Hettinger-Scranton stops Killdeer girls in season finale

Killdeer’s Morgan Marquardt is guarded by a Hettinger-Scranton defender during the third-place game of the Region 7 tournament on Feb. 23.

Trae Murray and Sydney Anderson were named to the All-Region 7 team for the second year in a row after the tournament concluded at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson on Feb. 23.


The duo led the Cowboys to a fourth-place finish in the Region 7 tournament, both averaging double digits in scoring in the tournament. Anderson averaged 16 points in the tournament. Murray, despite being double-teamed most of the time, averaged 15 points per game.

Murray was the team’s leading scorer for the season, scoring 400 points for a 16-point-per-game average, with most coming from inside the paint. Murray also pulled down 198 rebounds – including 110 offensive boards – 56 steals and 16 blocked shots.

Anderson led the team in assists, rebounds, 3-point goals and steals. While scoring 295 points this season (12 points per game), she had 215 rebounds, also dished out 115 assists, recorded 71 steals and made 14 3-point shots.

The duo sparked a fourth-quarter rally in the third-place game, but the come-back came up short and Hettinger-Scranton escaped with a 69-61 victory.

The Cowboys trailed by 11 points midway through the finals stanza but cut the lead to one with a minute to play. The Lady Night Hawks, however, put the game away when Abbigail Kludt made five free throws down the stretch.

Anderson and Murray scored in double figures for the Cowboys. Anderson scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds before fouling out. Murray had 16 points and six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Morgan Marquardt and Gabi Flaget each added eight points for Killdeer.

The Lady Night Hawks had a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures. Kludt led the way with 19 points, followed by 13 from Samantha Oase, Taylor Burwick with a dozen and 10 from both Molly Holt and Alyssa Andress.

The game was nip-and-tuck with Hettinger-Scranton holding a four-point lead at 42-38 lead going into the fourth quarter, setting up a frantic final eight minutes where both teams combined to score 50 points. Hettinger-Scranton outscored the Cowboys 27-23 in the quarter.

Early in that stanza, the Night Hawks outscored Killdeer 10-5 to open a 52-43 lead on the strength of their marksmanship from 3-point land. For the game, Hettinger-Scranton made seven 3-pointers, while the Cowboys made just one of 10 from behind the stripe.

Turnovers and poor free-throw shooting plagued Killdeer. The Cowboys had 22 turnovers and made just eight of 21 foul shots. The Lady Night Hawks, meanwhile, made 12 of 20 foul shots. 

Cole Benz, editor of Adams County Record and The Herald contributed to this report.


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