Butte Central Product Commits to Playing Women’s Basketball at Montana Tech | Montana Tech

BUTTE – Nothing beats the feeling of playing at home.

Butte Central forward Brooke Badovinac, like any gym student, knows what it means to play at home.

“I’ve had offers from Carroll College, Montana Western, Montana Northern, and MSU billings,” Badovinac said. “It came down to tech because it’s home. There is nothing better than being at home. It feels great to finally be decided.”

The versatile Maroon announced her intention to play basketball for head coach Jeff Graham and his Montana Tech Orediggers women’s basketball team in a ceremony at Butte Central Catholic High School Wednesday afternoon.

“Today is a celebration, not just for Brooke, but for Butte High School basketball,” Graham told those attending the ceremony. “We had missed out on Mollie (Drew) and Hattie (Merhring) but we are so glad Brooke signed with us. We were very lucky!”

It was a great start to Butte Central head coach Quinn Carter’s first season at the helm of Maroons girls’ basketball. Carter was an assistant who learned from longtime Butte Central and Montana Tech head coach Meg Murphy.

“Brooke has not only been a huge part of the Maroons’ athletic program, she is an incredible asset to Butte Central,” Carter said. “We’re getting four more years of Brooke in our community.”

Badovinac has had a solid season, earning a Southwest “A” Honorable Mention for Becky Hancock’s Maroon volleyball team, and is excited for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

“I’m really looking forward to this basketball season,” said Badovinac. “Because it’s my last year and I’m playing with my friends. We have a number of new kids coming in and it’s going to be a learning year. With Coach Quinn as their new coach, I’m happy for them. I believe that together we can build something great. I really believe in her coaching skills. I think it’s going to be a great year.”

Graham beamed from ear to ear when asked what brings Badovinac to court.

“She’s a great kid and a selfless goalscorer,” Graham said. “Our concern is to do our best to keep the local children here, especially when their family is a tech. If we get a goalscorer who is altruistic, that’s a bonus.”

“I believe in what Coach Graham is doing,” Badovinac said. “He’s building something great at Tech.”

Carter will have Badovinac as one of the senior leaders in her program, which will be a key factor for a young team. You can rely on Mehring and Maycee Anderson, both multi-sport athletes as well.

“It’s going to be a big start with the tip next weekend,” Carter said. “We look forward to getting this season underway.”

Badovinac thanked her family, teammates, friends and coaches who have guided her on her sports career path.

“I want to thank Coach Meg Murphy for my first three years and Quinn for coming this year,” Badovinac said. “I wouldn’t be here without the coaches and games on my team who have incredibly pushed me every day to be the basketball player I want to be. I’m really thankful for everyone involved.”

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