Park girls lose to Havre, drop to 0-4 in conference play

By: 
Neil Patrick Healy
New coach, similar problems for Park High girls basketball, as the Rangers have dropped five of the last six games with Friday’s 47-36 loss to the Havre Blue Ponies.
 
Interim head coach Erik Jorgenson was tasked with guiding the Rangers through the remainder of the season after former head coach Scott Coleman’s abrupt resignation Tuesday, with his first game coming against undefeated, first place Havre.
 
“I feel like the greatest challenge from the week was getting the girls back focused on basketball,” Jorgenson said. “It was a tough week for all of us, so as you can imagine the focus was lacking at times.  I feel that once we got back to actually playing basketball things came together fairly well.”
 
The game started off well enough for the Rangers, only trailing 25-21 at halftime and they were able to keep it tight through most of the second half, but they couldn’t quite get over the hump. Two times in the third quarter, Park had cut the lead to single digits when Havre went on runs to put the score back to double digits. Park was never able to get back in striking distance in the fourth quarter, leaving Havre to secure the win. 
 
“Havre is an excellent team, one of the best in the state,” Jorgenson said. “They are experienced and simply respond to people making runs with a run of their own. They are well coached and don’t easily get rattled.  I felt like we made a good run to close the first half down only four and they came out in the second half and hit a couple of big shots to create a little spread … They are a very good team that knows how to get a lead and keep it.”
 
Park’s offense struggled to put points on the board, with no individual scoring in double figures. Freshman standout guard Kodie Vondra, Park’s leading scorer, was held to four points, with Shania Johnson’s nine points leading the team. The Rangers also failed to get anything going from the free throw line, going a mere 1-for-2 from the line. 
 
For Havre, seniors Kaylee Nystrom and Ryen Olson were the game leaders with 14 and 11 points, respectively. 
 
The Rangers fall to 3-9 and 0-4 in conference play, but will look to right the ship this weekend on the road when they take on Townsend Friday and Beaverhead County Saturday. 
 

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