Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs; BC-Anaconda

Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs; BC-Anaconda

Prep boys’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Big Sky, 6 p.m.

The boys open the twin bill as the Bulldogs look to bounce back from Saturday’s lopsided loss to unbeaten Missoula Hellgate.

The Eagles are 0-11 overall and 0-7 in the Western AA after Tuesday’s 76-46 loss to Hellgate.

Butte High is 3-7 and 2-4. The Bulldogs overcame a 10-point deficit to beat Big Sky 66-53 Jan. 4 at the Butte Civic Center. That game featured five technical fouls, four of which were on Big Sky.

Junior Jake Olson scored 26 points to lead the Bulldogs in that win. Senior Tommy Mellott tossed in 14 of his 16 from the free throw line. Sophomore Tre Reed scored 20 to lead the Eagles. Senior Ben Maehl added 15 points.

Butte High will still be without injured junior guard Billy Kelly.

Butte Central at Anaconda, 7:30 p.m.
The Maroons (12-1) look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they take on the Copperheads (6-5) in the nightcap of the doubleheader at the Snake Pit.

Senior Braden Harrington’s 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds leads the Maroons into action. Classmate Trevor Neumann adds 8.2 points per game to the lineup. Seniors Jared and Matt Simkins each scored 12 points Saturday as BC fell 50-44 at Frenchtown.

Braedon Sawyer averages 15.7 points per game to lead the Copperheads.

Prep girls’ basketball
Butte High at Missoula Big Sky, 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (5-5, 2-5) look for the sweep of the Eagles (0-7, 0-11).

Butte High, which is looking to bounce back from tough home loss to Hellgate, beat the Eagles 58-23 Jan. 4 in Butte. Junior MacKenzie Tutty scored 15 points in that win. Seniors Trisha Ericson and Haley Herron each scored 10.

Corbyn Sandau, Alexis Knight and Abbe Feilzer each scored seven for the Eagles.

Butte Central at Anaconda, 6 p.m.
The Maroons (1-12) open the doubleheader looking to get in the win column for the first time since December. That will not be easy against the 8-4 Copperheads.

Logan Stetzner pours in 15 points per game to lead Anaconda. Megan Reich and Sami Johnson both add 9.3 points per game.

Sophomore Sofee Thatcher’s 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game leads the Maroons. Junior Delaney Hasquet scored 15 points for the Maroons last time out.

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