Thatcher’s 31 leads Bulldog girls in GF

GREAT FALLS — Hattie Thatcher had one of those nights.

The Butte High senior guard sank seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Butte High girls to a 75-48 win over Great Falls Russell Thursday night at the CMR Fieldhouse.

“She lit it up,” Butte High coach Jeff Arntson said of Thatcher, a future Montana Tech Oredigger. “She hit a couple of threes from well beyond NBA range.”

Thatcher hit on 11 of 13 shots from the free throw for her 31 points, and that might not be her most impressive stat line.

Thatcher also dished out 10 assists.

“The first thing she asked was ‘How many assists did I have,” Arntson said. “She was a big part of the offense.”

Lexie Nelson, who is currently the leading scorer at Eastern Washington University, holds the Butte High girls’ single-game scoring record with 39 points.

Hailey Hoagland scored 15 points in the victory, which was Butte High’s fifth straight. Natalee Faupel and Sammy McGree each scored nine, while Carlie Haeffner scored five and Mariah Richardson, Erika McLeod and McKaul Ori each tossed in two.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 61 percent from the field (27 of 44).

“We shot the ball well and we played great defense in the second half,” Arntson said.

The coach praised the defense and rebounding of Haeffner.

“Carlie Haeffner did a great job,” Arntson said. “She took care of the key for us all night.”

The No. 5 Bulldogs improved to 9-2 on the season and 4-1 in Eastern AA Conference play. Butte High returns home to play Great Falls High at the Richardson Gym on Saturday.

The Bison beat Butte High in overtime Jan. 3 in Great Falls. Butte High hasn’t lost sense.

BUTTE HIGH (9-2, 4-1) — Hailey Hoagland 5-6 1-2 15, Natalee Faupel 4-8 0-0 9, Mariah Richardson 0-0 2-2 2, Sammy McGree 4-9 1-2 9, Asthen McCloskey 0, Erika McLeod 1-3 0-0 2, Hattie Thatcher 11-13 2-4 31, Carlie Haeffner 2-5 1-1 5, Andie Hogan 0-0 0-0 0, McKaul Ori 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 27-44 9-13 75.
GREAT FALLS RUSSELL (4-8, 0-5) — Madi Mahoney 0-0 0-0 0, Kaydee Parsons 1-3 0-0 3, Kirsten Kaste 1-4 0-0 0, Taylor Edwards 4-7 1-1 12, Sammy Pietrykowski 2-2 0-0 4, Kylie Otis 0-1 1-2 1, Maggie Reilly 1-3 1-2 3, Maddy Gregoire 0-3 2-2 2, Diondra Denton 7-10 2-3 18, Hannah Vining 0-4 0-0 0, Courtney Schroeder 0-1 0-0 0, Maddy Watkins 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 17- 42 8-12 48.
3-pointers—Butte 12 (Thatcher 7, Hoagland 4, Faupel 1), CMR 6 (Edwards 3, Denton 2, Parsons 1). Rebounds—Butte 27, CMR 20. Assists—Butte 14, CMR 10. Turnovers—Butte 14, CMR 14. Total fouls—Butte 12, CMR 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none.



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