Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hardin player Mashaya Alden goes for a shot during Saturday’s game with Lodge Grass. Alden made the second most points for Hardin at 10. Lodge Grass player Samantha Hoops looks for a way around Hardin’s Arena Plenty during the teams’ Saturday matchup.

Lady Bulldogs defeat Lodge Grass, falter in Miles City matchup

Saturday had the second matchup of the year between the Class A Lady Bulldog basketball team and the Class B Lodge Grass Lady Indians. The rivalry game was unbalanced in Hardin’s favor as the Bulldogs pulled out a full-court press on the Indians.
By the end, Hardin had more than tripled Lodge Grass’ score at 69-22 and Bulldog guard Karissa DuShane went on a 23-point run against her opponents. Fellow guard Mashaya Alden was second in line with 10.
“They didn’t handle our pressure,” Hardin Head Coach Cindy Farmer said. “We forced a lot of turnovers (14) and got a lot of points off of the turnovers. That helps us, but it limited what they could do.”
Once they moved on to a fellow Class A team, however, the Ladies faltered.
Hardin, Farmer said, wasn’t at its best for Monday evening’s home game against the Miles City Cowgirls. Where they had claimed a 52-35 victory against the Cowgirls two months before, they now struggled to reach half their opponent’s score in the first quarter at 8-16 and the second at 6-12.
According to Farmer, her team wasn’t handling the ball well against the Cowgirls’ full-court press and was giving up too many turnovers. While Miles City had the chance to shoot more than 20 free throws, Hardin only gained the chance for four during the whole game – of which they made one.
“We didn’t come ready to play,” Farmer said. “We were never in sync as a team offensively or defensively; we were out of position.
“We made a run and tied it up the second half, but we need to start like that from the get-go and not dig ourselves that big of a hole.”
The Ladies picked up in the second half, outshooting Miles City 21-13 in the third quarter and 12-8 in the fourth. Unfortunately for the team, the damage had been done and they lost 47-49.
“Even if you’ve beaten the team before, you can’t take anything for granted,” Farmer said. “If we’re going to be a great team, we’ve got to play four quarters.”
The top shooter for the game was DuShane with 12 points, followed by guard Sharmayne Hardy with 11.
The Ladies will play against Belgrade in a home game at 6 p.m. on Friday and against Livingston in an away game at 5 p.m. on Saturday.