Stanley defeats Heart River 47-43, advances to Roughrider Tournament Championship

The Stanley Blue Jays never trailed in their rout of the Heart River Cougars as they won 47-43 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Roughrider Tournament.

Heart River went on a 5-0 run to end the first half and tie the score at 23, but they could not sustain that run.

The Cougars went ice cold in the third quarter, and they could not buy a bucket which included several point-blank shots.

It didn’t help that the Blue Jays stormed out of the locker room at halftime and scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to go up 33-23.

Heart River’s first bucket came when junior Caylee Wilke scored on an uncontested layup with 2:01 left in the quarter.


She led the Cougars with 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

Wilke scored the only other bucket of the quarter for the Cougars, which was a layup in the closing seconds. Stanley led 33-27 going into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The Cougars got the score within a single point twice in the fourth quarter, but they were never able to get over the hump.

The two teams traded buckets for several possessions to make the score 38-32, but then Heart River went on a 5-0 run.

Sophomore Jersey Filkowski turned Stanley over and made a free throw followed by a smooth eurostep from senior Laken Jacobson to make the score 38-35.

Senior Afton Shypkoski scored a breakaway layup to make the score 38-37.

A few minutes later a layup by Wilke made the score 42-41, but that was the final time that the Cougars posed a threat.

Taylor Dean started off the contest hot for the Blue Jays. She scored eight of Stanley’s first nine points en route to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.


Dean finished with nine points in the contest.

Early in the second quarter, the Cougars got the Blue Jays into foul trouble as they were into the bonus with over six minutes left until halftime.

Half of Heart River’s 14 points during the second quarter came at the free-throw line.

Sophomore Meg Silbernagel of Heart River led the Cougars with 10 rebounds.

Freshman Ava Schuster was the leading scorer for Stanley with 11 points.

The Blue Jays will face Hettinger-Scranton Saturday night in the championship game of the Roughrider Tournament at 7:30.

Heart River will take on Bowman County in the third-place game slated for 6:00 pm.


Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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