The Killdeer Cowboys found themselves in a stampede of scoring by the Hazen Bison Friday (Feb. 1), falling on the road.
The hosts jumped out to a 19-2 first quarter lead and kept adding to it for the next three quarters.
By Brad Mosher
The Cowboys were cold in the first and fourth quarters, getting only six points combined in the two quarters of the game.
The Cowboys scored 12 points in both the second and third quarters, only to see the Bison continue to add to their lead.
In the second quarter, the Bison had a 22-12 scoring edge to give the hosts a 41-14 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Cowboys nearly matched the Bison in scoring with 12 points, just two behind the Bison total of 14 points.
Going into the final quarter, the Bison held a 55-26 lead over the Cowboys.
Hazen finished the game by outscoring the Cowboys by a 9-4 margin.
Kacen Gartner led the Cowboys in scoring with 12, while Daylon Danks added 10 and Tyler Hanson put in five. Cayden Kling concluded the Cowboy scoring with three points.
Tyson Van Inwagen led the Bison in scoring with led the scoring with 15 points, all on three-point baskets, while Garrett Ward had 13. Austin Richter scored nine for the Bison, while Hunter Keller put in six points.
The loss was the 15th-straight for the winless Cowboys this season and left the team with a 0-6 Region 7 record.
The Bison improved to 4-3 in Region 7 play, in sixth place in the regional standing with a 4-3 record, one-half game behind Beach (4-2).
After Friday’s games, Glen Ullin-Hebron led the regional standings with a 7-1 record, followed by Mott-Regent (6-1) and Beulah (5-1).
The loss Friday set up a showdown Tuesday in Scranton when the Cowboys were to face off against the other winless team in the Region 7 basketball standings.
Hettinger-Scranton entered the game with a 0-7 regional record and 0-16 for the year.
Killdeer will be looking for a victory Friday in New England when they face the Tigers in a 7 p.m. contest.
The Cowboys will be on the road again Monday when they travel to Beulah for a 6 p.m. (Central) battle with one of the region’s top teams.
Richardton-Taylor will come to Killdeer a day later (Feb. 12), then the Cowboys will be back on the road Feb. 14 when they travel to Parshall for a non-conference 6:15 p.m. (Central) contest.
The Cowboys will close out the regular season when they host Trinity Feb. 22 in a 7 p.m. battle.