After a slow start to the season, the Havre High boys basketball team was looking to ride a two-game winning streak into what the Blue Ponies are hoping is another successful weekend.
But Havre will only get one chance to win this weekend.
The winter storm that slammed into Montana Thursday morning has forced the postponement of tonight's game between the Ponies and Browning in Browning. The game will be made up but no date has been set as of yet according to Havre High Activities Director Dennis Murphy.
The Central A Ponies started the season 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference. But after earning their first win of the season last Friday, and following with another win on Saturday, the Ponies find themselves sitting at 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Tonight, the Ponies were slated to face the conference Browning Indians in Browning at 7. And on Saturday night, the Ponies will host the Class B Conrad Cowboys at 5 p.m. at the Havre High gymnasium. Murphy said Friday morning the Conrad game is still on, but game times could be adjusted.
The Ponies have a well balanced scoring attack as well, one that keeps improving with each game. Dane Warp, Thurman Holdsclaw, and Kade Rismon lead the way, but guards Brian Smith, Nate Rismon, and Ramsey Drew have stepped up immensely in recent games. Warp is averaging just under 15 points per game, while Kade Rismon is averaging over 10 per game.
This balanced attack will lead the way against Browning as well as Conrad.
Cameron Janzen, Austin Zomer, and Devin VandenBos lead the Cowboys. Conrad lost a lot of talent last season due to graduation, but they should still challenge the Ponies. They are playing well thus far, and while they are below .500 overall, they are 2-2 in the 1B. They were defeated by Browning earlier in the season by just eight points, proving they can run with talented teams, Class B or not.
“They (Cowboys) are a solid team and are they are well coached by Tyson Anderson,” HHS head coach Curt Leeds said. “For us to be successful, it just comes down to execution.”
Turnovers should play a heavy role in this weekend’s matchups. This season the Ponies have won two games, turning the ball over less than 15 times in both. In the games they have lost, they have turned the ball over more than 15 times. HHS will make a conscious effort to keep the turnover totals to below 15 this weekend.
At press time Friday morning, Havre's game with Conrad was still set to take place Saturday at 5 p.m. at the HHS gymnasium.