulldogs will host Bozeman for a Senior Night dual on Tuesday.

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