Working to keep a handle on the ball, Kelsey Mad Plume kept a grip on things as Tatum Running Crane looked for an opportunity to help Friday against the Havre Blue Ponies.

The Browning Lady Indians won their first game of the week on Jan. 16, traveling to Columbia Falls and edging them by a point, 59-58. Then on Friday, Jan. 17, water issues at Browning High School sent the freshmen, JVs and varsity back to their old digs before 2009, now called Browning Elementary School (BES). The small-seeming gym saw the Blue Ponies out-hustle Browning, holding them to single figures in all but the first quarter, handing them a 55-29 loss.

“We started out good, but then in the second and third quarters they pressed us and we didn’t handle it well,” Coach Ray Augare said of the game in Columbia Falls. We were getting out-rebounded when Tamika Guardipee and Tatum Running Crane came in with 11 rebounds each, and that made big difference down the stretch. The whole team stepped up and did the job.”

Tamika Guardipee led the way with 18 points, followed by Tatum Running Crane with 10, Arena Matt nine, Dulci Skunkcap eight, Kelsey Mad Plume six, and Mecca Bullchild and Walker Running Crane with four apiece.

The next game against Havre at BES “was the complete opposite,” Coach Augare said, noting their opponents played Browning like Browning usually plays its opponents. Only a few Browning players were able to penetrate the Havre defense, much less get the ball to Guardipee underneath.

Dulci Skunkcap led with 12 points, followed by Payton Crossguns and Walker Running Crane with five, Tamika Guardipee three, Tatum Running Crane two, and Chalissa Kipp and Mecca Bullchild with a point.

“It was a good test to see where we’re at,” Coach Augare said. “I was pleased with the Columbia Falls game, but we have to get them to play harder and faster to keep up with great teams.”

This week, the Lady Indians join the Runnin’ Indians in hosting Ronan to a series of games on Friday, Jan. 24. The girls C Squad and JVs will open at Browning Elementary at 2:30 and 4 p.m., respectively. The varsity will play at Browning High School at 5:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Jan. 25, they move over to Whitefish where the C Squad starts at 10 a.m., JVs at 1 p.m., and the varsity plays at 4 p.m.

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