The holidays are behind us, and the Bulldog basketball teams are back on the hard court.

The Bulldogs will jump back into conference play Friday, with games scheduled against Glacier. The girls are on the road for an overnight trip, the boys are home at Ross Richardson gymnasium.

The lady Bulldogs will get their Western AA conference schedule started in Kalispell, against the Wolfpack of Glacier. The ladies are going to spend some quality time on the bus in the first half of conference, playing 5 of their first 7 games on the road. Butte High went 1-2 in non-conference play entering the break, with a win over Belgrade, and losses to Gallatin and Dillon. Through three games the Bulldogs are led by Laura Rosenleaf and Emmarie Richards, averaging 12 points and 10 points respectively. Rosenleaf also averages 11 rebounds a game for Butte High.

The Wolfpack enters the conference game at 1-3 overall, with a win over Bozeman, and losses to Gallatin, and the Great Falls schools. Through four games, they are led by junior Noah Fincher averaging 11 points, and sophomore Kennedy Moore is also in double digits, with 10 points a contest. Reese Ramey and Sara Downs are both averaging 8 points a game thus far for Glacier.
The lady Bulldogs will stay overnight in Kalispell and battle Flathead on Saturday.

The other side of that same coin has the (1-2) Butte High Boys at home taking on Glacier Friday night. I mentioned earlier the Butte High girls were on the road for 5 of their first 7, the boys will look to benefit from having 5 of their first 7 games at home.

Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media
Photo: Tommy O/Townsquare Media

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by freshman Hudson Luedtke, Hudson is averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds a game thus far. Senior Jace Stenson is netting 9 points a game, and senior post Jonas Sherman is getting 8 points and 9 rebounds a game.

I talked to Coach Luedtke briefly and he noted “I don’t feel like we competed well in Dillon, we are just looking for guys to compete, and give the effort I know they are capable of giving, if they do that we are going to be ok”

The Wolfpack come into Butte with a 3-1 record, with wins over CMR, Great Falls High, and Gallatin, their only blemish in the pre-season is a 49-43 loss at Bozeman. Glacier is big. Their starters look to range from 6’1 guards to 6’7’ in the post. They are led in scoring by senior guard, Ty Olsen who is averaging 12 points a game. Tyler McDonald is next for Glacier at 9 points a game. 6’7” post, Noah Dowler averages 7 points and 8 rebounds a game.

The boys game Friday will tip-off at 6 pm at Ross Richardson Gymnasium. The Butte High boys will be home on Saturday afternoon as well, hosting Flathead at 4 pm.

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