The Cut Bank Lady Wolves dropped a pair of games last weekend as they fell to Class A Browning in a non-conference tilt and to conference foe Choteau. The Lady Wolves will play their first home game since Dec. 12 this weekend as they host Shelby on Friday before traveling to Great Falls Central on Saturday.
Last Friday in Browning the Lady Wolves trailed 19-12 after the opening period. Browning extended their lead to 33-20 at the half after outscoring the Lady wolves 14-8. Cut Bank was outscored 21-11 in the third quarter and Browning took control with a 54-31 lead going into the final stanza as they cruised to the 72-43 victory.
Sienna Spotted Bear led the offense with 12 points followed by Jada Rides at the Door and Aryana Black with 11 apiece. Sadie Pepion rounded out the scoring with nine points.
Saturday the Lady Wolves traveled to Choteau for a conference battle and both team struggled offensively throughout the game with Choteau taking a 9-5 lead after the first quarter. Cut Bank outscored the Bulldogs 7-5 in the second stanza but trailed 14-12 at the half.
The Lady Wolves scored 11 points in the third quarter while holding Choteau to just five and Cut Bank led 23-19 going into the fourth. The Lady Wolves were unable to put the game away in the final eight minutes, as they suffered late turnovers and a missed five of six free throws late, dropping the game 37-29.
Spotted Bear scored eight points in the loss followed by Hannah Fetters with six. Rides at the Door scored five points, Black scored four and Pepion, Jackie Waller and Sam Burke each chipped in two points.
“We hurt ourselves against Choteau,” said head coach Brandon Kavanagh. “We missed a ton of easy looks around the basket and we let that affect us in other areas of the game. Our defense was pretty good for most of the night, but some silly fouls hurt us throughout the game. We need to be more patient in our offense and get ourselves better looks, we were rushing ourselves without much pressure from Choteau.”
The Lady Wolves will host hi-line rival Shelby on Friday with tip off slated for 6:30 and then travel to take on new conference foe Great Falls Central on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip off.
“It will be nice to be home for a game,” said Kavanagh. “We haven’t played in our gym since the first game of the season. Shelby is a tough, veteran team and Great Falls Central is a team we haven’t seen during the regular season before. We will be ready to go and get things turned around after a tough weekend.”