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Slow start sinks Bulldogs in loss at Great Falls Russell

Slow start sinks Bulldogs in loss at Great Falls Russell

GREAT FALLS — A slow start was too much for Butte High to overcome Saturday afternoon.

Great Falls Russell jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, and the Rustlers went on to a 59-40 win over the Bulldogs at the CMR Fieldhouse.

The Rustlers improved to 6-1 on the season. The game was the Eastern AA opener for both teams.

Brenden Lindseth hit three 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead the Rustlers. Bryce Depping added 13 as CMR bounced back from Thursday’s loss at Helena High.

Danny McCloskey scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs, who lost head coach Luke Powers midway through the second quarter. Powers was ejected after being whistled for two quick, highly-questionable technical fouls.

By rule, Powers will not be allowed on the bench for Butte High’s next game, which is next Saturday at home against Great Falls High.

Kale McCarthy added 10 points for the Bulldogs. Clay Ferguson added five points before fouling out. Butte High also got four points from Kash Kelly, three from Trevyn Roth and two apiece from Billy Kelly and Kael Stenson.

BUTTE HIGH (1-4, 0-1) — Kash Kelly 1 1-2 4, Clay Ferguson 2 1-2 5, Danny McCloskey 3 4-4 12, Trevyn Roth 1 1-3 3, Jake Olson 1 0-0 2, Tommy Mellott 0 0-0 0, Kale McCarthy 4 0-0 10, Billy Kelly 0 2-2 2, Michael Phillips 0 0-0 0, Andrew Booth 0 0-0 0, Cael Stenson 1 0-1 2, Ryan Burt 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-14 40.
GREAT FALLS RUSSELL (6-1, 1-0) — Caleb Curringtion 2 4-4 8, Brenden Lindseth 7 1-1 18, Cason Taylor 0 2-2 2, Bryce Depping 4 5-5 13, Russell Gagne 0 0-0 0, Bryce Nelson 1 0-0 2, Keegan Barnes 1 4-7 9, Kaden Gardner 2 0-0 5, Harrisson Goss 0 0-0 0, Roger Barnwell 0 0-0 0, Griffin Held 0 0-0 0, P.J. Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 16-20 59.
Butte                             5          11        9          15 — 40
Russell                        12        13        11        13 — 59

3-point goals — Butte 5(McCarthy 2, McCloskey 2, K. Kelly), CMR 5 (Linidseth 3, Barnes, Gardner). Fouls — Butte 17, CMR 15. Fouled out — Ferguson. Technicals — Butte High coach (2).



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