Coach Sarah Doe and her Killdeer Cowboys had one of their biggest wins of the season at home Thursday night.
By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the Herald
Posted Feb. 15, 2013
The Cowboys, 8-7 overall and 4-0 in district play, beat the Hazen Bison on a Kelsey Knutson bucket with nine seconds on the clock. The win set up a district showdown with the Titans from Trinity to see who would get the number one seed as the district tourney closes in.
The first quarter was an offensive mess. Neither team could put points on the board in a consistent fashion.
Lizzy Strommen had a basket and Morgan LeMieux a free throw and those were the only three points the Cowboys could put on the board. Hazen put up eight of their own and the visitors led after eight minutes 8-3.
“Nothing would fall,” coach Sarah Doe said as she talked about the offensive egg in the first quarter. “Our defense did a nice job shutting them down but we’ve hit a stretch where it has been tough to put points on the board in the first part of games.”
The Cowboys fared a bit better in the second eight minutes of action. The Cowboys used four points from LeMieux, a long ball from Jessica Starr, a Keuona Fox bucket and free throws from Ashley Brew and Alison Scheetz to add eleven points.
The Bison also added eleven of their own and at the halftime break, the Cowboys found themselves down 19 to 14.
“We had a good halftime,” Doe said. “We talked about the fact we needed to take shots. At some point we knew they would start falling. It seems to take us a half to warm up so we knew our percentages would be better in the second half. They were cherry-picking on us so we reminded our team we needed a girl back, and on the offensive end we needed to get the ball reversed in order to get some good shots.”
Killdeer added 12 points in the third period. Starr hit another one from long range and added a conventional bucket and LeMieux added another four points in this tightly contested district tilt. Scheetz hit two from the line and Fox one and the Cowboys had upped their point total to 26.
The visiting Bison added ten of their own and the lead had been sliced by a deuce with the score 29-26 Hazen heading into the last eight minutes.
The Cowboys used their best scoring quarter of the game! Starr again came up big with her third three of the night. The talented wing also added three free throws to lead the scoring with 6 in the frame along with LeMieux who also chalked up the same. Scheetz added a field goal as the teams kept going back and forth until the final thirty-five seconds.
It was the Cowboy’s ball and according to Doe it was a plan that was hatched in the huddle.
“We told our girls to wind the clock down and take the last shot if possible,” the coach stated.
The girls followed the plan to perfection and with nine seconds remaining Brew found Knutson all alone under the basket and after Knutson had converted her second field goal in the quarter, Killdeer hd the one point lead with those nine seconds remaining.
This Bison did get a last look, a tough one, from around the three point stripe and the errant shot went awry. Killdeer had the win and the chance to play for the regular season district 14 title.
LeMieux finished with 15 and Starr one less for Killdeer. Scheetz ended with 5, Knutson 4, and Fox had three. Strommen had her first quarter bucket and Brew the free throw for Killdeer’s 44 points.
Ashton Carter had 12 and Rachel Hansana 11 for the visiting Bison.