Thursday’s Hot Ticket

Prep Boys’ Basketball
Helena High at Butte Central, 7:30 p.m.

The Maroons play a non-conference game at the Maroon Activities Center as the team looks for its fourth straight win. Butte Central is ranked No. 5 in the Class A with a 7-3 record. Brady Tippett averages 13.6 points per game to lead the Maroons into action. Nate Bolstad adds 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds to the lineup. Kale Guldseth averages just under 10 points per game, and Marcus Ferriter is coming off a career-high 16 points in Saturday’s victory over Corvallis. The Bengals are 4-3 overall. Austin Young averages a team-leading 11.3 points per game.

Prep Girls’ Basketball
Butte Central at Helena High, 7:30 p.m.
The Maroons, ranked No. 2 in the Class A, are back on the road for the non-conference game. BC (8-2) is looking for its fourth win in five games since the Christmas break. Danee Leary averages 14.7 points and pulls down 8.2 rebounds per game to lead BC’s balanced attack. Danika Neumann averages 9.4 per game, while Alysea Pica scores 8.3 and Hannah Stajcar and Mariah Cooney both average right around seven. Cooney also grabs a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game. Callie Kanthack averages 7.7 points per game to lead the Bengals (0-7).