Inconsistent play has plagued Killdeer girls basketball team

The Killdeer girls basketball team’s record going into Thursday’s Region 7 matchup against Glen Ullin/Hebron on Thursday was 4-4 and 8-10 overall.


The Cowboys are sitting toward the bottom of the standings.

But records can be deceiving.

Six of the Cowboy’s 10 losses have been by seven points or less, including three by a single bucket.

Two of those losses came against Region 7 leader Bowman County – a 2-point loss at home and a 7-point defeat on the road.

A positive bounce here and there and the Cowboys could be looking at things a lot differently.

And the Cowboys have a chance to shake up the region standings over the next week.

Glen Ullin/Hebron was in second place with a 7-2 mark, one game behind Bowman County.

And on Saturday, they have a road matchup against Heart River, which was 5-3 and two games behind Bowman County. Heart River defeated by Cowboys by 3 early in the season.

Killdeer ends the regular season by hosting New England on Feb. 13 before heading to the Region 7 tournament at Dickinson Trinity High School in Dickinson.

What has plagued the Cowboys, however, is inconsistent play.

In every loss this season, the Cowboys have had at least one quarter where they stumbled and that changed the complexion of the game.

In the season opener, Killdeer led defending Class B state champion Shiloh Christian 41-40, but were outscored 18-3 in the final stanza.

Heart River outscored Killdeer 16-9 in a 54-51 victory.

Killdeer failed to score in the third quarter in a 44-46 loss to Bowman County.

New Town outscored Killdeer 23-10 in the third quarter in a 74-56 victory.

Killdeer scored four points in each of the second and third quarters in a 55-38 loss to Hettinger/Scranton.

In the second matchup with Bowman County, the Bulldogs outscored Killdeer 17-10 in the fourth quarter to post a 49-42 victory.

Killdeer scored just three points in the second stanza of a 49-29 loss to Grant County.

Against Dickinson Trinity, the Cowboys fell behind 19-6 in the first quarter and rallied to tie it 51-51 in the final minute before the Titans pulled out a 54-51 victory.

Last week against Watford City, Killdeer was outscored 12-4 in the second quarter of a 43-40 loss.

But when they’ve been on, the Cowboys have been a force.

With pressure defense on defense and quick ball movement on offense, the Cowboys have posted some impressive victories. There were road victories over Mott-Regent, Flasher, Richardton-Taylor and  Stanley.

Watford City 43,

Killdeer 40

The Cowboys fell behind at halftime and trailed by nine points going into the final quarter but thier fourth-quarter rally fell short.

The Wolves jumped out to a 23-16 lead at halftime after limiting the Cowboys to four points in the second quarter.

Trae Murray had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Sydney Anderson added 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

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