Nighthawks fly away from Cowboys for 64-38 win in region opener

Killdeer’s Karly Bang chases after the ball after stripping it from the hands of Hettinger-Scranton’s Abbie Kludt (10) in the second half of Monday’s game in Killdeer. The visiting Nighthawks won a 64-38 decision with a strong second-half surge. Herald photo / Brad Mosher

It was close for a while, but Hettinger-Scranton ran away in the second half Monday to claim an easy 64-38 road victory over the Cowboys.

By Brad Mosher

The Herald

It was close for a while, but Hettinger-Scranton ran away in the second half Monday to claim an easy 64-38 road victory over the Cowboys.

It started slowly with battling to an 8-8 tie in the first quarter.

But the visiting Nighthawks slowly pulled away to an 18-12 lead in the final three minutes of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cowboys kept it close.

Hettinger-Scranton took a 26-17 lead with less than four minutes left, but a three-pointer by Melayna Four Bear with  3:20 left before halftime trimmed the lead to six points (26-20).

The visitors built a 10-point lead (30-20) with just over a minute left, but the Cowboys got back-to-back scores in the next 30 seconds to close the score to seven, but a pair of free throws with six seconds left pushed the Nighthawk lead to 32-23 at halftime.

Karly Bang got the Cowboys off to a fast start in the third quarter, getting a steal and basket in the first 30 seconds, cutting the lead to 32-25.

But the visitors turned on their turbos and went on a quick 6-0 run to break open a 38-25 lead.

Then the Nighthawks went on an 11-5 run to build a 47-30 lead by the end of the quarter.

In the final quarter, the Nighthawks kept up the pressure in the final quarter with 17 points.

Samantha Oase, Hettinger-Scranton’s sophomore six-foot center dominated the inside, blocking shots on defense, grabbing rebounds and powering her way to a 21-point evening.

Alyssa Andress finished with 11 points, while Carolyn Schultz added eight. Senior Abbie Kludt had seven points, including a three-pointer in the third quarter.

Both Brianna Sanford and Quinn Mellmer had five points each. Abbi Steeke scored four and Bailee Pierce added three points to close out the scoring.

Shawnee Hansen scored 12 points to lead the Cowboys. Four Bear added eight points, while ShyAnne Oversen had six. Bang scored four points while both Tyra Dahlen and Rowyn Murray put in three. Kylee Boltz added two points.

The loss dropped the Cowboys to 5-5 for the season while the Nighthawks improved to 8-1.

“We wanted to hang with them a little bit longer than what we did,” Killdeer coach Chad Dahlen said. “They are the number one team in our region right now,” he added.

“In the third quarter, we made a lot of mental errors.  But the first half, I was happy with, but in the second half, we just broke down.”

The team hosted Beulah Thursday before heading to Bismarck for Saturday’s jamboree competition.

Killdeer 68, Washburn 31

The Cowboys jumped out to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter Friday (Jan. 4) on the way to a lopsided 68-31 victory over Washburn.

The win improved the Killdeer squad to 5-4 for the season, while the Washburn Cardinals fell to to 3-7.

The Cowboys pulled away to a 38-16 halftime advantage.

Hansen and Four Bears accounted for all of the team’s first-quarter scoring. Hansen had 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Four Bear hit a three-pointer and two other baskets in the first period.

In the second quarter, Hansen had six of the team’s 20 points, while Four Bear added another three.

The rest of the team pitched in in the breakaway quarter adding 11 more. Tyra Dahlen put in four in the second quarter, while Steena Larsen and Madison Wilhelm each added two points.

Killdeer continued to pull away from the hosts, scoring 22 points in the third quarter to build a 60-23 lead.

Hansen again hit for double digits in a quarter, adding another 10 points to her total. Dahlen added three more baskets to her eventual total of 10 points, while while Oversen his a three-pointer.

The hosts managed to outscore the Cowboys’ bench by an 8-6 margin in the final quarter.

Hansen led all scorers with 23 points, while Four Bear finished with 12 and Dahlen put in 10 points for the visiting Cowboys.

Killdeer had two players score four points each (Wilhelm and Murray). Three teammates, Larsen, Oversen and Gracie Doe, each finished with three points. Myranda Reiss and Bang each scored two points.

Jordan Waldren led the Cardinals with 13 points, followed by Jenna Retterath with eight points. Emily Scheresky and Caitlyn Scheresky each scored four points, while Brook Tibke added two.

The Cowboys had a big edge in scoring, hitting 19 two-point baskets, compared to the Cardinals’ total of 12.

From beyond the three-point arc, the Cowboys hit six, while Washburn had none, meaning an 18-0 scoring advantage from long range.

“The girls had some intense practices over the Christmas break and this game showed the work they put in,” coach Dahlen said after the game.

“I was impressed with their defensive intensity through out the game, they really got locked in on their defensive assignments tonight and had some great reads on defense.

“This was a tremendous team effort by everyone,” he added.

Killdeer 18 20 22 6 68

Washburn 10 6 7 8 31

Halftime: Killdeer 38, Washburn 16


Shawnee Hansen 23; Mealnia Four Bear 12; Tyra Dahlen 10; Madison Wilhelm 4; Rowyn Murray 4; Steena Larsen 3; Shyanne Oversen 3; Gracie Doe 3; Myranda Reiss 2; Karly Bang 2.


Jordan Waldren 13; Jenna Retterath 8; Emily Scheresky 4; Caitlyn Scheresky 4; Brook Tibke 2.

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