Ice-cold Cowboys fall to Night Hawks

It was about 8 degrees outside the Killdeer School gymnasium Monday night, but it was below freezing inside the gym for the girls basketball team, especially in the second half.


It was as if somebody put a lid on the Cowboys’ basket in a 55-38 loss to Hettinger-Scranton. The Cowboys made just 13 of 68 shots, including an anemic 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point land.

Sydney Anderson led the way with 11 points while Trae Murray had nine. They combined for just 6-of-30 shooting on that cold night.

The Night Hawks had three players in double figures, led by Abbie Kludt with 17, followed by 15 each from Molly Holt and Alyssa Andress.

The loss was Killdeer’s fourth in the last five games and dropped the Cowboys’ record to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in Region 7 play.

The Night Hawks broke what had been a nip-and-tuck game open in the third quarter. After the score was knotted at 25 at halftime, the Night Hawks outscored Killdeer 18-4 in the third stanza.

Killdeer was held to two free throws by Anderson and a put-back by Murray. Everything else the Cowboys put up either rimmed out, clanked off the back of the rim or was an air ball. Some were shots in the paint, some were contested, some were wide open shots from the perimeter.

Killdeer dominated the boards, pulling down 37 rebounds, including 21 offensive boards. But the net remained silent.

It was just one of those nights and the Cowboys never got closer than 10 points.

Killdeer 68, Stanley 40

The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak on Jan. 7 with a convincing victory over the Stanley Blue Jays. The game was originally scheduled to be played Nov. 29 but was rescheduled because of the weather.

Murray led all scorers with 16 points in just 13 minutes of play. She also had two steals, two assists and five rebounds. Shawnee Hansen added 13 points in 12 minutes.

Hannah Sorenson led Stanley with 10 points.

Killdeer blew the game open early with an explosive offense and smothering defense. The Cowboys held the Blue Jays to four points in the first stanza en route to a commanding 24-4 lead. By halftime, the Cowboys stretched its lead to 45-18 and the losing streak was pretty much history.

Hazen 62, Killdeer 57

The Bison were hot from the 3-point range and posted a victory at home.

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