After starting the season off with a 1-5 record, the Killdeer high school girls basketball team has won seven of its past 11 games and pulled itself back into contention of the Region 7 race.
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The Cowboys stumbled on Tuesday, falling on the road to Dickinson Trinity 55-51. But they routed Mott-Regent in a regional game and Center-Stanton in a non-region game over the weekend and their overall record is 8-9 and 4-4 in regional action.
Despite the loss to the Titans, Killdeer showed it is a team to be reckoned. Trinity jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, but the Cowboys slowly chipped away and tied the score with just over a minute to play in the game.
But a late turnover opened the door for a Trinity bucket and two free throws with 17 seconds sealed the victory.
Killdeer had a chance to even its record on Thursday night when it hosted highly-regarded Watford City.
The Cowboys have seemed to find their niche, particularly in their last five games. And with the Region 7 tournament at Dickinson Trinity just around the corner, Killdeer is getting hot at the right time.
Prior to the game with the Titans, Killdeer was averaging 52 points a game and yielding 33 points in the previous five games.
Murray and Sydney Anderson have been the guiding force for the Cowboys.
Murray is averaging 19 points a game during that 5-game stretch, including a 23-point effort against Beach, 22 against Richardton-Taylor and 20 against Center-Stanton.
Anderson, meanwhile, is averaging nearly a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds per game. She pulled down a dozen rebounds against Richardton-Taylor, including eight offensive boards.
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Murray pumped in 23 points and Anderson had 14 for the Cowboys, but Killdeer could not recover from a sluggish first quarter. The Titans jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.
Killdeer battled back, however, chipping away at the lead. The Cowboys tied the game 49-49 at the 2:15 mark of the final period when Murray took a bounce pass in traffic from Anderson for a lay up.
Trinity, though, regained the lead moments later on a short jumper before Murray knotted it with a put back at 1:35 left to play. Killdeer had a chance to take the lead moments later, but Shawnee Hansen missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Trinity’s Lauren Stafford scored in the paint, and then Titans forced a Killdeer turnover that led to a pair of free throws by Sami Daniel with 17 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Trinity was paced by Josie Glasser with 17 points and Daniel with 10.
The Cowboys started fast and never looked back, outscoring the host Wildfire 16-4 in the first quarter. Killdeer had Murray, Anderson, Gabi Flaget and Taycee Butts each scored in double figures in the victory.
Murray flirted with a triple-double, scoring 17 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, six on the offensive side, and had seven steals.
Anderson scored a dozen points and had five assists. Flaget also scored 12 points, making six of nine shots while Butts added 10 points.
Mott Regen was led by Ellie Messmer’s 11 points.
Killdeer held the Wildcats scoreless until 22 seconds in the first quarter and led 13-2 at the end of the stanza and then broke the game open in the second half.
Murray led the way with 20 points, including one of Killdeer’s four 3-point goals. Anderson added 10 points, and she also made a 3-point bomb.
Center-Stanton was led by Madeline Henke with 15 points and Morgan Vitek with 11.