Killdeer coach Andy Murphy is looking for something simple Friday.
By Brad Mosher
But to do it Friday night against visiting Bowman County would be something special.
When the teams square off in the gym at 7 p.m., it will be a battle where one time will lose the “winless” description, at least in Region 7 play.
Bowman County will come to Killdeer with a 0-3 record in the region and 7-5 for the season.
The Cowboys have an 0-4 regional record along with an 0-12 seasonal mark.
There are four teams with winless regional records – including Hettinger-Scranton (0-4 and 0-13) and Richardton-Taylor (0-3 and 6-5).
So far this season, Murphy’s has seen flashes of what the team can do, but that has been all.
The team dropped a 58-25 decision to Newtown Monday on the road.
They also lost a 61-46 decision on the road at Beach Jan. 18 and a 50-46 battle to visiting Washburn (Jan. 15).
Danks burns Washburn
In spite of Daylon Danks’ 24-point performance, the Cowboys watched visiting Washburn grab a 56-40 triumph in Killdeer.
The big difference came from outside the arc where Washburn hit five three-point shots, compared to just two for Killdeer – both by Danks.
That gave Washburn a 15-6 edge in long-range scoring.
The Cowboys outscored visitors from a shorter distance, hitting 11 baskets to finish with a 22-20 edge in scoring.
Killdeer got off to a slow start, falling behind by an 18-7 margin.
By halftime, Washburn had a 32-15 lead.
The Cowboys closed the gap in the third quarter by outscoring Washburn by a 19-10 margin.
They closed the lead to 42-34 by the end of the quarter.
The visitors responded in the fourth quarter with a 14-6 edge to ice the victory.
In addition to Danks’ scoring, the Cowboys finished with Kacen Gartner being the only other scorer in double figures. Tyler Hansen and Kostner Benz-Weber each scored three points.
Matthew Leioholm was the top scorer for Washburn with 14. Dylan Williams and Tate Bertolotto added 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Turner Grumbo finish with nine points.
W 18 32 42 56
K 7 15 34 40
Tate Bertolotto 11, Matthew Leioholm 14, Karter Hansen 2, Logan Schmitz 2, Dylan Williams 12, Turner Grumbo 9, Devin Sailer 6
Kostner Benz-Weber 3, Kacen Gartner 10, Daylon Danks 24, Tyler Hansen 3
FT: W 10-19; K 12-17
2 pts: W 10; K 11
3 pts: W 5 (Leioholm 4, Bertolotto 1, Grumbo 1); K 2 (Danks)