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Blue Ponies end regular season on a strong note

In its final games of the regular season, the Havre High girls basketball team were looking to keep up their winning ways heading into the postseason. At Havre High Gymnasium Friday night, the Blue Ponies looked good with a 72-24 win over Fairfield. Then on the road Saturday, the Ponies survived in overtime to win, 60-57, against Browning.

The Ponies started their weekend on Friday night with their game against Fairfield. With it being their last game at Havre High Gymnasium this season, the Ponies held their senior night to honor the likes of Yelena Miller, Avery Carlson, Lizzi Haney, Molly Huse and Danni Wirtzberger for their contributions to the program.

With it being the last home game of the year, the Ponies started strong with six straight points to take the lead. It was all seniors as Haney, Miller and Carlson each scored during the run. After Fairfield scored, Huse and Miller kept scoring to push the lead to 10-2. Sierra Parker then made a layup and one free throw to make it a 13-2 game.

The Eagles made a pair of buckets to cut their deficit to 13-6. However, Amaya Jarvis and Tierra Parker made a pair of baskets to give Havre a 17-6 lead to end the first quarter. The Ponies carried that momentum into the start of the second with a 9-0 run. Ariana Gary got going with a pair of baskets while Carlson knocked down a 3-pointer to give Havre a 26-6 lead.

The Eagles eventually scored in the second quarter, but were unable to wrangle away momentum. The Ponies continued to roll through the end of the half to build themselves a 39-18 lead.

Even with the big lead in the second half, the Ponies kept pouring it on to remove any doubt. By the end of the third, the Ponies had a 57-22 lead. In the fourth, both teams put in their bench players and milked the clock.

The Ponies had a tougher fight Saturday when they played Browning on the road. It was a tough game early on as the Ponies and Indians fought to an 11-11 tie in the first quarter. It remained a competitive game in the second quarter, but the Ponies pulled ahead to take a 22-17 lead into halftime.

The Ponies started the third quarter on an 8-0 run to stretch their lead to 30-17. However, the Indians came back to cut their deficit to 35-29 heading to the fourth quarter. The Indians then grabbed momentum in the fourth to tie the game, 50-50, and force overtime.

It continued to be a competitive game in overtime, but the Ponies were able to pull ahead to win and end Browning's undefeated season. Jarvis led the Ponies with 18 points while Carlson scored 14. With the win, the Ponies finished the season with a 14-4 record and they enter the postseason on a nine-game winning streak.

The HHS girls basketball team will take some time off before beginning the postseason with the Eastern A Divisional in Billings starting on Feb. 21.

Havre 72, Fairfield 24

FAI - 6 12 4 2 - 24

HAV - 17 22 18 15 - 72

Havre 60, Browning 57, OT

HAV - 11 11 13 15 10 - 60

BRW - 11 6 12 21 7 - 57

HAV - Amaya Jarvis 18, Avery Carlson 14, Yelena Miller 9, Tierra Parker 7, Ariana Gary 6, Kyanna Jarvis 4, Sierra Parker 2.

BRW - Lish Spoonhunter 14, Mecca Bullchild 13, Jerel White Grass 10, Kalcie Connelly 10, Amari Calfrobe 6, Natalee St. Goddard 2, Teslin Trombley 2.


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