Missoula Sentinel did a whole lot right Tuesday night, beating Butte High 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 in a nonconference match at the Butte High Gym.
Bulldog coach Dale Burgman, though, was focusing more on what his team did wrong as Butte High fell to 0-3 after an impressive, but winless weekend in Billings.
“We didn’t play like that in Billings,” Burgman said. “Skyview and West had to beat us. We didn’t beat ourselves.”
The Butte High coach said his comments weren’t meant to take away form an impressive performance by the Spartans, who have the look of a contender early in the season.
“They’re very aggressive, and they are constantly on the attack,” Burgman said. “There’s a reason why they are 5-0. But, my goodness, we gave them probably 20 points tonight.”
Miscues plagued the Bulldogs through the first two games, and Sentinel was in control throughout.
In the third game, though, Butte High appeared to have the Spartans on the ropes, or at least close to it. The Bulldogs led 15-13 and had the momentum as the Dogs looked to force a fourth game.
A spike by Kylie Frohlich put an end to the Bulldog momentum. Then, with Chelsea Bone serving, Sentinel ran of seven straight points to take control.
Frohlich and Shelby Schweyen each tallied 10 kills on the night as the Spartans out killed Butte High 38-16.
Bone registered 35 assists and four aces, while Sarina Moreno collected 12 kills for Sentinel.
Senior libero Hannah Amtmann stood out for the Bulldogs. She set the unofficial school record for time spent rolling or sliding on the floor while collecting 19 digs for Butte High. That came after she tallied 59 digs in seven games in Billings.
“Hannah is all over the place,” Burgman said. “She wouldn’t let anything hit the floor. They (the Spartans) are smart. The ball never came close to her in the last 10 serve receives.”
The Bulldog coach praised Amtmann’s work ethic and attitude.
“She works so hard,” he said. “She wants to play somewhere on a college scholarship, and I think she will.”
McKayla McGivern led the Bulldogs at the net with nine kills and two blocks.
Abby Dodge added four kills and nine digs, while Erika Spear dished out 12 of Butte High’s 16 assists. Sam Krzan had the other four.
Burgman said he knows his team can play better because he saw it in Billings. He theorized that the Bulldogs might have been nervous playing in front of their home crowd.
The Bulldogs will get back to work Friday and Saturday when they will get some serious court time at the Great Falls Invitational.
Butte High will try again to win in front of its fans next Tuesday when Great Falls High comes to town for an Eastern AA match.
Missoula Sentinel def. Butte High 25-17, 25-19, 25-19
KILLS — Sentinel 38 (Shelby Schweyen 10, Kylie Frohlich 10), Butte 16 (McKayla McGivern 9, Abby Dodge 4, Hannah Amtmann 1, McKenna Dahlman 1, Kaity O’Brien 1). ASSISTS — Sentinel 36 (Chelsea Bone 35), Butte 16 (Erika Spear 12, Sam Krzan 4). BLOCKS — Sentinel 3 (Elsa Goodwin 3, Jordyn Schweyen 1), Butte 3 (McGivern 2, Dahlman 1). ACES — Sentinel 8 (Bone 4), Butte 4 (Amtmann 2, McGivern 1, Amanda Pickle 1). DIGS — Sentinel 30 (Sarina Moreno 12, Taylor Herman 5), Butte 40 (Amtmann 18, Dodge 9, McGivern 4, Pickle 4, Spear 2, Krzan 2, McGruder 1).