Tippett leads BC boys in Snake Pit

ANACONDA — Brady Tippett shot 13 for 13 from the free throw line and scored 27 points Saturday as the Butte Central boys’ basketball team closed out the regular season with a 57-53 win over Anaconda at Memorial Gym.

The Maroons ended the regular season at 7-3 in conference and 12-6 overall. BC will open the Southwestern A Divisional tournament as the No. 3 seed against Corvallis at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Maroon Activities Center.

The 27 points was a career-high for Tippett.

“Offensively he’s such a leader for us,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said. “He wants the ball in his hands.”

The Maroons never trailed in the game. BC led 31-22 at halftime, and the Copperheads tied the game at 31 with nine straight points to open the third.

BC, though closed the quarter with a 10-3 run to take the lead for good.

Kale Guldseth and Marcus Ferriter each added nine points for the Maroons. Nate Bolstad scored four points, while Danny Peoples and Dalton Sessions scored three and Emmett McCarthy tossed in two.

Dennis Stanberry scored 13 to lead the Copperheads, who ended the regular season at 2-8 in conference and 2-16 overall.

Caleb Stetzner and Brandon Fode each scored nine for the Copperheads. Jackson Wagner scored eight, and Cory Stanberry tossed in seven.

BUTTE CENTRAL (7-3, 12-6) — Kale Guldseth 2 3-4 9, Brady Tippett 6 13-13 27, Nate Bolstad 1 1-2 4, Marcus Ferriter 4 0-0 9, Danny Peoples 1 0-0 3, Connor McGree 0 0-0 0, Emmett McCarthy 1 0-0 2, Dalton Sessions 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 18-21 57.
ANACONDA (2-8, 2-16) — Dennis Stanberry 3 5-6 13, Cory Stanberr 3 0-2 7, Eli Mathias 1 1-1 3, Jade Green 2 0-0 4, Jackson Wagner 2 2-5 8, Geoff Dierenfeldt 0 0-0 0, Caleb Stetzner 4 0-0 9, Brandon Fode 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 9-16 53.
Central                       16   15   10   16 — 57
Anaconda                 10   12   12   19 — 53

3-point goals — BC 7 (Guldseth 2, Tippett 2, Peoples, Ferriter, Bolstad), Anaconda 6 (D. Stanberry 2, Wagner 2, C. Stanberry, Stetzner). Fouls — BC 15, Anaconda 18. Fouled out — none.



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