The Lady Indians started the season with two wins last week, beating Shelby at home on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 66-38, then moving on to the All American Indian Shootout in Billings on Thursday, Dec. 9, to overwhelm Mandaree, North Dakota, 68-22. However, Hardin proved their undoing in Billings, handing Browning a 74-42 defeat.
“I have to give credit to Shelby,” Coach Darryl “Poorboy” Croff said. “With illness and injuries, they still got six players up here.”
Mecca Bullchild led the Lady Indians with 25 points, followed by Amari Calf Robe-Thomas with nine, Kalcie Connelly eight, Jerel Whitegrass seven, Kinsely Bird and Brailey Racine four, Natalee St. Goddard three, and Susan Connelly, Brooke Blue and Tashlynn Lazyboy with two points each.
The Lady Indians had a similar encounter with their North Dakota rival at the Shootout.
“They only had six girls there,” Coach Croff said. “Their boys had to drop out because of COVID-19. We beat them pretty bad, but they played better the next day.”
Against Hardin, it was a different story altogether.
“It’s going to take some more work,” Coach Croff said. “We wanted to see how we matched up. We had some good spots but more bad than good. Every time we play them they beat us. Hardin’s a tough team; they’re really physical and we’re not there yet. I told them [my team] if they want to get there, they’ll have to find a way to beat them…at around the middle of the fourth quarter we looked like we should have looked in the first.”
This week, the Lady Indians host Columbia Falls on Friday, Dec. 17, when the freshmen start at 4:15, JVs at 5:45 and the varsity plays at 7:15 p.m. Then on Saturday, Dec. 18, they join the Runnin’ Indians in hosting Ronan. The girls varsity starts at 1 p.m.
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