Cowgirls win, headed to regional

It wasn’t the manner in which Killdeer girls head basketball coach Sarah Doe planned, but the Cow¬girls punched their ticket to the re¬gional tournament with a 56-41 win against Richardton-Taylor Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.

Sophomore Jurnee Murray (12) attempts a shot during Kill¬deer’s first playoff game Saturday in the semifinals of the District 14 tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson. Hazen upset Killdeer 57-39. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Bowman County Pioneer)
Sophomore Jurnee Murray (12) attempts a shot during Kill¬deer’s first playoff game Saturday in the semifinals of the District 14 tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson. Hazen upset Killdeer 57-39. (Photo by EDDIE HIBBS III/Bowman County Pioneer)

By EDDIE HIBBS III

For the Herald

Posted March 8, 2013

It wasn’t the manner in which Killdeer girls head basketball coach Sarah Doe planned, but the Cow¬girls punched their ticket to the re¬gional tournament with a 56-41 win against Richardton-Taylor Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.

Juniors Morgan LeMieux and Ashley Brew, both named to the All-District 14 Team, each tallied 15 points to pace the offensive at¬tack while senior Kelsey Knutson and sophomores Jurnee Murray, Jessica Starr and Alison Scheetz each tallied six points in the win.

The Cowgirls pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raid¬ers 16-7 in the period.

Halle Olson, who was selected the District 14 Senior Athlete of the Year, led Richardton-Taylor with a game-high 22 points while also re¬cording 12 rebounds and six steals.

Richardton-Taylor entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed.

The No. 2 seed in the tourna¬ment, Killdeer fell Saturday night, 57-39, against Hazen in the semi¬finals. It was the first playoff game for the Cowgirls after receiving a first-round bye.

“The girls feel bad,” Doe said after Saturday’s loss. “They wanted to win and they know they did a lot of things incorrectly. This really wasn’t our game.”

Saturday’s contest started much better than it finished for the Cow¬girls. Starr popped a three-pointer for the game’s first basket and gave the squad a 9-4 lead when she made both free throws midway through the quarter.

Brew’s basket at the 2:25 mark gave Killdeer its biggest lead of the game, 13-6. From then on, Hazen dominated the game.

The Cowgirls turned the ball over on their next four possessions and the Bison stampeded back, closing the gap to 13-10 to end the quarter.

After a basket by Murray on Killdeer’s first possession of the second quarter, the Cowgirls com¬mitted turnovers on six straight trips up the floor. The Bison took advantage of the opportunities, taking their first lead, 16-15, on a basket by senior Rachael Hansana with 6:24 left in the half. The Bison would build the lead to 22-15 – opening the second quarter on a 12-2 run – on a basket by junior Ashton Carter.

LeMieux ended the scoring drought with the team’s first basket in three minutes and closed the gap to one, 22-21, when she hit a pair of free throws with 91 seconds left in the half.

For the second quarter alone, the Cowgirls committed 11 turnovers. Hazen opened the second half on an 8-1 run – helped by four more turnovers by Killdeer to put the game away.

Starr was the lone Killdeer player in double figures with 11 points while Brew and LeMieux each followed with nine. LeMieux also tallied eight rebounds and five assists.

Carter led Hazen with 16 points while Bolton followed with 10 points.

2012-2013 Season Awards

All-District 14 Team: MiKayla Aluise, Richardton-Taylor; Ashley Brew, Killdeer; Ashton Carter, Hazen; Rachael Hansana, Hazen; Rachel Jahner, Dickinson Trinity; Delaney Johansen, Beulah; Mor¬gan LeMieux, Killdeer; Halle Olson, Richardton-Taylor; Logan Olson, Richardton-Taylor; Alanna Sickler, Dickinson Trinity.

Senior Athlete of the Year: Halle Olson, Richardton-Taylor.

Coach of the Year: Alysia Bar¬man, Dickinson Trinity.

Next up, playing Bowman

Killdeer’s next playoff opponent is no stranger as the Cowgirls will face Bowman County in the first round of the regional tournament, scheduled for Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.

Bowman County entered the District 13 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, but reached the district championship game before fall¬ing to Beach, 66-46. It was the fifth straight district championship for Beach.

Killdeer had four players score in double digits in the first meeting led by Jessica Starr with a game-high 13 points while Ashley Brew followed with 12.

Morgan LeMieux and Keanua Fox added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the first meeting. Killdeer made only 19-of-62 shots (30.6 percent) while the Lady Bulldogs converted 17-of-53 shots (32.1 percent). The edge for Bowman County the first time around was at the charity stripe. The Lady Bulldogs made 13-of-20 free throws (65 percent) while Killdeer made only 6-of-14 free throws (42.9 percent) Killdeer and Bowman County met Feb. 12 in Bowman. The Lady Bulldogs escaped with a 53-48 win, handing Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher her 200th career win.


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