For just over one quarter, it was a pitched ‘Beach Battle’ between the Buccaneers and Cowboys Thursday in Killdeer.
Then Killdeer’s girls basketball team went into the deep freeze, allowing the visiting Buccaneers to pull away to a decisive 52-35 victory.
For one quarter, Killdeer had the lead and kept it with 13-10 effort.
It looked like the Cowboys would continue to manhandle the Lady Bucs when Chelsey Morlock and Madison Wilhelm scored the first three points of the second quarter and gave Killdeer a 16-10 lead.Then the Buccaneers turned the game around, scoring the next 12 points to take a 22-16 lead.
It was Shawnee Hansen who broke the four
-minute scoreless streak with a three-point shot that cut the lead to 22-19.
But that was the only basket in the final six minutes of the second quarter for the Cowboys, while the Bucs went into halftime with a 24-19 lead.
In the third quarter, the Cowboys still had trouble scoring. Killdeer finished the period with seven points, while the visiting Buccaneers adding 16 to build up a 40-26 lead going into the final quarter.
Beach finished the game by outscoring the Cowboys by a 12-9 margin.
In the final three quarters, the Buccaneers had outscored Killdeer by a 42-22 margin, scoring on Cowboys miscues, turnovers and by dominating the boards.Hansen was the only Cowboy in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Melayna Four Bear scored five points, while Morlock, Wilhelm and Miranda Reiss both scored four points. Shyanne Oversen, Karly Bang and Gracie Doe each added two points. Steena Larsen scored in the fourth quarter, htting a free throw for one point.
Karly Bang was the only Cowboy to foul out on a night when theteam was called for 23 fouls. The Bucs used their trips to the free throw line to cash in on 17 of the 34 attempts.
The Cowboys got six points in the 17 free throws the team attempted.All but one of the Bucs scored Thursday, led by freshman Madi Wilhelmi‘s 13 points. Sophomore center Molly Farstveet helped dominate the boards for the Bucs and scored nine points while doing it. The Bucs got seven points from both Alyssa Braden and Rachel Bosserman. Sam Oech scored six points, while both Laiken Mahlum and Kennady Myers finished with three apiece. Jenna Hildebrant and Andrea Lund scored two points each to round out the scoring.
The victory improved Beach’s Region 7 record to 5-2 and put them in fifth place in the standings behind Bowman County (5-0), Hettinger-Scranton (4-0), Glen Ullin-Hebron (4-1) and Trinity (4-1), The Bucs also improved their season record to 9-3 with the win over Killdeer.
For the Cowboys, the loss dropped the team to tenth place (1
4) and left them with a 6
8 season record.
For Killdeer coach Chad Dahlen, the patter
n was familiar.
He has seen his team play well early, then watch as the opponents take over.
For about 10 minutes, the Cowboys were outplaying the visitors and built up a 16
“We really went flat in that second half, the coach said after the game.
There was no movement. The
offense got a little stagnant. We started settling for the first open shot instead of trying to get the good
shot. You can’t beat the good teams that way.