Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Maroons

Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Orediggers, Maroons

Women’s college basketball
Providence at Montana Tech, 5:30 p.m.

The Oredigger women (11-5, 1-3) look to stop a three-game slide when they open the doubleheader at the HPER Complex.

Mesa Williams’ 17.3 points per game leads the Orediggers, who fell at Rocky Mountain College and Montana Western last week. Fellow junior Mollie Peoples averages 11.6 points, while freshman Tavia Rooney adds 10.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Emilee Maldonado averages 14.2 points and 4.8 assists per game to lead the Argos (11-5, 1-3), who fell 64-58 at Carroll College Saturday. Junior Parker Esary adds 14.1 points and 6.8 points to the Providence lineup, while freshman post Bailey chips in with 13.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Men’s college basketball
Providence at Montana Tech, 7:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (10-5, 2-2) ride a six-game winning streak into the night cap. That includes wins at Rocky and Western last week.

Junior guard Sindou Diallo’s 21.1 points per game leads the Orediggers into action. Diallo scored a total of 49 points in Tech’s two conference wins last week. Taylor England follows with 14.5 points per game. Troy Owens Jr. adds 13.6, and Dylan Pannabecker scores 10.3

No. 8 Providence (15-1, 3-1) is coming off its first defeat of the season, a 93-88 loss at Carroll. Former Montana Western Bulldog Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, a 6-foot-6 junior, averages 22.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game to lead the Argos. Senior Brandon Cotton scores 15.4 points per game, and junior Joel Thabize adds 10.5.

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

The Maroons (1-8) look to get back in the win column when they hit the road for the non-conference tilt with Class B Three Forks.

The Wolves enter the game at 3-3 after Saturday’s 30-27 win at Townsend. Three Forks also won 54-42 Friday at Manhattan.

Sophomore Sofee Thatcher’s 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game leads the Maroons, who have dropped a tough 42-38 decision Saturday at Livingston.

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

The undefeated Maroons will try to make it 10 for 10 as they close out the non-conference doubleheader against the red-hot Wolves (6-1).

Three Forks has won six straight after going on the road to beat Townsend (44-40) and Manhattan (70-62) last weekend.

The Maroons are 9-0 after going to Dillon for a victory before returning home to beat Livingston last weekend. Braden Harrington averages 16.7 points per game to lead the Maroons. Luke Heaphy, Trevor Neumann, Jared Simkins and Gator Yelenich all average more than six points per game for the balanced BC boys.

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