Treasure State girls take it to Big Sky in opener

By Bill Foley

The Treasure State All-Stars started fast, and they kept up the pace.

The result was an 81-57 victory over the Big Sky in the Southwest Montana All-Star Classic Tuesday night at Montana Tech HPER Complex.

Players from Butte High and Butte Central made up a large part of the Big Sky roster, while Anaconda and Dillon anchored Treasure State.

Treasure State trailed only briefly in the victory.

After the visiting team built a 6-0 lead, BC senior stars Mollie Peoples and Emily St. John led a 7-0 run to give Big Sky their lone lead of the night.

Peoples drove for a pair of hoops around a St. John 3-pointer.

Twin Bridges junior star Kailee Oliverson, though, scored on back-to-back possessions to put the Treasure State up for good.

Treasure State led 20-11 after the first quarter, and by as much as 36-14 midway through the second quarter.

Big Sky made a late run in the second half, but Treasure State took a 41-27 advantage into halftime.

Treasure State extended the lead to 59-39 after three quarters before closing out the lopsided win with a strong final frame.

The 6-foot-2 Oliverson, who scored from inside and out, scored a game-high 23 points in the victory. She hit three 3-pointers and was a force on the boards.

Dillon junior Brynley Fitzgerald scored 13 points, while Anaconda junior Sydnie Peterson tossed in 10 points.

Treasure state also got nine points from Harrison’s Josie Hokanson, six from Ennis’ Danyel Martin and Philipsburg’s Jaden Cummings, four from Twin Bridges’ Audrey George, three from Dillon’s Bailey Berriochoa and Twin Brdiges’ RaeAnne Bendon, and two from Dillon’s Kylie Christiansen and Ennis’ Jourdain Klein.

Anaconda’s Alexis Seitzinger also played for Treasure State.

St. John’s 12 points paced the Big Sky squad. She was joined in double figures by Deer Lodge’s Josee Applegate.

Butte High star Ally Cleverly tossed in nine points in the losing effort. Kamryn Scully of Deer Lodge scored seven points, and Peoples finished with six.

Big Sky also got five from Whitehall’s Isabel Evans, four from Drummond’s Allie Parke, and two from BC junior Kloie Thatcher and Butte High senior Abby Dodge.

BC junior Olivia Bolton, Butte High sophomore Brittney Tierney and Whitehall’s Kaya Welch also contributed for Big Sky.

Peoples and St. John played in the All-Star game for the fourth straight year.

At halftime of the boys’ game, Peoples won the 3-point contest. Butte High senior Ryson Lovshin won the boys’ 3-point shootout during halftime of the girls’ game.

TREASURE STATE — Alexis Seitzinger 0 0-0 0, Sydnie Peterson 4 0-2 10, Danel Martin 3 0-0 6, Audrey George 2 0-0 4, Kylie Christiansen 1 0-0 2, Josie okanson 4 1-1 9, Jaden Cummings 2 2-8 6, Bailey Berriochoa 1 0-0 3, Jourdain Klein 1 0-2 2, Brynley Fitzgerald 5 2-3 13, Kailee Oliverson 10 0-1 23, RaeAnn Bender 1 1-1 3. Totals 34 6-18 81.
BIG SKY — Kloie Thatcher1 0-0 2, Olivia Bolton 0 0-0 0, Mollie Peoples 3 0-0 6, Kaya Welch 0 0-0 0, Josee Applegate 4 0-0 10, Emily St. John 3 3-4 12, Brittney Tierney 0 0-0 0, Isabel Evans 2 1-2 5, Ally Cleverly 3 2-6 9, Abby Dodge 1 0-0 2, Allie Parke 2 0-0 4, Kamryn Scully 1 4-5 7. Totals 20 10-18 57.
Treasure State                       20        21        18        22 — 81
Big Sky                                   11        16        12        18 — 57
3-point goals — Oliverson 3, Peterson 2, Berriochoa, Fitzgerald), Big Sky 7 (St. John 3, Applegate 2, Cleverly, Scully). Fouls — Treasure State 13, Big Sky 13. Fouled out — none.