Strong Frenchtown squad sinks BC girls

By Bruce Sayler

The exam wasn’t so much pass/fail as it was pass/look-into-the-future for Butte Central Thursday night in high school girls’ basketball.
The terribly youthful Maroons lost 61-7 to probable state Class A contending Frenchtown juggernaut in the Southwestern A Conference play in the Maroon Activities Center.
“They’re going to probably go pretty far,” BC head coach Quinn Carter said about the tall, athletic, adequately experienced Broncs. “At one point, we had two eighth-graders and three freshmen on the floor.”
One of those eighth-graders was starter Kenzie McQueary, who was Butte Central’s only scorer. She sank 3-point baskets at the 5-minute, 33-second and 2:59 marks of the second quarter, then drained a free throw with 2:18 left in the half. By then, her team had been trailing by 32-6.
“I’m so proud of Kenzie McQueary,” Carter said. “She plays 32 minutes at 100 mph on every possession. As an eighth-grader, that’s tough to do. It doesn’t faze her that she is an eighth-grader, though and I’m proud of her.”
Frenchtown had leads of 23-6 after one quarter and 32-7 by halftime, then held the Maroons scoreless the rest of the way.
The BC girls were without 5-foot-10 senior post Mollie Drew, one of their tallest and more experienced players. Carter said Drew passed out at church on Monday and the cause has not been determined. The coach said Drew will be sidelined until cleared by a doctor, hoping that will be for Saturday.
“It was amazing how much having her out of the game changed the game,” Carter said.
So, 6-1 freshman Rylee Forbes, in her first year of basketball at any level, drew her first start. She pulled down four rebounds and continued her improvement overall.
“I’m really excited about Rylee,” Carter said. “There is a great future ahead for her.”
The Broncs had a 51-7 lead after three quarters and the clock was on steady run by the point differential rule. Benches were in the game for almost all of the fourth quarter.
Butte Central was up against lineup that included 6-2 sophomore Mason Quinn, 6-1 senior Sadie Smith and 5-9 juniors Heather Haskins and Maya Skinner. Smith finished with 16 points and Quinn and Haskins each scored 12. Quinn is the daughter of former Montana Tech standouts Mark Quinn and Lori (Stamy) Quinn. Mark Quinn also was a Butte High standout.
Kathryn Lalicker, Ali Stajcar and Arika Stajcar joined Forbes and McQueary in the Maroons’ starting lineup. Marley Mansanti, Caden Tippett, Meika Boyer, Zayonna Otherbull, Sophia Gelling and Logan LeProwse also played. Lalicker and Ali Stajcar were the only seniors who played. All other BC players were sophomores or younger.
Fund-raising, acknowledgements and contest were held as the night was Butte Central’s big event for battling against cancer. BC’s Pink Night Cancer Schmancer featured players wearing pink and is named for Mairissa Peoples a BC alum and former Butte Central basketball player. She was the older sister of Maroons head coach Quinn (Peoples) Carter and passed away 10 years ago this winter.
The BC girls will be home in the MAC on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against Hamilton.
FRENCHTOWN (12-1, 5-1) – Mason Silver 4-10 4-4 12, Heather Haskins 4-7 2-2 12, Maya Skinner 1-4 0-0 2, Bailey Hansen 3-5 1-2 7, Sadie Smith 7-11 1-1 16, Ryan Lucier 2-3 1-2 5, Haylee Kaufman 0-2 0-0 0, Katherine Deschamps 2-2 0-0 5, Iris Arlint 0-0 0-0 0, Blake Hardy 1-1 0-2 2, Laney Holleran 0-1 0—0 0, Garland Curtice 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 9-13 61.
BUTTE CENTRAL (2-13, 2-5) – Kathryn Lalicker 0-3 0-0 0, Ali Stajcar 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Forbes 0-1 0-2 0, Kenzie McQueary 2-5 1-2 6, Arika Stajcar 0-4 0-0 0, Marley Mansanti 0-0 0-0 0, Caden Tippett 0-0 0-0 0, Meika Boyer 0-1 0-4 0, Zayonna Otherbull 0-0 0-0 0, Sophia Gelling 0-0 0-0 0, Logan LeProwse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 2-14 1-8 7.
Frenchtown 23 9 19 10 – 61
Butte Central 6 1 0 0 — 7
Three-point goals – Frenchtown 4-13 (Haskins 2-4, Smith 1-1, Deschamps 1-1, Quinn 0-3, Hansen 0-1, Lucier 0-1, Kaufman 0-2), BC 2-7 (Lalicker 0-1, McQueary 2-3, Arika Stajcar 0-2, Boyer 0-1). Fouled out – none. Total fouls – Frenchtown 7, Butte Central 13. Technicals – none. Rebounds – Frenchtown 29 (Quinn 9), BC 15 (Forbes 4). Blocks – Frenchtown 1 (Quinn), BC 0. Assists – 10 (Quinn 5) BC 2 (Ali Stajcar 1, Lalicker 1). Steals – Frenchtown 18 (Lucier 4), BC 1 (Arika Stajcar). Turnovers – Frenchtown 10, BC 28.



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