BUTTE — On Tuesday night, Dillon's Brynley Fitzgerald wore her Dillon uniform for the last time during the girls Southwest Montana All-Star game.
There's plenty of basketball in the future for the Montana State commit, but the moment was bittersweet.
"It's definitely one of the best experiences I've had while I was in high school," Fitzgerald, who scored 17 points in Treasure State's 82-65 loss to Big Sky. "It made my high school experience 10 times better. I met a lot of new people and got to play with my classmates.
"That was probably the best part."
It was the third time the junior had been invited to participate in the Southwest All-Star game and she has enjoyed the experience.
The Big Sky boys won the second All-Star game of the night, 101-94, which featured a three-point shooting contest at halftime. Fitzgerald finished third. Lima's Dax Thornton won the boys' contest, hitting 12 in the final round.
"It's a great atmosphere and you get to play with some of the best kids in the state," Fitzgerald said. "It's awesome and when you get all these kids together, it truly is an All-Star game."
Butte High girls look toward future
With three junior representatives on the Southwest All-Star roster, there's cause for optimism with the Butte High girls basketball team.
Butte went 7-13 this season and were just a single game from making the state tournament. The Bulldogs fell to Great Falls CMR in Western AA Divisional tournament loser-out action.
A win would have put them in the third-place game. It was a disappointing end to the year, but there's quite a bit returning for the Bulldogs.
"We had no seniors on our roster," junior guard Brittany Tierney said. "It was really important for us to build up our program for the future and that includes next year for us.
"Next year we are looking to go to state and are looking to do well there."
Joining Tierney on the roster from Butte High was Aspen Lovshin and Ally Cleverly. Lathan Ricketts and Clay Ferguson were representatives for the Butte boys' team, who also have a chance to take a step forward next season.
It was an enjoyable experience for both teams and something they're looking forward to doing again in the future.
"It was amazing, especially since we've been playing together for so long," Tierney said. "Being able to play with these guys is the best since they're such good teammates."
Whitehall's Feight wills Big Sky to win
Trojan junior Max Feight scored 13 points in the second half to help rally Big Sky to a win.
He made his final five free throws of the game and added a three and a late two-pointer as well. It was part of a back-and-forth second half that saw both teams throw gut punches.
Butte Central's Cade Holter and Aaron Richards both added critical three-pointers as well.
"It's always fun," Feight said. "You kind of goof around for the first part, but towards the end the competitiveness comes out. You want to win."
Anaconda's Hill and Mikalatos have big nights
Anaconda's Trent Mikalatos and Braxton Hill combined to score 37 points in a losing effort for Treasure State.
Mikalatos, a Montana Western signee, and Hill, who will grey shirt at Montana, played their last games in a Copperhead uniform. They'll both leave behind tremendous legacies, as Hill is Anaconda's all-time leading scorer.
The pair also helped lead Anaconda to the state title game last year, though they went 0-2 in the state tournament this season.
"This year was pretty fun and we fought through a lot of adversity," Mikalatos said. "I'm definitely going to miss my teammates and playing in the Snake Pit at home."