Killdeer boys making some noise on hardwood

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.


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.

Killdeer 60,

Center-Stanton 36

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.

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