BUTTE — On Thursday, the Class AA boys and girls basketball state tournaments tip off in the Mining City at the Butte Civic Center.
The Butte High girls come in as the No. 2 seed out of the Eastern AA and will match up against a talented Helena High squad. The opportunity itself is something the girls basketball program isn’t necessarily accustomed to. The Bulldogs haven’t seen many trips to a state tournament in past seasons, but they feel ready to put on a show on their home court and in front of their home crowd.
“We really like playing here. It’s like you said, it’s our home court, we tend to play well here. We’re excited to see what we can do,” said head coach Maury Cook. “Get out and run a little bit, see if we can use our speed and our shooting ability to win some games this weekend.”
“I just think it’s a cool way to end it, being able to make it to state, because not a lot of girls teams from Butte High do that. So it’s just nice that we’re the class that got us here,” said senior guard Aspen Lovshin.
Butte faces two-time defending state champion Helena High in Thursday’s opening round, with the contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m.