The Hamilton Broncs had a heart-breaking loss to the Butte Central Maroons in a loser-out basketball contest Saturday morning at the Western A Divisional in Ronan. Butte went out ahead in the first period 16-9, but Hamilton came back in the second quarter and led by 2 points at the half, 22-20. The lead switched back and forth throughout the rest of the game, with Butte Central leading at the end of three - 32 to 30. The margin between the teams stayed close until the very last with the Maroons edging by the Broncs 41 to 40. Hamilton's season is over and Butte Central goes on to the afternoon consolation game.

Meanwhile, the Hamilton Lady Broncs and the Corvallis Lady Bluedevils are getting ready for a Bitterroot Battle for the Western A Championship game. that game will be around 8:30 p.m. tonight and we'll have the live play-by-play on 1240 AM KLYQ, www.klyq.com and on the free KLYQ cellphone app. Both girls teams will be going to the State A Tournament March 12-14 in Billings.