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Blue Pony girls sweep Central A rivals

 

December 17, 2018

Belgrade News/Dan Chesnet

Havre's Kassidy Compton goes up for a shot during a Central A girls game between the Blue Ponies and Belgrade Panthers Saturday in Belgrade. Havre won both of its road games this weekend. The Blue Ponies play in Malta Tuesday night, before returning home to host CMR Friday.

The Havre High girls basketball team is used to being in the driver's seat in the Central A conference and after back-to-back road wins against Livingston and Belgrade, two Central A opponents, HHS appears to be the team to beat again.

Havre opened the weekend in Livingston, where the Blue Ponies would take on the Rangers. The game wasn’t competitive for long as Havre scored 45 first-half points. Yet, HHS blew things up in the third and in the fourth quarter, the clock was running due to the mercy rule in a 70-27 victory. Havre then followed it up with their fourth consecutive win of the season, defeating Belgrade 63-48 Saturday in Belgrade.

“Yeah, we played pretty well against Livingston,” HHS head coach Dustin Kraske said. “We didn’t play our best on Saturday, but it was a good weekend. We did what we needed to do.”

In the first game of the trip against Livingston, the Ponies burst out of the gates with 22 points in the first quarter and 23 in the second to build a 45-18 halftime lead. Then, Havre outscored the Rangers 17-2 to start the third quarter and soon, the mercy rule was in effect. Havre finished with four players in double figures as Loy Waid had 14, Jessa Chvilicek and Katie Wirtzberger each had 12 in addition to 10 points from Kadia Miller.

“We just played really well against Livingston,” Kraske said. “The kids were really running the floor and we were passing the ball ahead. We passed the ball around and made layups. We played incredibly well.”

After dominating Livingston, Havre played on the road against Belgrade for the last time in Class A as the Panthers will move up to Class AA next season. And in one of the final conference meetings between the longtime rivals, the Ponies shrugged off a similar halftime lead, 23-21, to roll to the 63-48 victory. Kyndall Keller scored 21 points in the win, while Waid added 12, reaching double figures for the second straight night. Miller also contributed with eight. Belgrade’s Gabby Weber scored 24 points in a losing effort.

“Loy did a really nice job,” Kraske said. “But she has barely scratched the surface of what she can do. But yeah she shot the ball well and did some other nice things. The sky is the limit for her in what she can do.”

After knocking off Livingston and Belgrade, the Ponies will now play their fourth road game in five outings in Malta Tuesday night. The M-Ettes will host Havre fresh off a 65-32 win over Poplar and will be led by Kelbee Denham and Kyleigh Schipman, two returning players, along with Erica Smith and Khloe Marks, who scored 13 and 11 points in the win over Poplar Saturday.

“We have to do a better job of running the floor,” Kraske said. “We did that really well against Livingston and hardly did that at all Saturday. We have to rebound the basketball better and just sit down and defend in the halfcourt. It’s kind of fun that we have a lot of things to work on for us.”

Havre 70, Livingston 27

Havre 22 23 19 6 - 70

Livingston 9 9 6 3 - 27

Livingston - Rylean Floyd 4, K. Vondra 6, S. Schoenen 3, Taylor Watts 1, Rainna Floyd 1, Abby Kokot 8, Danielle Babcox

Havre - Kyndall Keller 6, Kassidy Compton 6, Loy Waid 14, Kadia Miller 10, Jessa Chvilicek 12, Katie Wirtzberger 12, Lauren Kato 8, Britton Paulsen 2. 29 8-12 70.

Havre 63, Belgrade 48

Havre 13 10 19 21 - 63

Belgrade 7 14 14 13 - 48

HAVRE (4-0) - Sam Oliver 0 0-0 0, Kyndall Keller 6 8-9 21, Kylie Walker 0 0-0 0, Kassidy Compton 1 2-4 4, Loy Waid 4 4-6 12, Abbey Morse 0 0-0 0, Kadia Miller 4 0-0 8, Jessa Chvilicek 2 0-0 6, Sadie Filius 0 2-2 2, Katie Wirtzberger 1 2-2 4, Lauren Kato 1 2-6 4, Britton Paulson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 20-29 63.

BELGRADE (2-3) - Bella Pacheco 0 0-0 0, Taylor Christensen 1 1-2 3, Vada Barkell 0 0-0 0, Meghan McGinley 3 0-0 7, Hazel Eaton 0 1-3 1, Gabby Weber 9 4-7 24, Bailey Christensen 2 1-2 5, Sophia Flikkema 0 0-0 0, Gracey Carter 0 0-0 0, McKenna Carlson 1 4-6 6, Cheyann Tooman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 11-22 48.

3-point goals: 3 (Chvilicek 2, Compton 1), Bel 3 (Weber 2, McGinley 1).

 

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