Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hardin guard Sharmayne Hardy finds an opening on the way to the basket Friday evening in a matchup with the Belgrade Lady Panthers. Hardy scored the  second most points against Belgrade with 15.Hardin post Aiyana Ereaux fights over the ball with a Belgrade Panther near the beginning of the second period.Hardin guard Mashaya Alden looks for a good spot to pass the ball during Friday evening’s home game against Belgrade’s Lady Panthers.

Lady Bulldogs recover from Miles City loss to pick up two more wins

Hardin’s Lady Bulldog basketball team came off to a strong start Friday in their home game with the Belgrade Panthers that also doubled as their senior night. The team had faltered in the first half of their Feb. 12 game with Miles City – which had resulted in a loss – but they did not make that mistake this time, taking a 64-39 victory.
“When we faced Miles City, we didn’t come out with any intensity,” Hardin Head Coach Cindy Farmer said. “[This time], they came out with the intensity and they maintained it.
“They were focused on what we had to do.”
The Ladies and Panthers matched 3-point shots in the early seconds of the game, and moved on to tie it up at 7 points as both teams went for a player-to-player full-court press. Belgrade pulled ahead momentarily, but ended the first period behind 13-12, thanks to a jump shot by post player Aiyana Ereaux.
In the realm of free throws, the team scored 12, where they had only scored one against Miles City. To bring the score against Belgrade 18-12 in the second period, Hardin post player Marie Five rebounded after a free throw by Ereaux, was fouled herself and sank two more shots.
Hardin’s rebounding was strong in the Belgrade game, with 25 total. Oftentimes, rebounds led to successful shots. Also helpful were Hardin’s 21 steals, eight of which were contributed by guard Sharmayne Hardy.
By the end of the second period, the Ladies led 25-15 and stayed ahead from there on out.
The Belgrade matchup, Farmer said, had a strong showing from both Hardin’s guards and post players. Though guards Karissa DuShane and Hardy were the top shooters at 20 and 15 points respectively, they were supported by posts Five and Ereaux with 10 and 9.
Hardin traveled to Livingston on Saturday for a second game, where they took a while to learn their opponent for a 15-14 score by the end of the first period. Usually, the Rangers play zones, Farmer said, but this time they also used a player-to-player strategy.
Once the Ladies perfected their turnovers, steals and passes, Farmer said, they improved their game and pulled ahead 31-21 by the end of the half.
The Ladies eventually defeated Livingston 69-54.
As in the Belgrade game, Farmer said, the post players did well in backing up the guards.
“It’s what we’ve been missing,” she said. “Overall, we need the points from everywhere – not just the guards and not just the posts.
“We had that in both Belgrade and Livingston.”
The top shooter for the game was Ereaux with 13 points, followed by DuShane with 12, Five with 11 and Mashaya Alden with 10.
Hardin travels to Billings this Thursday for the Eastern Divisional Basketball Tournament. They start by, once again, facing off with Belgrade at noon.