Recent Froid graduate Morgan Mason remembers that her high school basketball career didn’t start off with a bang. As a freshman, the Froid-Lake RedHawks lost the play-in game to even be able to compete at the district tournament.
But things changed dramatically after that for the basketball program with Mason’s leadership ability playing a vital role. The RedHawks qualified for three straight state tournaments including a third-place showing in her senior year.
“It was kind of crazy after the first year,” Mason said. “It became a constant goal to make it better and improve. Each year, we did better and that was important to us.”
Mason has recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball for MSU-Northern in Havre, but she will certainly think back fondly of her high school basketball career. She earned All-Conference honors in her last three years and was an All-State selection as a junior and senior.
“I was certainly blessed with the coaches and teammates that I had,” Mason said. “They made it like a sport should be – very enjoyable.”
Each of her last three basketball seasons for the RedHawks were special in their own right.
During her sophomore season, the squad qualified for the state girls basketball tournament for the first time in the Froid-Lake co-op’s history.
“We really surprised people and got the community into it,” Mason remembers. “A lot of people got excited about girls basketball.”
Then in her junior season, the RedHawks continued their new winning tradition with a repeat trip to the state tournament.
As a senior, Mason helped the team win the Eastern C divisional championship and a third-place trophy at the state level.
“That was great to end on a high note,” she said.
She is proud of the respect that the program now carries. “The elementary grade girls are even getting excited about playing. It was a complete turnaround”
After the state tournament, Mason was still undecided about her collegiate career. That changed when the Northern coach saw her play in the HIT tournament held in Havre.
“He liked my toughness and leadership,” Mason said about the Skylights’ coach.
Mason plans to major in physical education with an emphasis in coaching.
Although she hopes to make a difference for Northern as a point guard, she won’t soon forget her high school athletic accomplishments.
“I hope we left some history and great memories,” Mason said. “I can talk about it now until I get old.”