Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hardin senior Codi Small drives through Laurel defenders at Friday’s home game, where Hardin took the lead in the first period and maintained it until the end for a 59-48 victory.

Hardin boys take down Laurel and Sidney in back-to-back shootouts

Hardin’s Bulldogs played against Laurel and Sidney last week in two competitive, back-to-back basketball games on Friday and Saturday. They didn’t win easily, as both teams kept with them across the court. 
Against Laurel’s Locomotives at home, the Bulldogs pulled a 15-9 lead in the first half, but their opponents maintained close period totals thereafter at 13-11, 16-16 and 15-12. Senior David Evans helped them pull through that game, racking up 27 points for the Bulldogs.
They defeated the Locomotives by 11 points at 59-48, though the game left them sore for the match against Sidney’s Eagles the following day.
“We were kind of tired and you could tell,” Hardin Head Coach Andrew Round Face said. “Our shots weren’t falling and we had a really slow start to the game.”
Unlike the Laurel game, Hardin fell behind at the start of the first period, ending behind the Eagles 8-13. This time, it was sophomore Famous Lefthand’s turn to keep the Bulldogs afloat. As with Evans the previous day, he also scored 27 points for the game.
By the Period 4 buzzer, the Bulldogs had caught up, tying the game 54-54. By the end of overtime, they pulled ahead for a 66-63 victory.
“We were lucky enough to force overtime,” Round Face said. “The way we played, I felt like we should have been down by a lot more instead of being up around half time.”
The Bulldogs will be playing Shepherd at home on Friday, followed by an away game against Billings Central on Saturday.