By JOHN ABRAHAMSON
For the Herald
Posted March 1, 2013
It was a good night to be a Killdeer Cowboys girl’s coach, fan, and player. Sarah Doe’s squad made the trek to Mott to play the Mott/Regent Wildfire and the script couldn’t have gone any better.
The Cowboys did just about everything right and wound up with a 58-36 win. With the win, the record of the team shot to 9-9 as the squad continued to prepare for the upcoming district 14 tourney.
The Cowboys, who have had a bit of trouble early in ballgames, didn’t face the same obstacle last Thursday night. The team scored 17 first quarter points while holding the athletic Wildfire to 10.
Jessica Starr had a nice opening frame with two field goals from inside the arc and on from beyond the long distance line and led the team with 7 first quarter points.
Ashley Brew also counted one from the distance and one from inside as she tacked on five of her own.
Kelsey Knutson and Morgan LeMieux added buckets and Alison Scheetz a free throw and the Cowboys had their best opening eight minutes of the season.
“We were able to do about everything right,” an excited coach Doe said. “We really got off to a great start and were able to really shoot the ball well in the opening quarter.”
The Cowboys also had a great 19 point second quarter. Starr had another 7 points on two more from inside the arc and one from beyond but there was also some very good balance.
Brew added 4 as did Keanu Fox while Knutson added another bucket. LeMieux and Scheet had free throws and Killdeer had their 19 points.
“We only gave up 21 first half points to a very athletic, fast team,” Doe said as she talked about the team’s defensive effort. “We played them zone and the girls did a very nice job with their assignments. They are a very fast team but we cut down on their break opportunities and just had a solid defensive effort.”
Killdeer, which led 36-21 at the break, also had a strong scoring third quarter.
LeMieux did the heavy lifting in these eight minutes with two buckets and a 3/6 effort from the line for a quarter leading 7 points. Starr again was a factor. The talented wing hit another from deep and one from a bit closer for 5 of her own and with Brew adding another bucket, Killdeer was able to spread the advantage to 50-29 after 24 minutes.
Brew, LeMieux, Scheetz, and Fox were the fourth quarter scorers as each hit a bucket against the Wildfire man defense but that was all that was needed as the final score ended 58-36 visitors.
The Cowboys were paced by Starr’s season high 19 points while Brew ended with 13 and LeMieux 12. Fox finished with 6 while Knutson and Scheetz each added 4.
Abby Honeyman paced the Wildfire with 16.