The central race ends in a loss against the Browning girls

MISSOULA – Close the book on the 2021-22 women’s basketball season for Butte Central.

BC’s playoff series — a streak that included 11 games and five wins in underdog situations — ended this afternoon with a 71-63 loss to Browning in the Class A state tournament in Dahlberg Arena. (Statistics)

The loss also closes the book on the remarkable career of head coach Meg Murphy, who is retiring with a 280-237 record and two state championships with the Maroons.

Mecca Bull Child scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Indians, who led 16-12 after the first quarter and 34-22 at halftime.

The Maroons fought to the bitter end, beating the Indians 24-19 after leading 52-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

Amari Calf Robe and Suger Spoonhunter each scored 12 in the victory that sends the Indians to another losing game on Saturday morning. Jerel Whitegrass threw nine.

Brooke Badovinac and Sofee Thatcher combined to score 54 of Butte Central’s 65 points. Badovinac had 30 points to end his junior season with 671 points.

No boy or girl from Butte High School has ever scored more points in a single season than Badovinac, who scored 92 points in three state tournament games.

Thatcher shot 4-for-5 from the 3-point line to score 24 points. Ella Moodry added nine points for BC, which also got game time from Brenna Foley, Payton Hartwick, Maycee Anderson and Mollie Drew.

The Maroons, who were down to just six players on points in the post-season, close the season to remember at 17-12. The loss ends the careers of prep hoops for seniors Thatcher, Foley and Hartwick.