Bowman knocks Killdeer away from regional play

For Killdeer girls head basketball coach Sarah Doe, she might feel like the Bowman County Bulldogs have their day more often than not.

Killdeer junior Ashley Brew (4) starts the fastbreak for the Cowgirls during opening round action at the Region 7 Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson Monday evening. Bowman County eliminated Killdeer, 62-54. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Herald)
Killdeer junior Ashley Brew (4) starts the fastbreak for the Cowgirls during opening round action at the Region 7 Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson Monday evening. Bowman County eliminated Killdeer, 62-54. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Herald)
Bowman County senior Haley Sabe (2) passes the ball over the outstretched arms of Killdeer senior Morgan LeMieux (22) during the fourth quarter of the first round game at the Region 7 Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson Monday evening. Bowman County won 62-54, eliminating the Cowgirls from the playoffs. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Herald)
Bowman County senior Haley Sabe (2) passes the ball over the outstretched arms of Killdeer senior Morgan LeMieux (22) during the fourth quarter of the first round game at the Region 7 Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson Monday evening. Bowman County won 62-54, eliminating the Cowgirls from the playoffs. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Herald)

 

By EDDIE HIBBS III

For the Herald

Posted March 15, 2013

DICKINSON – Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, once said, “Every dog must have his day.”

For Killdeer girls head basketball coach Sarah Doe, she might feel like the Bowman County Bulldogs have their day more often than not.

Bowman County outscored Killdeer 29-13 in the final 17 minutes of Monday’s Class B Region 7 Tournament en route to a 62-54 win. It was the second time this season Bowman County rallied from a sizeable deficit to defeat Killdeer. This time, though, it eliminated the Cowgirls from the playoff picture.

“We lost the momentum we had,” Doe said. “Foul trouble might have put a little bit of a mental stop at our abilities.”

Bowman County had a tremendous advantage at the charity stripe, attempting 32 free throws (including 18 in the second half). However, the Lady Bulldogs made only 18 (56 percent). The Cowgirls attempted only six free throws, making three (50 percent).

“I think the difference for us we had some aggressive play on offense early,” Fisher said. “They got into some foul trouble. We didn’t shoot great from the free-throw line, but we got there a lot.”

Neither team could pull away from the other early. A fastbreak basket by sophomore Kaylee Heinrich gave the Lady Bulldogs their largest lead of the first quarter at 7-4 at the 4:34 mark, but on Killdeer’s next trip, junior Ashley Brew tied the score with the game’s first bomb. Twice in the quarter, Killdeer held two-point leads – 9-7 and 13-11.The lead changed nine times in the first quarter alone and the score was tied three times (7-7, 9-9, and 11-11).

After senior Kelsey Knutson’s basket put Killdeer in front 13-11 at 1:13, sophomore Ariana Zook answered with a trey late to give Bowman a one-point cushion entering the second quarter.

Killdeer outscored Bowman County 19-17 in the second period to turn a one-point deficit into a one-point lead at halftime, 32-31.

Bowman County junior Kaitlyn Dix scored the game’s first basket after the break to return the lead to the Lady Bulldogs, but Killdeer answered with nine straight points, sparked by a pair of sophomores. Jessica Starr started the run with a 3-pointer and Starr made two baskets, including one offensive putback.

After that, it was pretty much all Bowman County.

The Lady Bulldogs struck for seven unanswered points, including a 3-pointer from senior Haley Sabe and a pair of baskets from Heinrich to close the gap to 41-40. With 1:45 left in the third quarter, Killdeer sophomore Jurnee Murray hit the first of two free throws. With 26.6 seconds left in the quarter, Knutson basket gave Killdeer a 44-40 advantage entering the final frame.

Free throws woes continued to plague Bowman County early in the fourth quarter. On the Lady Bulldogs’ first possession of the period, junior Morgan Woodley stepped to the charity stripe, but missed both. However, the Lady Bulldogs secured the offensive board, missed, Woodley grabbed another rebound and was sent back to the free throw line. This time, she made one of two.

The possession was just one example of the Lady Bulldogs working the boards better than Killdeer. For the game, Bowman County held a 43-32 rebounding advantage, including 20 rebounds on the offensive end.

“We knew getting second-chance points would be a key, especially against a taller team,” Fisher said. “We had to work hard on the offensive boards to have a chance.”

At the 6:15 mark, Bowman County tied the game at 46 when Zook sank a pair of free throws. Senior Kit Miller added a basket and a pair of free throws to give Bowman County a 50-46 lead. Miller finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

While Killdeer would tie the game at 52 on Brew’s basket at the 2:54 mark, the Cowgirls never regained the lead again.

Woodley led Bowman County with 15 points while Heinrich tallied 12 points and four rebounds. Zook followed with nine points, four assists and four steals. Sabe finished with seven points, five assists and three rebounds.

Coach Doe thought her players responded well when foul trouble surfaced in the first half. Junior Morgan LeMieux went to the bench with her third foul with 5:37 left in the second quarter.

“I thought that the girls off the bench did a great job,” Doe said. “We’ve had some foul trouble throughout the season, so they’ve had opportunities like that to work in those situations.”

Knutson, playing in her final game for the Cowgirls, tallied a team-high 12 points and five rebounds. LeMieux finished with 10 points, three assists and three rebounds. Sophomore Alison Scheetz scored 10 points while Brew and Starr followed with nine and eight points, respectively.

Killdeer and Bowman County met Feb. 12 in Bowman. The Lady Bulldogs escaped with a 53-48 win.

Killdeer ends the season with a 10-11 record.

Bowman County (13-10) faced Dickinson Trinity in the semifinals Tuesday night.


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