A very tough first quarter led to the Killdeer Cowboys girls’ basketball team’s third loss of the season Monday night, Jan. 7.
By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the DC Herald
Posted Jan. 11, 2013
The Cowboys were beaten by the Watford City Wolves 60-36 and saw their record drop to 2-3 on the season.
A massive 25-4 first quarter spread was all the Wolves needed to gain the upper hand on a Cowboy team that hadn’t played in quite some time.
“Watford City is a good, balanced ball team,” head coach Sarah Doe stated. “We really struggled in the first quarter and they made a lot of shots. We were certainly making some mistakes but these were mistakes that we can fix.”
Morgan LeMieux and Lizzie Strommen were the only gals who could put points on the board for Killdeer in the first eight minutes. On the other hand, the Wolves were led by McKayla Haugeberg with 11 in the first frame along with teammate Katie Mogen who had 8 of her own.
The second quarter was better for the Cowboys. Free throws were the reason why. Killdeer went to the line fourteen times and were able to convert on nine of those chances.
A Cowboy 13 point quarter was two points better than the Wolves eleven points and the halftime lead was 36-17 in the vistior’s favor.
LeMieux and Jessica Starr had three point baskets for Killdeer in the third eight minutes of action. Ashley Brew and Alison Scheetz convered on a couple from inside the arc and LeMieux tallied one from close range and Killdeer had the 14 point third quarter.
The Cowboys were able to limit their guests to nine points and even though the visitors still had control at 45-31 after three, coach Doe saw some good things going on.
“The girls did a nice job in the third quarter. After a long break we seemed to be getting rid of some of the rust so we were happy with how we competed after the first quarter.”
The Cowboy drought hit a bit again in the final stanza. Brew and LeMieux had buckets and Scheetz a free throw but that was it as Doe’s squad could only put five points on the board. The Wolves answered with another 15 and the final count showed a 24 point Watford City win.
LeMieux paced the squad with 15 points. Scheetz finished the night with 5, Starr had the three point shot and Strommen and Jurnee Murray each had two points.
Haugeberg finished with 17 while Mogen had three less to lead the Wolves’s scoring attack.
Killdeer was 10/20 from the line while the Wolves were 7/13 from 15 feet.