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Enjoying some protection from Tamika Guardipee and Abby Bullcalf, Chalissa Kipp works toward a close bucket. Kipp scored seven against Shelby.

The Lady Indians basketball team overcame a last quarter surge by Shelby on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to win the game, 52-48 at the BHS Tipi Dome. Then, in away action in Libby, they held the Lady Loggers to single digits in every quarter to win convincingly, 52-24. They are currently undefeated in the Northwestern A Conference.

In the Shelby game, Coach Ray Augare noted the Lady Indians had difficulty in the final quarter in both making baskets and fouling. Libby, he said, made every free throw that quarter to come within striking distance of Browning, capitalizing on Browning’s mistakes and a technical foul called on account of Browning’s having listed one player’s number incorrectly, costing them five points. Nevertheless, they held on to win by four points.

Tamika Guardipee led the way with 10 points, followed by Tatum Running Crane with nine; Chalissa Kipp seven; Dulci Skunkcap six; Arena Matt, Hailey Racine and Walker Running Crane four; Skyla Wells and Abby Bullcalf three; and Kelsey Mad Plume with two points.

Libby was a different matter as the coach realized they’d lost two of their key players, leaving the Lady Indians with only one shooter to guard. Browning easily out-paced the Lady Loggers, handing them a 28-point defeat.

Dulci Skunkcap led the way in this game, scoring 20, followed by Abby Bullcalf with nine; Tamika Guardipee eight; Payton Crossguns, Hailey Racine and Tatum Running Crane three; and Chalissa Kipp, Arena Matt and Skyla Wells with two points.

This week, the Lady Indians have just one game, to be played in Cut Bank on Friday, Feb. 7, with the JV girls playing at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity tipping off at 6:30 p.m.

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