Last week’s schedule was highlighted by a must-win Region 7 contest against Mott-Regent.
By Jarann Johnson
For the DC Herald
Killdeer Cowboys Head Coach Andy Murphy wanted his team break through for their first Region 7 win of the year.
Murphy explained his team’s mentality heading into the game.
“We viewed it as a must win game coming off a loss to Bowman. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to host a first round game. We knew that defeating Mott-Regent was must win game for us,” Murphy said.
Early on in the game it was clear Killdeer was ready to achieve the goals of grabbing a must win game. Killdeer’s defense played really well only allowing four points in the opening frame and lead 13-4.
Mott-Regent’s offense broke the single-point barrier in the second quarter, scoring 11 points. But is wasn’t enough to gain full control of the game.
Killdeer led 22-15 at the half time break. Killdeer carried their strong first half start into the second half and led 34-28 entering the final frame.
Closing out games has been a bit of a task for Killdeer this season. Earlier this season the team suffered a come from behind road loss to New Town on the road.
The fourth quarter is also tough for Killdeer because they don’t have a deep bench. Killdeer didn’t let their past experiences in the fourth quarter and lack of subs ruin their bid to get their first Region 7 win of the year.
Killdeer cored 21 points in the final frame and found a 55-47 as their reward. Coach Murphy described what how his team played during the game.
“The boys came out responded well after a loss to Bowman. They slowed down – played our pace of game, made it a half-court game rather than an up and down game. I was happy to see the boys respond the way they did,” Murphy said.
After claiming the must win game Killdeer traveled to the Bismarck Civic Center to take on Solen. Murphy and his team were up by two entering the fourth but couldn’t hold on to win the game.
Murphy reflected on the non-regional game.
“We just wanted to see if we could put two games together. We did for about 2.5-to-3 quarters against Solen. We were up two at the end of the third quarter and lost by 21. We played really well for the first three quarters of the game. To Solen’s credit they got hot. They hit 7 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on us,” Murphy said.
Lester Baylee was the player who found the zone from deep for Solen and netted 7 3-pointers and 23 points for his team. Murphy described the defensive breakdowns, which allowed Lester to get great looks.
“A lot of that was our fault, we let them get to the middle of the lane. Then we had to collapse down and they kicked it out for a 3-pointer. A kid got hot and hit four of them in the fourth quarter and ended up with seven 3s,” Murphy said.
The Cowboys went 1-1 during the week and a big part of the team’s strong showing during the week was Alex Sadowsky. Murphy talked about Sadowsky’s great play last week.
“Alex Sadowsky had a double-double on Monday. Then the second game he was our second leading-scorer. He played well in the middle of the floor,” Murphy added. “He’s coming along nicely – he is starting to use his left had a little more. He has confidence and a nice little left hand hook shot. Having him in the middle at 6-4 is nice to take the pressure off Hayes at times.”
The Cowboys will head east for a weekend road trip, The Cowboys will face Enderlin and Lisbon on back-to-back nights in non-regional games. Back in the region Murphy thinks Dickinson Trinity is the team to beat but warned that Hettinger-Scranton and Beulah aren’t far behind.
Murphy thinks the region is really close after the first three games of Region 7 play and feels like his team can still reach their goal of hosting a first round Region 7 game.
Solen 57, Killdeer 36
Sol. 13 14 5 25 – 57
Kil. 18 10 6 2 – 36
Sol. – Montel Carlow 6, Brayden Uses Arrow 8, Lester Baylee 23, Jayce Archambault 4, Thaine Thunder 3, Mark Grey Cloud 11, Jayce Thunder 2.
Kil. – Hoyt Zander 1, Hayes LeMieux 14, Zeb Doe 4, Shane Starr 3, Garrett LeMieux 2, Alex Sadowsky 12.
Killdeer 55, Mott-Regent 47
Kil. 4 11 13 19 – 47
Mot. 13 9 12 21 – 55
Kil. – Brady Wegh 14, Hunter Christ 3, Carter Honeyman 7, Chance Roth 9, Brett Mesmmer 6, Sean Hertz 8.
Mot. – Hayes LeMieux 11, Zeb Doe 6, Garrett LeMieux 11, Ty Truchan 11, Alex Sawdoswky 16.