Girls’ and boys’ basketball is off to a great start at Killdeer High School.
The boys just had their first practice Nov. 27 and the girls played their first games against Stanley Nov. 28.
By Zak Wellerman
The girls varsity team beat Stanley with a score of 69 to 29. Their next game is against Shiloh Christian from Bismarck at home tonight.
Girls’ basketball coach Ashlee Viveros would like the team to reach the top of the region by the end of the season.
“I think it’s a goal that’s achievable,” Viveros said. “By the end, I would like the group to be like a family and I think with this group we should be able to do that because this group really trusts and cares about each other.”
The team’s strategy is to play fast and aggressive, apply a lot of pressure and defense and wear teams out with speed, Viveros said.
She added that there’s a great group of returning players. The team has nine returning varsity players and seven seniors, who Viveros has been coaching since the seventh grade.
Last season, the team reached fifth place in the regional tournament. Viveros said it was a disappointment as they were expected to win the regional tournamnent, but it has motivated them.
“Going to state is what little girls dream about. Right now, we’re focusing on the process,” Viveros said.
Boys basketball coach Andy Murphy said the first practice went well and there was a different attitude among the boys. Last season ended with 11 wins and 12 losses and making into the semifinals. The Cowboys lost in the regional tournament against Beulah.
“The seniors looked hungry when they showed up for practice,” Murphy said.
The four returning senior players are Alex Sadowky, Garrett LeMieux, Pat Williams and Dawson Schmelind. Sadowky and LeMieux are also all-region players from the past season.
The ideal goal for Murphy and the team is to get the state competition, but realistically he hopes to reach semifinals.
Murphy also has a strategy to succeed this season and achieve this goal.
“It [ strategy] starts with defense. If we want to play any good game, it starts with good defense.”
The boys’ first game will be against Mandaree at home on Dec. 8.
Murphy added that early season can be a toss-up and it comes down to which team is better shape. It could be a close game between Killdeer and Mandaree.