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Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Bulldogs

Saturday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Bulldogs

Women’s college basketball
Rocky Mountain College at Montana Tech, 5:30 p.m.
The Orediggers (10-4, 0-3 conference) look for their first Frontier Conference victory of the season as the No. 22 Battlin’ Bears (11-5, 2-1) come to town.

Tech’s last action was last Saturday’s 65-49 loss at No. 8 Carroll College. Chelstina Faletio scored 10 points to pace the Orediggers in Helena. Hailey Crawford and Kaylee Zard each scored nine points, while Mesa Williams tossed in eight. Zard also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Rocky is coming off Thursday’s 58-50 home loss to No. 8 Carroll College. Alecia Chamberlin paced the Bears with 15 points. Brooke Jones scored 12 points in the loss.

The game is a homecoming for Rocky true freshman Kloie Thatcher, a 2018 Butte Central grad. Thatcher scored three points to go along with five assists and three blocked shots in the loss to Carroll.

Men’s college basketball
Rocky Mountain College a Montana Tech, 7:30 p.m.
The Oredigger men face a tough test in the nightcap. The Battlin’ Bears (11-4, 2-1) come to town two nights after Thursday’s 78-66 home win over No. 3 Carroll College.

Jared Samuelson tossed in 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Rocky, which received votes in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. Craig Wilmore scored 20 points.

Tech (11-4, 1-2) is playing for the first time since last Saturday’s 76-68 loss to Carroll in Helena. Taylor England’s 16 points and 12 rebounds led the Orediggers last time out. Nate Ward, Dylan Pannabecker each scored nine points, while Drew Huse scored eight.

Girls’ prep basketball
Great Falls Russell at Butte High, 2 p.m.

Revenge could be in the air as the Bulldogs (2-2) open Eastern AA play against the Rustlers in the matinee at the Richardson Gym.

CMR outscored Butte High 20-5 in fourth quarter to end the Bulldog season with a 45-41 win Saturday morning of the Eastern AA Divisional tournament last March at the Montana Tech HPER Complex.

The Rustlers are off to a slow start after, falling to 1-5 with Thursday’s 70-32 home loss to Helena High. Juniors Marley Calliham (5-foot-11) and Allie Olsen (6-3) lead the Rustlers into action. Calliham averages 11.6 points per game, while Olsen adds 10.6 points and 7.6 rebounds to the lineup.

Senior guard Ally Cleverly averages 14.0 points to lead the Bulldogs after tossing in 20 points in Butte High’s 53-29 Dec. 21 win over Kalispell Flathead at the Civic Center. Classmate Aspen Lovshin adds 9.7 points per game to Butte High’s balanced lineup. Senior Brittney Tierney averages 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds, and junior Haley Herron chips in with 5.2 points and 6.7 boards per game.

Boys’ prep basketball
Butte High at CMR, 2:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs hit the road looking to put a disappointing December behind them.

Butte High enters Eastern AA play at 1-3 overall after its Dec. 21 comeback fell short in a 55-51 home loss to Kalispell Flathead. Senior Clay Ferguson averages 13.0 points per game to lead the Bulldogs. Seniors Danny McCloskey and Trevyn Roth follow with 11.2 and 9.7 points per game.

The Rustlers (5-1) look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 50-38 defeat Thursday at Helena High. Bryce Depping, a 6-3 senior, averages 18.6 points per game to lead three Rustlers scoring in double figures. Keegan Barns, a 6-3 junior averages 15.7, while Caleb Curringtion, a 5-11 junior, scores 10.6.

Prep swimming
Butte High at Bozeman 5 B’z, noon

The Bulldogs jump back in the pool for the first time since the Dec. 15 Missoula Invitational. Butte High will be competing against host Bozeman and the three Class AA Billings Schools.

Butte High will h it the road for the I-15 meet next Saturday in Great Falls.



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