Bad quarter dooms Killdeer girls in defeat vs. New Town

Pat Merriman/Dunn County Herald

Karly Bang attempts a free throw during the Cowboys’ 54-51 double overtime loss to Heart River in the 41st Annual Roughrider Tournament at Killdeer School.

Another bad quarter proved costly for the Killdeer girls basketball team, in a 74-56 game against New Town that was nip-and-tuck until the third quarter.


New Town, one of the teams receiving votes in the NDAPSSA Class B polls this week, blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring Killdeer 23-10. That third-quarter explosion stretched a 5-point intermission lead to 62-44 heading into the final stanza.

Trae Murray exploded for Killdeer with another double-double, scoring a season-high 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and a pair of steals.

Sydney Andersen, who had the hot hand with double-digit scores in each of the three games last week in the 41st Annual Girls Roughrider Tournament, was held to seven points but dished out six assists.

The Cowboys, now 1-4 after losing their third game in a row, struggled from the free throw line, making just 13 of 27 shots.

Things started well for Killdeer in the tournament with a blowout win before two heart-breaking losses put them in fourth place.

They opened with a convincing 63-28 victory over Richardton-Taylor in the first round. Trae Murray and Sydney Andersen led the way with 15 points each. The 63-point effort was the highest in the entire tournament.

But a few moments of inconsistency plagued the Cowboys in the semifinals and third-place game.

Killdeer raced out to an 11-2 lead after the first quarter in the semifinals against Heart River, but the Cougars rallied for a 54-51 double-overtime victory.

Andersen led the way with 16 points and six steals, while Murray had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The deciding factor, however, came from the free throw line, where the Cowboys made just eight  of 23 free throws.

In the third-place game, Bowman County rallied in the second half for a 46-44 victory. The Cowboys, however, had a nightmarish third quarter where they were outscored 15-0 that turned a 19-12 halftime lead to a 27-19 deficit.

Andersen led the Cowboys with 22 points, including four treys, while Hansen had seven points but pulled down 14 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.

Watford City repeated as tournament champion, defeating Heart River 42-33 in the title game.

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