Garrett LeMieux puts up a shot against Glen Ullin-Hebron in the fifth-place game at the 46th Annual Roughrider tournament at Dickinson Trinity High School. LeMieux, despite often times being double-teamed, poured in 36 points to lead the Cowboys to a 64-56 victory. LeMieux was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Killdeer High School boys basketball team opened some eyes last week at the 46th Annual Roughrider Boys Basketball Tournament last week.
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And so did junior Garrett LeMieux.
The talented junior averaged nearly 20 points in the three-day tournament to lead the Cowboys to a fifth-place finish.
Although the tournament didn’t start out well for the Cowboys after a blowout loss to eventual three-time champion Dickinson Trinity in the first round, the Cowboys defeated New England and Glen Ullin-Hebron in the consolation games.
In the fifth-place game against Glen Ullin-Hebron, LeMieux was simply magnificent. The Bearcats had no answer for LeMieux, who had a double-double with a tournament-high 36 points and 14 rebounds, including five offensive boards, in the 64-56 victory.
The Cowboys broke the game open the second half with an aggressive trapping defense and opportunistic offense led by LeMieux.
After trailing 35-34 at halftime, the Cowboys smothered the Bearcats in the third quarter and held them to just six points.
Killdeer outscored Glen Ullin-Hebron 13-6 in the period to open a 47-41 lead. The Cowboys stretched the lead to 51-41 midway through the final stanza.
Glen Ullin-Hebron never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
While LeMieux had the hot hand, he had some help. Alex Sadowsky was efficient in his shooting, making 6 of 10 shots from the field, including the Cowboys only 3-point shot, to 16 points.
Bailey Morman led the Bearcats with 22 points, while Braden Wehri added 18.
Killdeer’s momentum actually started in the second half – more specifically the fourth quarter – of the consolation semifinal against New England.
The Tigers, a regional semifinalist last year, appeared to be in cruise control, holding 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
But somebody forgot to tell the Cowboys.
After finding themselves down 44-30, Killdeer scratched and clawed back into the game with that aggressive defense.
New England turned the ball over 35 times in the game, many of that coming in the final stanza.
The Cowboys recorded 15 steals in the contest, many leading to decisive buckets in the game-winning stretch.
After the Tigers built their biggest lead of the game, Killdeer went on a 20-4 tear the rest of the way to secure the victory.
The Cowboys had a balanced attack, again led by LeMieux. She scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Dawson Schmeling added 10 points, while Sadowsky had nine points, seven rebounds and six steals.
Kacen Gartner had eight points while Hoyt Zander scored seven and dished out three assists.
New England got 18 points from Ivey Gilliland and 10 from Justin Cantwell.
Winning streak halted
The Cowboys’ modest two-winning streak came to a screeching halt on Tuesday in New Town, falling 78-38.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 9, but adverse weather forced school officials to reschedule.
New Town exploded in the first half and the Cowboys struggled to find the range.
New Town outscored the Cowboys 21-2 in the first quarter and then pumped in 35 in the second quarter and led 56-12 at halftime.
Killdeer, now 2-2, won the second half, outscoring the hosts 26-22, but the game was well over by then.
The Cowboys were paced by 16 points from Sadowsky.
New Town had five players in double figures, led by Daniel LaBeau with 20, followed by Thad Baker with 16, Devin Headdress with 14, Chase Hale with 11 and Terrance Steele with 10.