MSU-Northern Lights Basketball Eyes Frontier Conference Tournament

The MSU-Northern Lights basketball team is coming off of the end of the regular season and will head into Frontier Conference Tournament play this week.

New Media Broadcasters caught up with head coach Shawn Huse and he previewed the opponent that the No. 5 seeded Lights will get in the opening round of the tournament, Montana Western. The season series went two games to one in favor of the Bulldogs, but the Lights won the most recent matchup, which was in Dillon.

“We know we can get them because we did the last time we played (them),” Huse said. “Yet, we are respectful of the fact that we didn’t get them the first two times. We know we’ve got to work for it.”

“(Western has) a lot of weapons (and) lots of guys that can put you in some bad situations out there defensively,” Huse continued. “We’re going to have to be on our toes and be ready to go.”

Huse was also asked about the pressure situations of tournament play where a team’s season can come to an end at any point. He said that the lessons learned from the conference season will show his team’s urgency to perform under the most intense circumstances.

“There’s a small margin of error,” Huse said. “We’ve got to be on point with everything.”

“Every stinking play is important the entire game through conference and especially when it’s this time of year where you win or go home,” Huse continued.

The Lights (11-17, 3-12 in the Frontier) will open the 2024 Frontier Conference Basketball Tournament against the No. 4 Montana Western Bulldogs (13-15, 6-9) at 1pm on Thursday. Listen to the game on KPQX-92.5FM and HiLineToday.com.

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