Browning senior Tatum Running Crane dives on a loose ball Saturday night as Shelby’s Taylor Schilling and Vivi McDermott look to get a piece of it.

The Browning Lady Indians basketball team took the first half of the Saturday, Jan. 2, game in Shelby to warm up to the idea of being a full-on varsity team in 2021. 

“We started slow with the full court press,” Coach Darryl “Poorboy” Croff said. “It worked off and on, but we haven’t played since March and we missed so many layups. One of the coaches counted 10 in the first half.”

The Coyotes outscored Browning, 19-10, in the first quarter, but the Lady Indians gained 15 points in the second quarter to lead by six at halftime.

“We made some adjustments at halftime,” Croff said, resulting in an increased pace, more steals and better shooting. Browning scored 46 points in the second half.

“These are simple things we can fix,” Coach Croff said. “The press really worked, and our goal is to get better each week. We can correct these things in practice, but we have to play all four quarters.”

Tatum Running Crane led the way with 19 points, followed by Mecca Bullchild with 13 and Arena Matt with 10. Abby Bullcalf had eight points, Amari Calf Robe six, Mishayla Croff five, and Chalissa Kipp, Alena Burdeau and Jerel White had two points apiece.

This week, the Lady Indians are on the road again, this time going to Northwestern A rival Libby on Saturday, Jan. 9. Coach Croff says he’s not sure what to expect, but the freshmen will start at 1 p.m., JVs at 2:30 and the varsity plays at 4 p.m.

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