Hoops teams back on the hardwood, wrestlers return to action Jan. 6

Killdeer’s Hoyt Zander drives a defender into a pick set by Alex Sadowsky during a recent game. The Cowboys were scheduled to get back into action Thursday against Heart River.


Two nail biters. Two blowouts. Two wins. Two losses.

That is the story for the Killdeer High School boys basketball team this season. The Cowboys were  hoping to build on that in their next game. They were scheduled to host Heart River on Thursday.

But regardless of what happened in Thursday’s game, one thing is for sure, the Cowboys can play some ball.

Killdeer opened the season with a 77-35 loss to Dickinson Trinity in the first round of the 46th Annual Class B Roughrider Tournament. But then they rallied in the next two games, both victories, to place fifth in the tournament. They erased a 14-point deficit to beat New England 50-48, and erased a first-quarter deficit to stop Glen Ullin-Hebron 64-56 in the fifth-place game.

But then the Cowboys hit a wall against a hot-shooting New Town team that resulted in a 78-38 loss.

After the Heart River game, the boys are scheduled to host Bowman County on Tuesday.

On the girls side, the Cowboys will look to snap a three-game skid when it travels to Dickinson Trinity on Monday and then travel to Hazen on Jan. 5.

Killdeer is 1-3 this season, but two of those losses were by a bucket.

The Cowboys opened the season with a convincing 63-26 victory over Richardton-Taylor in the first round of the 41st Annual Girls Roughrider Tournament in Killdeer. But then they dropped a 54-51 double-overtime thriller to Heart River and a 46-44 decision to Bowman County in the third-place game of the tournament. That was followed by a 74-56 loss to New Town.

The wrestling team will be back in action on Jan. 6 when they travel to the Hettinger Tournament.

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