The Wildfire will bring a 2-3 record into Friday’s Region 7 showdown with Heart River.
The Cougars will also bring a mixed record with them to the Mott Amory for the 7 p.m. contest, with a 2-4 record and the only wins coming against Killdeer.
The Wildfire started the season with two wins – beating Linton (66-56) and New England (71-49).
The New England win was in the first round of the Roughrider boys basketball tournament in Dickinson.
The Wildfire’s first loss was to Trinity (68-39) in the second round of the tournament and was followed with a 69-53 loss to Glen Ullin/Hebron in the tournament’s fifth place game.
After the tournament, the Wildfire had a second shot at Glen Ullin/Hebron, but lost the road contest by a narrow 58-54 margin on Dec. 20.
Two weeks later, the Wildfire will be back in action against the Cougars as the Region 7 battles begin in earnest for both teams.
There will be little rest for the Mott-Regent squad after the game as they prepare for a game at Flasher the following evening at 7 p.m.
Then the Mott-Regent squad will travel again Tuesday to play against Killdeer. The Cowboys have gotten off to a 0-6 start.
The closest that the Cowboys have come to winning was against Heart River in the Roughrider tournament where the team lost by one point.
Heading into the first week of 2019, both Glen Ullin/Hebron and Trinity are atop the regional standings with indentical 2-0 records. Hazen, Beulah and Beach are one game behind in the standings, sharing 1-0 records in regional play.
Heart River is 1-1 in the regional standings, followed by six teams tied with identical 0-1 records in regional play.