Butte home court advantage was in effect this weekend
It was an awfully good weekend for the Butte home teams.
The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit a bit better for the Bulldog boys. Entering Western AA Conference play, Butte High was 1-2 in non-conference action, and there were great ‘moments’ in those games, even some fantastic stretches. But the full 32-minute picture wasn’t there. The overall picture is getting better and better with every quarter played.
The games with Glacier and Flathead are never easy, it’s a quick turnaround whether you are at home or on the road. The Wolfpack were up first, and Hudson Luedtke had himself a game. Hudson finished with 24 points total, 14 of those in the 4th quarter pushing the Bulldogs into the win column, with a 60-55 victory over Glacier.
It was a breakout weekend for Cameron Gurnsey. Through the non-conference games, he was averaging 4 points a contest. (12 points total) Against Glacier, he netted 18 points, and on Saturday against Flathead he led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Jace Stenson broke was into double figures with 12, and Luedtke finished with 8, in the 54-48 win over Flathead.
The undefeated Broncs were in town Saturday, for a big-time Southwestern A matchup, with the Butte Central Maroons. After dismantling Hamilton the night before, the Broncs entered the game with some serious momentum. Coach Kelly and the Maroons took that momentum away early and never allowed Frenchtown to get into their ‘flow’. Dougie Peoples led all scorers with 29 points, Kyle Holter knocked down 11 for the Maroons. Butte Central now sits atop the Southwestern A, undefeated in conference play. Dillon, Frenchtown, and Hamilton are all one step behind with 1 loss apiece.
Montana Tech’s Women went 1-1 on the weekend. Falling to #11 Carroll 60-48 on Thursday, then taking down Providence 69-61 on Saturday. This team’s calling card is heart, which was shown on Saturday against the Argos. The Diggs trailed 29-16 at the half (after only scoring 5 points in the second quarter) and then outscore Providence 53-32 in the second half to get the conference win. Tech was led by Tavia Rooney with 27 (new career high), and Aubrie Radamacher had another outstanding game, netting 14 points.
We started this past weekend with every Frontier men’s team tied at 1-1 in conference play. We ended the week with 5 teams tied at 2-2, and one team sitting on top at 3-1. The Montana Tech men are the only team that went undefeated this weekend, and that leaves them in first place after a tough weekend. This team plays inspired defense and is incredibly disciplined. I feel that disciple really came to light against a very athletic and scary Providence team.
Against Carroll, the Diggs had 4 players in double digits, led by Asa Williams with 21 (15 of those in the second half), Hayden Diekhans with 18, Caleb Bellach with 17, and Keeley Bake with 13. Tech shot 51% from the floor, and 56% from the 3-point line against the Saints.
In the Carroll game, Michael Ure was quiet, with 3 points in 20 minutes of play. His presence was felt far more against the Argos. Michael finished with a career-high 23 points (in 23 minutes) and pulled down 8 rebounds. Caleb Bellach nearly hit his career-high mark as well, with 26 points against the Argos.
It was an outstanding weekend of basketball here in the Mining City, and a busy week ahead of us. We will have full schedules up so you can plan your week. #GoButte