Connor Dick got out of the gate early and Butte High never really got back on track as Missoula Hellgate rode an aggressive zone defense and got past the Bulldogs 57-38 Thursday night at Ross J. Richardson Memorial Gym on the campus of Butte High School.
Dick had five of the Knights' first seven points as Hellgate raced out to a 7-0 lead before a Hudson Luedtke 12-footer got the Bulldogs on the board nearly three minutes into the contest. The Bulldogs would ride that momentum, following with a Casey Merrifield bomb, a Bo Demairis steal and two slashing Luedtke layups for a 9-7 lead with 3:15 to go in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs it was all Hellgate from there. Missoula would end the quarter on an 11-3 run to close the stanza up 18-12 with the Bulldogs only points coming from a long-distance shot by Kale McDonald.
Missed shots and turnovers would doom the Bulldogs in the second as Hellgate would get the quarter's first seven points and jump out to a 25-12 lead. Jonas Sherman would put the Bulldogs back in the board with a layup coming with 3:32 to play in the half. The Knights would take a 27-18 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Knights would outscore the Bulldogs 24-12 and would go up by as many as 21 in the fourth.
Hellgate's Connor Dick led all scorers with 16. Luedtke would chip in 15 for the Bulldogs, Tocher Lee and Kale McDonald scored 5 each.
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