Down two players, the Killdeer Cowboys boy’s basketball team came out fighting when they played the Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks in a home game Tuesday evening.
Photos by Pat Ratliff/Dunn County Herald
Killdeer Cowboy Dylan Schmeling goes high to score two points against the Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks Tuesday evening in Killdeer. The Cowboys lost the game 51-40.
By Pat Ratliff
But that fight didn’t last long enough, as the team lost the game 51-40.
“During the first quarter, we came out with intensity and energy,” Cowboys Head Coach Andy Murphy said. “ We were down two starters who were unable to play in the game and that was the
start we needed.”
The Night Hawks switched to a crippling full-court press that resulted in steals and tie-ups and eventually a Night Hawk victory.
“We led 13-4 after the first quarter but then we became
flat,” Murphy said. “The rest of the game, we did not have much, if any, intensity.”
Despite the loss, the Cowboys looked good at times.
“We played very well on defense,” Murphy said. “We limited their penetration into the
middle of the lane, which was emphasized before and during the game.”
Murphy knew who he had to stop, Hettinger-Scranton sophomore guard Hayden Sadowsky.
“Their guard Hayden Sadowsky played well,” Murphy said. “He is their main guy and we knew that coming into the game.
“We played good defense on him all night, he just made some plays.”
But Murphy saw promise on the other side of the court also.
“On the offensive side of the ball, we played well but could not make our
easy shots,” he said. “We missed too many lay-ups and shot 5-13 from the free throw
“It’s hard to win many games when you’re missing lay-ups and free throws.”
Tuff Kling led the way for the Cowboys with 15 points, followed by Hayes Lemieux with 11.
Trenton Rohr scored six points, Bubba Roshau got four, Lewis Dobitz chipped in three and Sean Tuhy had one point.
Hettinger-Scranton 51, Killdeer 40
Killdeer 13 18 28 40
Hettinger-Scranton 4 16 33 51