The Butte Central Maroons Girls Basketball team has got some work ahead of them if they want to qualify for the Western "A" Divisional Tournament in Ronan starting on February 23.  Although they sport a 3-15 overall record, this is a team that has shown steady improvement throughout the year.  In fact, they've gotten 2 of their wins in their last 5 games and are primed to make a run to divisionals.

Butte Central's Kathryn Lalicker is picked up by Butte High's Cadence Graham during Tuesday night's city championship. Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media
Butte Central's Kathryn Lalicker is picked up by Butte High's Cadence Graham during the City Championship game earlier this year.  Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media

It's no coincidence that the Maroons started picking up wins with the return of junior guard Kathryn Lallicker, giving Butte Central some extra scoring to go with senior Brooke Badovinac's 22 points per game.  Bado, however, brings a lot more than just scoring to the table.  While leading the conference in scoring average, the future Oredigger is second in the conference in blocked shots and sixt in steals.  Brooke is also third in the conference in free throw percentage. Junior Mollie Drew, senior Maycee Anderson and the Stajcar sisters of Ali ad Arika all have been finding their groove as of late as well as Central looks to their first play-in contest.

The Maroons will be on the road to face East Helena Thursday evening.  The Maroons lost to the Vigilantes 62-45 in their home opener on December 15 before just a 4-point loss, 60-56, a few weekends ago in East Helena.  Should the Maroons win, they will face the winner of the Stevensville/Corvallis game on Saturday.  If Corvallis wins, the Maroons would host but would be on the road should Stevensville win.

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