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Pony girls turn away Browning, HHS boys stumble

 

Last updated 2/18/2022 at 7:54am

It was supposed to be a week off for the Havre High boys and girls basketball teams, but with games against Browning postponed last month due to COVID-19, Havre added a makeup date on its schedule.

Those games came Thursday night as the Blue Ponies closed out the regular season with a road trip to face Northwest A rival Browning.

In the girls contest, the Blue Ponies edged the Indians 48-39. The non-conference win gave Havre a 17-1 record for the season, while the Ponies, of longtime head coach Dustin Kraske, finished off another perfect campaign in the Northeast A, a conference the Havre girls have never lost a game in.

On Thursday night, Browning gave the Ponies a tough battle, especially in the second half, after Havre had built a 27-17 halftime lead. In the final 16 minutes, the Indians actually outscored the Ponies 22-21, but, Havre was tough in the closing stretch and was able to put the game away.

Havre senior Sadie Filius led all scorers with a game-high 17 points, while Yelena Miller chipped in with 15 points, and Avery Carlson added 11.

The Havre High girls will be the top seed at next week’s Eastern A Divisional, which runs Wednesday-Saturday at the Metra in Billings.

On the boys side Thursday night, things didn’t go as well for Havre, as the Ponies fell to the Indians 71-58 on Browning’s senior night. Browning came out hot, as Havre fell behind early on, as the Ponies scored just five points in the first stanza and trailed 41-16 at intermission. Havre did shoot the ball much better in the second half, but Browning was too far ahead to allow the Ponies the big comeback. Caden Jenkins led all Ponies with eight points, while fellow senior Caleb Spangler chipped in with seven. Trey Gary, Crawford Terry, Shane Patacsil and Xavier Butler all scored six apiece.

The loss dropped Havre to 7-11 on the season. The Ponies will now head to the Eastern A Divisional, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Metra in Billings.

 

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