BHS Volleyball v. Helena Capital (copy)

Bozeman's Jo Jo Radick spikes the ball over the net on Aug. 28, 2018, at Bozeman High.

Whenever Bozeman tried to set up its offense, only one way to score worked consistently Tuesday.

The Hawks repeatedly set up outside hitters Sasha Hathaway and Jo Jo Radick, two of their most experienced players. But when forced to score in other ways, Bozeman (1-2) struggled.

Helena High took down the Hawks 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 in straight sets to hand them their second loss in three matches to start the season. The Bengals defended their home court and remained undefeated in six matches.

Radick finished with 10 kills while Hathaway added nine. But Bozeman’s 24 total kills fell short compared to Helena’s 38.

“We just definitely were not able to counteract what they had tonight,” Hawks head coach Ashley Obstar said. “... We couldn’t get an overall game other than our outsides. You can’t beat a really good team if you only have one option. That’s pretty much what happened. They beat us in every single area tonight.”

Molly O’Connor led Bozeman with 15 digs and Emma Fox recorded 22 assists. But the Bengals leaned on 16 kills from Liz Heuiser to lead them to victory.

Despite their second loss, the Hawks are optimistic. They simply didn’t play well enough to win Tuesday, Obstar said.

“To develop more than just (Radick and Hathaway), it’s just going to take reps,” Obstar said. “I’m super confident in the girls that we have.”

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.

Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.