With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Killdeer High School boys basketball team has nearly matched its season total for wins from a year ago.
DUNN COUNTY HERALD
Although the Cowboys fell 88-49 to highly regarded Stanley on Monday, Killdeer has posted a respectable 6-8 record. And the Cowboys are on the fringe of being contenders in Region 7 play with a 2-3 mark going into tonight’s home contest against Hazen.
And the game with the Bison, scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m., is certainly a winnable game. Hazen comes in riding a six-game losing streak that has contributed to a 2-9 record. The Bison are near the bottom of the region standings with a 1-4 record.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, have won four of their last six games, including a 60-36 victory over Center-Stanton on Jan. 27.
And looking ahead, the Cowboys appear to have a favorable schedule, although many will be on the road. They have road games at Hettinger/Scranton, New England, Glen Ullin/Hebron, Watford City, and home games against Richardton-Taylor and Dickinson Trinity.
The Cowboys already have victories over New England and Glen Ullin/Hebron and Richardton-Taylor is in last place in the region. And Watford City has struggled this season, posting a 4-10 record.
Hettinger/Scranton and Dickinson Trinity are among the region leaders, but anything can happen on any given night on the basketball court.
The Cowboys’ pressure defense smothered Center-Stanton into nearly 30 turnovers. Killdeer also had numerous blocked shots and held Center-Stanton to just 11 made field goals in the contest.
Garrett LeMieux led the way with 18 points and Alex Sadowsky added 14 for the Cowboys. James Henke led Center-Stanton with 11 points.
Killdeer jumped out to a 28-16 lead at halftime and maintained that lead throughout the third period with pressure defense and opportunistic offense. When the fourth period rolled around, Center-Stanton was wore down and could not keep up with the Cowboys’ frenzied pace.