BUTTE – You might have thought when the state tournaments all across the state came to an end Saturday night that high school basketball was over with for this season.
For the best players in southwest Montana who were selected to play in Tuesday nights all-star game, the season had 32 more minutes to go.
The girls tipped off first and the teams of Treasure State and Big Sky battled hard for 32 full minutes, but also seemed to have a lot of fun, something Butte High senior Brittney Tierney said is the most important thing in this type of game.
“It’s really special because we’re all friends. This is the first time we get to be on the bench next to each other and that’s a really awesome thing. With any game but especially this one you have to go about it having fun, and I think that’s really important,” Tierney said.
Big Sky would go on to win, 67-62.
In the boys game, it was much of the same but having all that offensive firepower on each team was a recipe for a high-scoring game. Dillon’s Michael Haverfield led all scorers with 29 points, as his Treasure State team fell to team Big Sky, 112-100.
During halftime of each game there was also a 3-point shooting contest in which Butte’s Ally Cleverly and Drummond’s Jonah Parke took home the wins in that event.