Their victim was the Bulldogs from Bowman County and the site of the battle was on the Tiger’s home court. And it was a battle!
Head Coach Pam Fisher called on Seniors Haley Sabe and Kit Miller, and Juniors Brittany Hansey, Kaitlyn Dix and Morgan Woodley to start the game. Coach Jason Jung answered with Seniors Erin Volk and Bryanna Rasch and Juniors Gabbi Hanson, Ashley Plaggemeyer and Hannah Nordby. The foul filled contest saw the Tigers jump out to a quick seven point lead with a field goal from Hanson, a short jumper from Norby and a bomb from Hanson. Finally Miller got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a free throw after more than two minutes of play. After a short time out, the Tigers continued their run with a field goal by Nordy and a pair from the line by Plaggemeyer. Finally, after four minutes of play, Woodley connected for two. That, unfortunately, was when the scoring stopped for the Bulldogs in the first quarter. Hanson scored a bucket and so did Rasch from 12 feet out and after being fouled on a trey attempt, Hanson missed two of three from the line. The quarter ended with a Tiger lead 16-3.
The second quarter began with three turnovers by New England and a pair of baskets for the Bulldogs as Bowman came clawing back. Junior Autumn Wolf came off the bench and nailed a two in an attempt to slow down the Bulldogs, but that didn’t happen. Hansey went one for two from the line, Nordy missed a pair from the line and Hansey returned to the line and connected on a pair. Nordby scored one from the charity stripe. The Tigers committed another turnover and Miller pulled down a rebound and laid it back up for two. Sophomore Justyce Duffield came off the bench and scored two quick baskets. Sophomore Kaylee Heinrich scored two, Hanson made two free throws, Wolf made a free throw and Heinrich scored the last points of the first half with a field goal. Halftime score, Tigers 22, Bulldogs 20.
Bowman County opened the third quarter with five consecutive points from Hansey and the Bulldogs had their first lead of the game. After trading turnovers, Nordby hauled in another rebound and found Rasch open for a fast two. Plaggemeyer had a blocked shot, another Tiger turnover, a pair of missed free throws for the Bulldogs, a basket by Nordby and after Rasch completed the three-point play the hard way, the Tigers led by four. Hansey knocked down a two, Hanson a long two, Heinrich, a pair of twos, two by Nordby, a field goal and a free throw by Hansey and a free throw by Wolf brought the Bulldog lead to only one. Miller closed out the third quarter with a field goal.
Nordby and Hanson each nailed field goals to start the fourth, and bring the Tigers to another lead. Heinrich completed a pair from the line, Hanson, one from the line, Hannah, one from the line, Miller, one from the line and a pair of field goals by Heinrich and Rasch brought the score to a 41 all tie. Miller nailed a free throw and the turnover frenzy began as clock ticked away increasing the intensity of play. Miller connected on two from the line, Plaggemeyer a field goal from under the basket, a pair of quick time outs and a pair of free throws by Nordby completed the scoring for the game.
BC 3 20 36 42
NE 16 22 33 47
BC: Brittany Hansey 15, Kit Miller 10, Kaylee Heinrich 10, Justyce Duffield 6, Morgan Woodley 1.
NE: Hannah Nordby 16, Gabbi Hanson 14, Bryanna Rasch 9, Ashley Plaggemeyer 5, Autumn Wolf 3.
3-pointers: BC 1 (Hansey 1), NE 1 (Hanson 1). Free throws: BC 9-19, NE 14-27. Total fouls: BC 21, NE 13. Fouled out: BC, Miller. Rebounds: NE 39 (Nordby 16). Assists: NE 9 (Erin Volk 4). Steals: NE 12 (Nordby 3, Wolf 3). Blocks: NE 3 (Plaggemeyer 3). Turnovers: NE 24. Records: BC 5-5 (0-3 District 13), NE 6-3 (1-1 District 13).