PREP HOOPS WEEKEND PREVIEW: Rangers face non-conference foes in rematches

The high school basketball season has reached crunch time. With the postseason fast approaching, the games become more important as the playoff picture is getting clearer every day.
By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, January 30, 2020
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Enteprise photos by Ryan Peerboom

Park’s Brendon Johnson lowers his shoulder and drives to the hoop against Hardin last week at Park High.

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Enteprise photos by Ryan Peerboom

Shania Johnson stops to set up the offense in a game against Butte Central earlier this year at Park High.

Boys

Who?

• The Fergus Eagles (4-8, 2-3) (2-10, 2-3)

• The Broadwater (Townsend) Bulldogs (2-7, 2-2) (3-7, 0-4)

When?

• Fergus: 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Lewistown.

• Broadwater: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Park.

Previous matchup

Rangers - 57 Fergus – 53

Rangers - 69 Broadwater – 51

What’s at stake?

Experience. With two out of conference opponents this week, the Rangers can hope to gain some valuable experience before the postseason. Of course, the Rangers would prefer to repeat their results from earlier in the season and notch two wins. The Rangers have a bonafide group of senior leaders. A non-conference matchup gives the Rangers an opportunity to get younger players more time on the floor. A win against Laurel next week keeps the Rangers alive for the two-seed in the Southeast conference.

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Girls

Who?

• The Fergus Eagles (4-8, 2-3) (2-10, 2-3)

• The Broadwater (Townsend) Bulldogs (2-7, 2-2) (3-7, 0-4)

When?

• Fergus: 5 p.m. on Friday in Lewistown.

• Broadwater: 6 p.m. on Saturday at Park.

Previous matchup

Lady Rangers – 46 Fergus - 22

Lady Rangers – 69 Broadwater - 35

What’s at stake?

Momentum. The Rangers play in one of the toughest conferences in Montana for Class A. If the Lady Rangers can take care of business like they did earlier this year, then Park can carry momentum into next week’s important game against Laurel where they can improve their conference standing before the end of the regular season. The Rangers defense has been a constant driving force this season, so getting the offense going will help them in the long run.

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