Slow start sinks BC girls in loss to Frenchtown

Slow start sinks BC girls in loss to Frenchtown
Butte Central's Brooke Badovinac and Franchtown's Cassidy Bagnell chase down a loose ball Saturday at the Maroon Activities Center. (Bill Foley photo)

By Bill Foley

Butte Central’s girls’ basketball team finished Saturday’s Southwestern A game with Frenchtown with a ton of fight.

Unfortunately for the Maroons, they just took too long to get going.

Frenchtown scored the first 10 points of the game, and the Broncs held off the Maroons for a 54-39 victory at the Maroon Activities Center.

The Broncs led 21-5 before the Maroons got their footing. From there, BC held its ground despite suffering a loss that drops their record to 1-12 overall and 0-7 in league play.

“They’re getting better each week,” BC coach Meg Murphy said. “They’re giving me everything they have, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Delaney Hasquet scoured 11 of her team-leading 15 points in the first half as BC rebounded. Still, the Broncs took a 33-16 lead into halftime.

“Foul trouble took us out of anything we could do in the first half,” Murphy said after drew 21 fouls on the game, compared to Frenchtown’s 14. “It makes a big difference.”

The Broncs had no problems scoring from the start.

Claire Bagnell hit three 3-pointers and tossed in 17 points to lead three Broncs in double figures. Faith Rebich scored 13, and Kiya Shelton netted 11.

Frenchtown also got six points from Cassidy Bagnell, three from Lauren Demmons and two apiece from Hope Rebich and Shelby Smith.

“They’re a nice team. They play hard and do a lot of good things,” Murphy said of the Broncs. “They’ve got some kids who can score. They’re quick.”

Sofee Thatcher scored six of her seven points in the fourth quarter as the Maroons battled until the very end. Emma Keeley sank a pair of 3-pointers to join Brooke Badovinac with six points.

Avery Kelly netted five points for BC, who also saw Maddie Kump, Taylor Harrington, Brenna Foley and Hattie Mehring contribute.

Kump played despite a nasty shiner that was the result of a violent collision with a Stevensville player less than 24 hours earlier.

Murphy said Kump was not 100 percent in the game. That is a loss for a BC team still playing without injured Amira Bolton.

The Maroons head to Anaconda Thursday and then to Hamilton on Saturday.

Murphy said her team is making progress, but the Maroons still need more consistency if they are going to break back into the win column.

“One day they’re all going to play well together, at the same time,” the coach said.

One win, Murphy added, could change that.

“Like the old saying goes, winning is a habit,” Murphy said. “But so is losing.”

FRENCHTOWN (7-5, 4-2) — Faith Rebich 4 4-4 13, Cassidy Bagnell 1 4-6 6, Claire Bagnell 4 6-8 17, Lauren Demmons 1 1-5 3, Shelby Smith 1 0-0 2, Hope Rebich 1 0-0 2, Madison LaTray 0 0-1 0,  Kiya Shelton 4 4-4 11, Maddy Eggers 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 19-23 54.
BUTTE CENTRAL (1-12, 0-7) — Delaney Hasquet 4 7-10 15, Emma Keeley 2 0-0 6, Sofee Thatcher 3 1-2 7, Maddie Kump 0 0-0 0, Taylor Harrington 0 0-0 0, Avery Kelly 2 1-2 5, Brooke Badovinac 3 0-0 6, Brenna Foley 0 0-1 0, Hattie Mehring 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 9-17 39.
Frenchtown               18        13        10        11 — 54
Butte Central              5        11          8        15 — 39

3-point goals — Frenchtown 5 (Cl. Bagnell 3, F. Rebich, Shelton), BC 2 (Keeley 2). Fouls — Frenchtown 14, BC 21. Fouled out — Hasquet. None.

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