By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the Herald
Posted March 1, 2013
Coach Sarah Doe and her Killdeer Cowboys traveled deep into oil country and finished their season in Stanley Saturday afternoon.
In a game that went to the end, the Bluejays were one point better than the Cowboys and escaped with the 50-49 win. The loss dropped Killdeer’s seasonal record to 9-10 as they prepare for the district 14 tourney tomorrow night in Dickinson at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Cowboys will play the Hazen and Glen Ullin/Hebron winner at 7:30.
Kelsey Knutson had a career night for the Cowboys. The hard-working senior finished with 16 points but the Cowboys couldn’t quite grab the season ending win.
Stanley jumped out to a 14-6 lead before the Cowboys started chipping away with an explosive 20 point second eight minutes.
Balance was the key. Killdeer was paced by Ashley Brew with three buckets while Knutson added 6 of her own. Other scorers for the Cowboys in the second eight minutes included Morgan LeMieux and Alison Scheetz.
“Stanley really got off to a great offensive start and we had a lid on the basket,” coach Doe said. “We were down 14-6 after 8 minutes but were able to lead at halftime 26-23.
“We played person to person defense as we knew they had a strong inside game. Our girls did a very good job of that in the second quarter.”
The Cowboys widened their lead by another three in the third quarter as they outpointed their hosts by an 11-8 count but this ballgame was going to come down to the end.
The Cowboys were able to tie up the ballgame late and eventually had a chance to win.
“We had an opportunity to score with 18 seconds left,” Doe said, “but we couldn’t make the shot. They got the ball and we fouled. They connected on one of two from the line and we had the ball off the rebound but unfortunately just couldn’t get the final bucket of the game.”
Knutson was on fire with her 16 points and was aided by a strong offensive showing from Alison Scheetz who finished with 12. Morgan LeMieux finished the night with 8 while Brew had 6. Jessica Starr, Jurnee Murray and Keanu Fox all had buckets. Lizzie Strommen ended the ballgame with a free throw.
With the regular season over, the Cowboys look to do some damage this tomorrow night and Monday at the district 14 tourney.
“Right now we feel we are pretty strong on the defensive end,” the head coach said as she talked about the upcoming postseason. “We are also well-conditioned and in shape. We do feel our strongest defense is person to person but are also comfortable with the zone. We do need to start having some confidence in our shooting. We practice well in that area but have to carry it over to the games. If we make some shots early and get our confidence level up we should be OK!”