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The Butte Central boys' basketball team fell to Hamilton for the second time this season, 60-43.

The Maroons are now 10-4 on the season and 5-3 in Southwestern A Conference play. It's the second loss in a row for Central, who fell to Belgrade in a non-conference game earlier in the week.

Hamilton led the Maroons 30-19 at halftime.

Hamilton 46, Butte Central 41

The Maroons had chances late, but couldn't quite pick up a victory over the Broncs.

Hamilton outscored Central by 11 points in the second half and stayed perfect in Southwestern A Conference play. The Broncs win broke a four-game Central win streak and improve to 13-1. The Maroons are now 10-4 (5-3 SW).

“I thought we played well in the first half, and then they put pressure on our guards in the third quarter and we lost our composure a little bit," Central head coach Meg Murphy said. “It was a game that was within our control and couldn’t make a bucket when we needed to make a bucket.”

Kloie Thatcher had 15 points for Central, while Megan Michelotti — who was battling the flu — had seven. Olivia Bolton and Tricia Joyce both had eight points.

Cariann Kunkel led Hamilton with 18 points, which was a game high.

The free throw line came into play during the game, as the Broncs had 19 total attempts, making eight of them. The Maroons had just nine, making five.

While the loss does hurt Central's chances at a conference title — the Maroons are now three games back — they don't seem to be phased and Murphy called it a "good road test."


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