Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Maroons

Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Maroons

Women’s college basketball
Rocky Mountain at Montana Tech, 5 p.m.

The women open the twin bill at the HPER Complex as the Orediggers play their first home games in more than a month.

Thursday’s battle will not be an easy one for the Oredigger women. The No. 15 Battlin’ Bears come to town at 16-2 overall. Rocky is also tied for first place in the Frontier Conference with the University of Providence at 5-1.

The Battlin’ Bears are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 57-55 home loss to Providence. It was the first time Rocky lost a game since Nov. 13. NCAA Division I transfer N’Dea Flye leads the Bears with 20.2 points per game. She also averages 10.1 rebounds and 3.7 Assists per game.

Butte Central graduate Kloie Thatcher is averaging 13.3 points and 4.0 assists per game for the Bears. Shauna Bribiescas is also averaging 13.3 points per game.

The Orediggers at 11-10 overall and 2-4 in conference after picking up two wins last week. Tech beat MSU-Northern 71-61 Thursday in Havre then accepted a COVID-19 forfeit to Montana Western on Saturday.

Tavia Rooney, who averages 9.6 rebounds per game, leads three Tech players averaging in double figures scoring with 11.9 points. Brooke Heggie adds 10.9 points to the lineup, while Dani Urick is scoring at a 10.0 clip. Mollie Peoples averages 8.8 points per game.

Men’s college basketball
Rocky Mountain at Montana Tech, 7 p.m.

The nightcap will see the Orediggers (16-5, 5-1) looking to hang on to their share of first place in the Frontier Conference.

Tech will be playing just its second conference game on the Kelvin Sampson Court, though Saturday’s forfeit win over Western was supposed to be a home game.

Sindou Diallo averages 14.8 points per game to lead three Orediggers scoring in double figures. He is also dishing out 3.2 assists per game. Caleb Bellach averages 14.6 points per game, while Taylor England adds 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.

Maxim Stephens averages 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead the Bears, who come to town at 9-9 and 2-4. Abdul Bah scores 13.5, while Jesse Owens and Tayshawun Bradford follow with 11.6 and 11.1.

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

The Maroons (5-3, 4-1) get another crack at the first-place Beavers (8-1, 5-0) in the opener of a Southwestern A doubleheader at the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium.

Lauryn Petersen scored 22 points to lead the way as the Beavers beat the Maroons 69-62 Dec. 18 at the Maroon Activities Center. Ainsley Shipman averages 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game to lead the Beavers. Petersen averages 9.7 points.

Brooke Badovinac scored 28 points to lead the Maroons in the first meeting with the Beavers. Ella Moodry scored 15 points.

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

The undefeated Maroons (8-0, 5-0) hit the road for what could be their toughest test yet.

At 7-2 overall, Dillon sits one game behind the Maroons at 4-1 in conference play. The Beavers have won five straight, including a 66-48 win last Tuesday at Butte High. Connor Curnow’s 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds leads the Dillon attack. Recent Montana Western football commit Jon Kirkley adds 15.2 points per game to the lineup.

Central beat Dillon 56-42 Dec. 18 in Butte. Dougie Peoples poured in a season-high 32 points to lead the Maroons in that win. He is averaging 20.1 points per game. Eric Loos adds 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Kyle Holter averages 9.4 points per game.

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