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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks opens with Lodge Grass


February 27, 2019

Melissa Jenkins/Three Forks Voice

Three Forks students cheer on the Wolves at the 5B District Tournament.

It will be a battle of two high-level teams when the Three Forks High School boys basketball team opens the Southern B Divisional Tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. against Lodge Grass.

The two teams battled in the divisional final last year with the Wolves (15-5) picking up a 69-56 victory. Three Forks Head Coach Terry Hauser said his team only lost three players off last year's team and have four players who played against the Indians in 2018. He believes this is only going to help their chances.

"It makes a big difference playing teams that play and press like they do because as much as you rep it in practice it is completely different than the actual game. We were fortunate to play Colstrip and Lodge Grass last year. Experience and leadership will take you a long way in the tournaments and we have both," he said.

The Wolves will also have Payden Lynn in the starting lineup against Lodge Grass. He missed the matchup last year after injuring his foot during the divisional semifinals against Roundup.

"He (Lynn) has expressed to me several times the eagerness he has built up for Thursday night," Hauser said.

Looking towards the matchup Thursday at the Metra Park Arena, Hauser knows his team has to play up-tempo with the Indians but need to do so in a disciplined manner.

"We can't take bad shots and get sloppy because that is exactly what they will want us to do. They want to make you play their style of basketball. We need to have 12 or fewer turnovers and step up defensively. If we can hold them under 60 points, I believe that will be enough to beat them. Transition defense and communicating will be key, something we have been drilling in practice every day," he said.

Hauser also knows there will be a huge pro Wolves crowd in the stands in Billings.

"Our community is amazing. I tell the kids all the time how lucky and blessed they are to be able to play basketball at Three Forks. I also thank God regularly for giving me the privilege of coaching here and being able to be a part of these kids' lives. In fact, Saturday night (February 16 at the 5B District Tournament against Big Timber) was one of those moments during warm ups when I looked around and saw so many fans and all those familiar faces that I've seen supporting us all year. No one in the state packs a gym like we do in Red and White. It's always a tremendous advantage for us and I know nothing will change for Divisionals. We will have a great crowd that's just part of Three Forks basketball," he said.


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