Crane tops Butte Falls in playoffs

February 27, 2014

CRANE — Emmitt Bateman recorded 16 points and Jared McGonagle went for five points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks for Butte Falls in a 42-31 loss to Crane in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs at Crane High on Wednesday.

Bateman knocked down four 3-pointers against Crane (14-11), which jumped out to a 12-3 lead after the first quarter.

Tyler Opie had 14 points against the Loggers (13-11), who trailed 24-12 at halftime.

BUTTE FALLS (31) — E. Bateman 16, Givens 6, J. McGonagle 5, L. McGonagle 2, W. Bateman 2, Sutton 0, Cool-Hunsaker 0, Marley 0. Totals: 13 1-6 31.

CRANE (42) — Opie 14, M. Witzel 6, N. Witzel 5, Hammond 5, Landon 7, Starbuck 5, Mims 0, Valentine 0. Totals: 16 12-19 42.

Butte Falls 3 9 12 7 — 31

Crane 12 12 6 12 — 42

3-point goals — Butte Falls 4 (E. Bateman 4), Crane 4 (Opie 3, Starbuck 1). Fouled out — Givens. Technical foul — J. McGonagle.