Lady Bulldogs fall short during state tournament
The Hardin Lady Bulldogs faced last year’s state champions, the Havre Blue Ponies, in their first match of the state tournament on March 5, starting off in a point-for-point clash. This was the first time the Hardin Lady Bulldogs have qualified for state since the 2004-05 season.
The lead changed eight times and two teams tied on 11 occasions throughout the game. One of said ties ended the first quarter 13-13.
In the second quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were able to jump ahead by 3 points, ending that particular bout 31-28. The third quarter was similar to the first, ending in a tie of 41-41.
Individually, senior Darrelyn Left Hand achieved the high score for the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points and 3 assists. The second highest personal score was Evanna Wallace who tallied 7 points and 1 steal, along with by Shakoya Fredricks racking up 7 points and 1 assist.
In the beginning of the final quarter, the Lady Bulldogs were ahead, with three minutes left of the clock, but the Blue Ponies held the ball, causing the Bulldogs to foul in order to get the ball back. As a team, the Blue Ponies made 31 of 40 free throws.
Ultimately the Blue Ponies took home the victory, winning by 10 points with a score of 54-64.
“The girls played so hard,” said Head Coach Cindy Famer. “They fought till the final buzzer.”
On Friday, the Ladies played their second tournament game against the Frenchtown Broncs. It started slow, letting the Broncs gain a 13 point lead in the first quarter and making it difficult for the Lady Bulldogs to get ahead, ending the quarter 21-8. The Lady Bulldogs sank 19 points in the second quarter for a 33-27 score.
Again, senior Left Hand scored in the double digits with 31 points and 1 assist. Left Hand was selected for the first team All Conference, first team All State and the first All State team, along with point guard Jael Birdinground who was selected for the second All Conference team.
Senior Chelsea Pretty Paint also managed to score in the double digits for the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and 3 assists.
By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Broncs were only 1 point ahead, ending the quarter 41-42.
In the final fourth, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to keep the ball, letting the Lady Broncs win by 4 points ending the game 68-64.
“I’m so proud of them and how far they have come since the first game of the season,” said Farmer.