Tutty’s 20 leads Bulldogs to victory at Flathead

Tutty’s 20 leads Bulldogs to victory at Flathead
Butte High senior MacKenzie Tutty holds the ball during Butte High's Feb. 13 win over Kalispell Flathead at the Richardson Gym. (Bill Foley photo)

KALISPELL — MacKenzie Tutty sank five 3-pointers and scored 20 points Tuesday night to lead the Butte High girls’ basketball team to a 40-30 Western AA win over Kalispell Flathead.

Tutty, a senior guard, scored 14 points in the first quarter to help the Bulldogs grab a 30-14 halftime lead.

The Bulldog offensive stalled in the third quarter, and Flathead pulled within 3 points in the fourth quarter. Then, Tutty hit back-to-back threes to give the Bulldogs the cushion they needed to hang on for the win.

The output was the most for Tutty since her 21-point performance in Butte High’s season-opening win over Missoula Big Sky.

Junior Ashley Olson added eight points in the victory, which is the third in the last five games for the Bulldogs. Emmarie Richards tossed in five points, Tylar Clary sank a 3-pointer and scored four points, and McCaul McCarthy netted two.

Madalynn Rhodes, Lauren Rosenleaf, Madison Skeel, Brooke McGrath and Mya Stenson also contributed for the Bulldogs.

Clare Converse scored 15 points to lead the Bravettes (3-10). Kennedy More and Ivy Gannon each scored four points.

The Bulldogs (4-9) close out the regular season Friday night with a trip to Missoula Sentinel. Butte High will play a playoff game on the road next week.

BUTTE HIGH (4-9)MacKenzie Tutty 7 1-2 20, Kodie Hoagland 0 1-2 1, Emmarie Richards 2 0-0 5, McCaul McCarthy 1 0-0 2, Ashley Olson 3 2-6 8, Madalynn Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Laura Rosenleaf 0 0-0 0, Tylar Clary 2 0-1 4, Madison Skeel 0 0-0 0, Mya Stenson 0 0-0 0, Brooke McGrath 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-11 40.
KALISPELL FLATHEAD (3-10)Maddy Moy 1 0-3 2, Akilan Kubi 1 0-3 2, Kennedy Moore 2 0-0 4, Clare Converse 6 2-4 15, Ivy Gannon 1 2-2 4, Tali Miller 1 0-3 2, Rebecca Eacker 0 0-0 0, Molly Winters 0 1-2 1, Bridge Crowley 0 0-2 0, Avery Chouinard 0 0-0 0, Kuyra Seigel 0 1-2 1. Totals 11 7-19 30.
Butte High     15        15        1          9 — 40
Flathead           7          7        7          9 — 30

3-point goals — Butte High 6 (Tutty 5, Clary), Flathead 1 (Converse). Fouls — Butte 14, Flathead 17. Fouled out — none.



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