Killdeer girls hoops team humble, hungry

The Killdeer School girls varsity basketball team returns a lot of experience to the new season. The team includes, front row, from left, Steena Larsen, Corrie Dobitz, Chenneth Morlock, Gabi Flaget, Taycee Butts, Cate Fredericks, Madi Hill; back row, Shawnee Hansen, Kiara Mason, Trae Murray, Bridgette Reiss, Hannah Kling, Sydney Andersen, Morgan Marquardt. Not pictured: Karly Bang.

Adverse weather wreaked havoc with the Killdeer High School girls basketball team. The season opener was washed out and the 41st Annual Roughrider Girls Tournament was rescheduled.


In between, however, the Cowboys challenged defending Class B state champion Shiloh Christian on the road. For three quarters, the Cowboys gave the champs all they could handle. But the Shiloh Christian pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a victory.

Was it a moral victory? Maybe. But Killdeer head coach Ashlee Viveros isn’t interested in morale victories. She shouldn’t be. Not with this team.

The Cowboys return 10 letterwinners from a team that went 15-10 last season.

“We’re excited to see what we can do on the court this year,” said Viveros.

Back in the fold include a pair of 3-year letter winners Trae Murray and Sydney Andersen. Both were all-region players a year ago.

Murray led the team in scoring (15.6 per game), rebounding (9 per game) and blocked shots (28 for the season).

Andersen had some pretty gaudy numbers as well, averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and led the team with 93 steals.

But this squad has many more weapons. She is the team’s top long-range bomber, having made 17 treys last year.

Gabi Flaget is also back and chipped in nearly seven points and six rebounds per game and 33 steals.

The other letter winners include: Karly Bang, Shawnee Hansen, Bridgette Reiss, Taycee Butts, Kiara Mason, Morgan Marquardt and Cate Fredericks.

The experience will go a long way for this team, said Viveros, because they are hungry but humble. They know what it will take to be successful.

“These are some of the most mature kids I’ve worked with,” said Viveros. “We do have talent, but they know nobody is going to give us anything. They know we have to work for it.”

Though they had a test and learning experience against Shiloh Christian, the test will continue this weekend in the tournament with some of the top teams in the super region participating, including preseason favorite Bowman County.

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