Predators to close out strong seasons
Both Fox Creek High School varsity basketball teams are headed to the playoffs.
For the boys' team (15-6, 10-0 Region 4-A) it has been a very strong year. The team has dominated Region 4-A with 10 straight wins, including a hard fought victory at Ridge Spring-Monetta 62-57.
Chris Harmon had 19 points in the win and Brandyn Quiller also had 17. The Predators had a 20 point lead before the Trojans started chipping away.
"The Ridge Spring boys never gave up, they were real scrappy," Fox Creek head coach Andre Baskett said. "It was just like the first game. It's a big win though."
The previous matchup, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, was a 59-57 victory for the Predators.
"We got a little tired and we need to learn to play with a cushion," Baskett said. "That's our next goal, to learn how to work and run the clock."
The Predators have clinched the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, which the team has scheduled its first round game at home at Riverview Park Activities Center for Feb. 12.
Baskett said that he believes that his team will be hosting one of Great Falls, Lamar or McBee, who are currently jockeying for the fourth seed.
In the meantime, the team is looking to close out the year with a perfect region record. It's slate for the week was to have included a matchup with Blackville-Hilda on Tuesday and a showdown with Williston-Elko on Thursday. Both games are at home for the Predators at Sweetwater Baptist Church.
"We're just taking it one game at a time, we've already accomplished one goal and I just remind them about another goal we had (the perfect region record)," Baskett said. "It's going to be tough, but we're playing to win."
Though the Fox Creek girls lost, they also have punched their ticket to the playoffs. It is the first time in school history that a girls basketball team has made the playoffs.
The Predators (9-10, 7-3) fell at Ridge Spring-Monetta 30-28. The Lady Trojans are undefeated in the region and clinched the No. 1 seed.
"It was a good ballgame all the way through," Fox Creek head coach Richard Brady said. "We had a four-point lead at one time and we were right there at the end. We had the ball with 18 seconds to go and missed two or three shots. It was hard fought."
Stefanie Bloedel had 12 points, Keiana Green had six and Dominique Moore also matched her with six points to nearly lead the Predators to an upset. Despite the loss, however, Brady was proud of his team.
"We're excited about accomplishing our goal, but now we want to get a home playoff game," he said. "We also want a winning season, the closest the program has gotten was an 11-11 record a few years ago."
The Predators can head into the playoffs anywhere between No. 2 and No. 4. The two teams they play this week, Blackville-Hilda and Williston-Elko, are the other team teams vying for those spots.
"We have to be ready to play, but our girls will play hard," Brady said. "We're excited about the opportunity to go out and play ball."