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Blue Hawks corral a Cowboy: Killdeer’s Reiss signs with DSU basketball

Coming off a historic season for the Killdeer girls basketball team, senior Bridgette Reiss can add another accolade to the list. Below Region 7 champion and state runner-up, Reiss' resume now includes Dickinson State commit.

Members of the Dickinson State women's basketball team welcome Killdeer senior Bridgette Reiss to the squad at a signing party on Monday, March 19 at the DSU Foundation House. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Members of the Dickinson State women's basketball team welcome Killdeer senior Bridgette Reiss to the squad at a signing party on Monday, March 19 at the DSU Foundation House. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Coming off a historic season for the Killdeer girls basketball team, senior Bridgette Reiss can add another accolade to the list. Below Region 7 champion and state runner-up, Reiss' resume now includes Dickinson State commit.

Joined by coaches old and new, and future Blue Hawk teammates, Reiss signed on to play for the Dickinson State women's basketball team on Monday, March 19 at the DSU Foundation House.

"It's weird but it's super exciting," Reiss said. "To be able to continue off of what we did this year, it's super awesome."

The 6-foot forward helped the Cowboys go 22-5, including a 12-game winning streak. While the team as a whole had a stellar season, Reiss stood out to DSU women's basketball head coach Liz Lewis.

"Honestly it was her height," Lewis said. "It's not every day you find a 6-foot player. So that was the first thing that caught my eye. Also her shot. She's a very pretty shooter. That's the thing she did very well for Killdeer this year. They had a great year and I think she'll do some great things for us."

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This past season, in which the Blue Hawks went 5-24, the tallest players were junior Rojin Karahan and freshman Madison Hansen who both stand 5-foot-10, making Reiss the tallest player. However, that could change before next season with more recruiting.

"Her role will be to come in to play some defense with her length to help us out defensively, but also to knock down shots. I do believe that she can turn into quite the scorer."

In the state tournament, Reiss scored four points in the quarterfinal, 10 in the semifinal, including two 3-pointers, and seven points in the championship game.

"She understands how important the team is," Killdeer girls basketball head coach Ashlee Viveros said of Reiss. "I hope that she carries that on with her as she goes to Dickinson State. I think that she has a confidence in knowing that she was among the top teams in the state and I think she'll be able to carry that confidence as she continues and plays at the next level."

Viveros, who also attended Dickinson State is looking forward to bringing next year's squad down to watch Reiss play.

"I got to play here too so I'm really really excited to see her in the blue and grey and play for the school that I love," Viveros said.

Like most athletes, Reiss wanted to play in college, but hadn't considered it in a while.

"When I was younger that was the dream and then it kind of faded away," Reiss said. "After this year when we had a bunch of fun, I was like, oh, yeah I kind of don't want to stop this. I'm just going to see where it takes me the next few years."

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Reiss isn't the only Cowboy senior to continue playing ball in college. Sydney Anderson and Trae Murray already committed to Bismarck State College.

"I feel extremely proud, not just of these three, but obviously it makes you so proud as a coach when they go on," Viveros said. "They continue that love for basketball so it's pretty cool we're able to have three of our seven seniors go on to the next level."

DSU commit Bridgette Reiss shares a look with her father after officially signing with the women's basketball team. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
DSU commit Bridgette Reiss shares a look with her father after officially signing with the women's basketball team. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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