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Cowboys use dominant third to triumph over Raiders

RICHARDTON -- Thursday night's matchup between the Killdeer girls basketball team and Richardton-Taylor was meaningful, as each team searched for its second Region 7 victory.

Richardton-Taylor sophomore forward Carly Diede eyes the basket as she drives into the lane against Killdeer on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Richardton-Taylor High School. (Shelby Reardon / THe Dickinson Press)
Richardton-Taylor sophomore forward Carly Diede eyes the basket as she drives into the lane against Killdeer on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Richardton-Taylor High School. (Shelby Reardon / THe Dickinson Press)

RICHARDTON - Thursday night's matchup between the Killdeer girls basketball team and Richardton-Taylor was meaningful, as each team searched for its second Region 7 victory.

With a foul-filled, back-and-forth first half, it was hard to guess which team would come out on top. Hitting the 70-point mark for the first time this season, the Cowboys came away with the much-needed win, leaving the court with huge grins on their faces. Killdeer outscored Richardton-Taylor 29-7 in the third quarter, going on to win 74-48 on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Richardton-Taylor High School.

"We've been playing everyone really tough, we just haven't been able to play that third quarter real well," Killdeer head coach Chad Dahlen said. "The third quarter has been our achilles heel all year, so that was kind of the thing we've been gearing at the last few games. With (Dickinson) Trinity, we came out and played pretty well in the third quarter and tonight again. I think, hopefully, we're over that little mental block we've had all year."

Entering the second quarter, the Raiders held a 16-10 advantage, but thanks to the hot shooting of senior guard Melayna Four Bear, that soon changed.

Following a baseline inbounds pass, Four Bear netted a 3-pointer from closer to half court than the arc, putting the Cowboys within one, 20-19. Less than a minute later, she hit another, tying the contest at 22.

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Coming out of the locker rooms, Killdeer held a meager 30-29 advantage, but once again, Four Bear fired away.

After back-to-back threes brought the score to 38-29 with 6:36 left in the third, the 5-foot-5 guard switched things up. Senior Steena Larsen found Four Bear underneath, who then dribbled once before putting a shot in off the glass. Capping off a third quarter in which she scored 13 of her team-high 19 points, Four Bear struck again from deep to bring the lead to 48-33.

"The last few games, she's been just settling for the three," Dahlen said. "In this game, I told her to quit settling for the three and start attacking the basket because then they're not going to know what to do with you. She started doing that and that really opened it up for her."

Behind Four Bear, junior Rowyn Murray earned 15 points, while senior Shawnee Hansen followed with seven.

On the other end of the court, the Cowboys clogged the Raiders struggling offense, doubling up on the ball handler, forcing turnovers and travel calls.

Killdeer wasn't much better when it came to fouls, accumulating 13 in the first half, while Richardton-Taylor committed 14. By night's end, the two teams combined for 51 fouls, which resulted in a total of 57 free-throw attempts.

In the first half, the Raiders were able to counter the blunders with their energy and aggression on offense.

"The first half was definitely our best basketball just because they started playing as a team together and they were having fun out there," Richardton-Taylor head coach Andrea Crow said. "You could see our improvement just in that with the ball, passing around, more confident in their passes, layups, shots. We almost got every player in the scoring column, which is kind of new for us."

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The Raiders broke away early thanks to eight straight points from sophomore forward Carly Diede, who led all players with 23 points. Midway through the first quarter, Richardton led 10-3 and held that gap until the end of the frame when the scoreboard read 16-10, favoring the girls in blue.

"She's a really strong player as it is. She's one of the better ones, I believe, in the region, as far as her physicality," Crow said of Diede. "She never stops. She's like a train that never stops. Unless you get her in foul trouble, she's going to keep going."

Diede ended the evening with four fouls, but didn't let it slow her down. When she wasn't forcing her way to the basket, she guided her team on inbounds passes, yelling out plays and encouragements.

"I say we worked really well as a team today," Diede said. "For us Raiders, we're kind of the underdogs. We don't really work together really well, so tonight came together really nice."

Killdeer 74, Richardton-Taylor 48

K 10 20 29 15

RT 16 13 7 12

K: Melayna Four Bear 19, Rowyn Murray 15, Shawnee Hansen 8, Gracie Doe 7, Karly Bang 6, ShyAnne Oversen 6, Chelsey Morlock 4, Madison Wilhelm 2, Myranda Reiss 2, Kylee Boltz 2, Tyra Dahlen 2, Steena Larsen 1.

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RT: Carly Diede 23, Skylar Crow 8, ElleGoetz 6, Ieesha Jordan 6, Gracee Kuntz 4, Maylyn Naumann 1.

3-pointers: K 8 (Four Bear 5), RT 0. Free throws: K 18-36, RT 10-21. Total fouls: K 24, RT 27. Fouled out: K, Wilhelm. Records: K 8-10 (2-6 Region 7), RT 2-14 (1-7 Region 7).

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