REGION 7 TOURNAMENT: Bowman County uses big 4th quarter to beat KilldeerBowman County head coach Pam Fisher and Killdeer head coach Sarah Doe knew their quarterfinal game of the Region 7 Tournament was going to be a battle. It was exactly that from the get-go.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher and Killdeer head coach Sarah Doe knew their quarterfinal game of the Region 7 Tournament was going to be a battle.
It was exactly that from the get-go.
However, District 13 runner-up Bowman County supplied a 22-point fourth quarter en route to a 62-54 win over Killdeer, the No. 3-seed in District 14, on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“I think the difference for us was we had some aggressive play on offense early,” Fisher said. “They got into some foul trouble. We didn’t shoot great from the free-throw line, but we got there a lot.”
Getting to the free-throw line was the Bulldogs biggest lift, especially in the second half. They made 18 trips. Though Bowman County only made 10, its defense kept Killdeer off the line. The Cowboys shot just six free throws.
The Bulldogs finished 18 of 32 while the Cowboys were 3 of 6.
“It really stopped the momentum of our game,” Doe said. “The fouls on us really put a little bit of a mental stop at our abilities."
Bowman County (13-10) also knew at halftime it needed to do a better job of rebounding. The Bulldogs’ message worked as they outrebounded the Cowboys 43-32 and had 20 offensive rebounds.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Killdeer held a 44-40 lead.
The Bulldogs didn’t waste much time before going on a 10-2 run to take a 50-46. The Cowboys (10-11) never retook the lead, but tied it at 52 with 2 minutes, 53 seconds remaining. Bowman County had a number of second-chance opportunities in the fourth.
“We knew getting second-chance points would be key, especially against a taller team,” Fisher said. “We had to work hard on the offensive boards to have a chance.”
Bowman County didn’t buckle down the stretch and finished the game with a 10-2 run as Morgan Woodley supplied back-to-back layups to extend the lead to six with 1:15 left.
The game wasn’t always that easy for Woodley. During a 20-second stretch in the third quarter, Woodley missed three consecutive free throws. She was relieved when her fourth free-throw went in.
“That was a struggle for me,” said Woodley, who had a team-high 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals. “It was just a weird thing. I don’t normally miss too many free throws, but I finally got that last one in and I knew I had to get it together if I was going to shoot anymore.”
Fisher said it was a complete team effort. Kit Miller posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Kaylee Heinrich supplied 12 points and four rebounds. Ariana Zook chipped in nine points, four assists and four steals. Haley Sabe tallied seven points, five assists and three rebounds.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Fisher said. “Everybody that hit the floor contributed.”
At halftime, the Cowboys led 32-31 despite their leading scorer throughout the season, junior Morgan LeMieux, only playing 6 minutes. She was tagged with third foul with 5:37 left in the second quarter.
Killdeer shot 52 percent (15-for-29) from the field during the first half to hold the halftime edge.
“I thought that the girls off the bench did a great job,” Doe said. “We’ve had some foul trouble throughout the season, so they’ve had opportunities like that to work in those situations.”
LeMieux finished with 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. Kelsey Knutson had a team-high 12 points and five rebounds, while Alison Scheetz added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Bulldogs have a rematch with Dickinson Trinity, which marked each team’s season finale on Feb. 23 when the District 14 champion Titans escapade with a 37-36 win at Bowman. They meet again at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.
“That one-point game really got to me,” Woodley said with a smile. “I’ll be ready tomorrow and I know everyone else will be.”
Killdeer 13 32 44 54
BC 14 31 40 62
K: Kelsey Knutson 12, Morgan LeMieux 10, Alison Scheetz 10, Ashley Brew 9, Jessica Starr 8, Jurnee Murray 3, Elizabeth Strommen 2.
BC: Morgan Woodley 15, Kaylee Heinrich 12, Kit Miller 11, Ariana Zook 9, Haley Sabe 7, Brittany Hansey 6, Kaitlyn Dix 2.
3-pointers: K 3 (Starr 2, Brew 1), BC 4 (Woodley 2, Sabe 1, Zook 1). Free throws: K 3-6, BC 18-32 Total fouls: K 22, BC 14. Fouled out: K, LeMieux, Scheetz. BC, Heinrich. Rebounds: K 32 (Starr 7), BC 43 (Miller 10). Assists: K 21 (Brew 5, Scheetz 5), BC 15 (Sabe 5). Steals: K 7 (Starr 2, Scheetz 2, LeMieux 2), BC 12 (Zook 4). Blocks: K 1 (Knutson 1), BC 1 (Woodley 1). Turnovers: K 17, BC 13. Records: K 10-11, BC 13-10.