Thursday’s Hot Ticket

Prep girls’ basketball
Belgrade at Butte Central, 6 p.m.

The Southwestern A champion Maroons (17-0) look to complete the regular season unbeaten when they open the doubleheader at the Maroon Activities Center with the non-conference game against the Panthers 4-13. The Maroons beat Belgrade 51-31 Jan. 26 in Belgrade. Mollie Peoples scored 19 points to lead the maroons in that tilt. Hannah Gee scored 14 to lead the Panthers. The Maroons will honor seniors Sierra Pica and Kate Ossello as part of Senior Parent Night.

Prep boys’ basketball
Belgrade at Butte Central, 7:30 p.m.

The Maroons (9-8) look to avenge last month’s 49-40 loss at Belgrade and head into the postseason on a high point when they take on the Panthers (11-6) in the nightcap. Morgan Eitel scored 17 points and Dawson Fowler netted 15 in the first meeting as the Panthers used a 1-3-1 zone to outscore the Maroons 20-3 in the fourth quarter. Nate McGree scored 25 points Saturday as the Maroons stopped a five-game losing streak with a 61-53 win at Corvallis. BC will honor seniors Cole Harper and Tyler Kump as part of Senior Parents Night.

College women’s basketball
Rocky Mountain College at Montana Tech, 5:30 p.m.
It is definitely must-win time this weekend as Montana Tech closes its home schedule with games against Rocky Mountain College and Montana Western. First up for the Orediggers (6-19, 2-12) is the Battlin’ Bears (6-8, 14-12). Tech beat Rocky 64-61 Jan. 30 in Billings behind Hattie Thatcher’s 23 points. Whittney Mitchell, who averages a team-best 14.6 points per game, scored 21 points in that game.

College men’s basketball
Rocky Mountain College at Montana Tech, 7:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (2-12, 7-19) really need a win as they take on the Battlin’ Bears (8-6, 17-9) in the nightcap. Rocky’s 6-foot-5 forward Roby Nyby leads the frontier with 19.3 points per game. He scored 26 as the Bears beat Tech 71-59 Jan. 30 in Billings. True freshman Lukas Vining scored 15 to lead Tech in that game. Jalen Coates averages a team-leading 18.1 points per game.

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