Lady Beavers slip once, blast Butte Central for third place

The Dillon Lady Beaver defense keyed its run to a third-place finish at the Southwestern A divisional tourney in Butte over the weekend. Holly Anderson (20), applies pressure out front. J.P. Plutt photo

 

The Dillon girls battled back from a second-round loss to finish third at the Southwest A Divisional tourney at the MAC in Butte over the weekend. 

Coach Gabe Walker and his Beaver team finished the regular season in second place in the conference, with a 7-3 record in conference and 11-7 overall mark. They were awarded an opening round bye, along with top seed Hamilton (10-0,15-3) in the tournament.

The Lady Beavs opened up their tourney in the night game against Anaconda on Friday. The Copperheads had earned their way into the second round by beating Corvallis the prior day.

Dillon had been able to handle Anaconda twice earlier in the season, beating the Copperheads the first time by 20 and in the second game by 21 in Dillon in the middle of February.

Since then, the Copperheads had won four straight and were looking to come in and upset Dillon and earn one of the Southwest A’s two spots in the state tournament in Great Falls.

Although it is always a challenge to beat a team three times in one season, the Lady Beavs were up for the task and opened the game with an Audrey Schurg three.

But it was Dillon’s strong defense that made the early difference, as the Beavs held Anaconda scoreless through the first five minutes of the game. 

The first quarter ended with the Beavs connecting on an old-fashioned three by Courtney Linder to give them a 7-3 lead.

The Beavers hit the floor in the second in (wo)man defense, with Schurg drawing the card to guard the Copperheads’ Courtney Moodry. Known as a streaky shooter, Moodry has the ability to get hot and change a game, but it was Anaconda’s Taylor Flynn that put together a nice first half and gave the Copperheads their first lead of the game with just 20 seconds left in the half.

The teams would enter the intermission after a low-scoring defensive battle with the Lady Beavs trailing by one, 13-14.

 

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