Thursday’s Hot Ticket

Prep Girls’ Basketball
Bozeman at Butte High, 7:30 p.m.

Butte High (10-2, 5-1) is hunting its seventh straight win in the game in the Eastern AA Conference set for the Ross J. Richardson Memorial Gym at Butte High. The Bulldogs haven’t lost since falling in overtime to Great Falls High Jan. 3, a loss avenged last Saturday. Hattie Thatcher, Natalee Faupel, Hailey Hoagland and Sammy McGree have led the production. The Bulldogs are ranked third in the state media Class AA poll. Always dangerous Bozeman enters trying to improve records of 7-5 for the season and 3-3 overall.

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

Butte High (2-10, 1-5)  needs a consistent effort from its athletic lineup to knock off Bozeman (6-6, 3-3). Dallas Cook of the Bulldogs is chairman of the Class AA boards while Zach Bunney is a sparkplug in the offense and Cory Farstveet and Peter Granger both have had good games on the inside. The game is an Eastern AA Conference counter.

Butte Central at Dillon, 7:30 p.m.

The Butte Central Maroons go into the Southwestern A Conference showdown at the B.W. Lodge Gym in Dillon’s Beaverhead County High School wanting to avenge a 44-36 loss suffered to the Beavers at the Maroon Activities Center earlier this season. It’s a matchup of two of the state’s better teams. Third-ranked Butte Central (9-4, 5-2) has been sparked lately by senior guard Brady Tippett and strong inside defense played by Marcus Ferriter and Connor McGree, and the play of Nate Bolstad and Kale Guldseth. Fifth-ranked Dillon (9-4, 4-1) has a fine one-two scoring punch in Boyd Jenne and Ben Folsom bolstered by Troy Scott and a deep roster. The Beavers will be trying to bounce back from a narrow 57-55 non-league loss suffered at Livingston Tuesday.