PARK HOOPS PREVIEW: Rangers prep for final conference test against Laurel

The Park Rangers host Laurel tonight at Park High in their final conference game of the regular season. Both the boys and girls have opportunities to positively impact their divisional seeding.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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Entprise photo by Nate Howard

Park’s Sage McMinn leaps for a slam dunk in a game against Townsend on Saturday at Park High.

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Entprise photo by Nate Howard

Park’s Taylor Young collides with a Townsend defender during a game on Saturday at Park High.

Boys

Who?

The Laurel Locomotives (7-6, 0-3) 

When?

6 p.m. Thursday at Park High.

Previous matchup

Rangers – 68  Laurel – 62

What’s at stake?

Breathing room. Laurel marks the sixth and final conference game of the season for the Rangers (8-5, 1-4). With a win, Park would clinch the third seed in the Southeast A conference for Divisionals. A loss would push Laurel ahead of the Rangers with two conference games against Billings Central remaining. In order to control their own destiny, finishing the conference schedule with a win becomes all the more important for the Rangers. The Rangers were undermanned in their last matchup at Laurel, but still picked up the win thanks to 48 combined points from Brendon Johnson and Nick Battrick. With a healthier roster and Laurel traveling to Livingston, look for the Rangers to play aggressive from the start to build an early lead.

 

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Girls

Who?

The Laurel Locomotives (1-2, 9-4)

When?

7:30 p.m. Thursday at Park High. 

Previous matchup

Lady Rangers – 34  Laurel – 53

What’s at stake?

A shot at the third seed. The Lady Rangers (7-6, 0-5) are still searching for their first conference win despite having a winning record on the season. The girls’ Southeast A conference boasts two of the top teams in the state in Hardin and Billings Central, so a conference win would go a long way for confidence. A win gives the Lady Rangers a chance to squeeze into the third seed if they finish their nonconference schedule strong and Laurel drops both of their remaining conference games against Billings Central. Park’s recent focus has been on flow. Their defense consistently shows up to play and when their offense shows up they can be a dangerous team. Look for ball movement on offense to get open looks for their scorers. 

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