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Bowman County Bulldogs girls basketball comes back, beats Heart River Cougars

KILLDEER -- Bowman County's girls basketball team played a tremendous third quarter Tuesday, mounting a comeback against Heart River to take a 49-43 win in their first-round game of the Roughrider Tournament. After trading the lead in the opening...

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Bowman County junior Mikayla Bartholomay, right, drives into the lane against Heart River Tuesday in the Bulldogs’ win in the first round of the Roughrider Tournament at Killdeer High School. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

KILLDEER - Bowman County’s girls basketball team played a tremendous third quarter Tuesday, mounting a comeback against Heart River to take a 49-43 win in their first-round game of the Roughrider Tournament.
After trading the lead in the opening quarter, the Cougars created some separation to go into halftime with a 27-18 lead. The Bulldogs held Heart River scoreless for the better part of five minutes in the third quarter, working to create a 37-31 lead going into the fourth.
“We have a group of girls that is so athletic, and we knew that if we didn’t press, we weren’t going to come back in this game,” Bulldogs head coach Jayden Schoch said. “And it was that press that did it. We were able to run the offense and calm down.”
Bowman County freshman Ellie Stafford scored a game-high 17 points in the win. Teammates Meggie Fischer and Mikayla Bartholomay chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively.
Heart River managed just four points in the third quarter, unable to match Bowman County’s newfound intensity.
“We kind of lost our flow,” said Dustin Honeyman, Heart River’s acting head coach after Kelsey Boedeker resigned for health reasons on Sunday. “I thought we fought really hard in that third quarter, but the shots just weren’t falling. Their adjustments (on defense) were flustering us too. It wasn’t a good combination.”
Bowman County also beat Heart River on the glass, posting a 40-21 advantage, including 23 boards on the offensive end.
“We got beat up on the boards,” Honeyman said. “They got so many second-chance shots, and that didn’t get fixed either in the second half.”
Heart River stayed competitive well into the fourth quarter despite shooting just 8 of 48 from the floor (16.7 percent) in the game.
Cougars sophomore Ashlyn Privratsky led her team with 15 points, and senior Brittni Krance added 10.
Bowman County moves on to the second round of the Roughrider Tournament to face Watford City at 6 p.m. Thursday, while Heart River will take on Richardton-Taylor at 3 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket at KHS.

Bowman County 49, Heart River 43
BC 10 8 19 12 - 49
HR 10 17 4 12 - 43
BC: Ellie Stafford 17, Meggie Fischer 11, Mikayla Bartholomay 9, Kaitlyn Hill 7, Maury Burke 5.
HR: Ashlyn Privratsky 15, Brittni Krance 10, Mara Obrigewitch 4, Bayli Krance 4, Bailey Olson 4, Allison Buckman 3, Laynee Kudrna 3.
3-pointers: BC 3 (M. Bartholomay 1, Burke 1, Hill 1), HR 4 (Br. Krance 2, Privatsky 2). Free throws: B 4-13, HR 15-23. Total fouls: B 17, HR 19. Fouled out: B, Burke 1, HR 0. Rebounds: B 40 (Stafford 12), HR 21 (Privatsky 6). Assists: B 5 (two tied with 2), HR 2 (Br. Krance). Steals: B 7 (Stafford 4), HR 5 (five tied with 1). Blocks: B 3 (Hill 2), HR 1 (Br. Krance). Turnovers: V 14, HR 4.

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