Lady Wildfire fall to Bowman County

The lady Wildfire played visitor to Bowman County on Thursday Jan. 22. Mott/Regent entered the contest 0-4 in the Region 7 standings, and failed to secure a tally in the win column against the Bulldogs.

Abbey Kautzman looks to pass against Bowman County. The lady Wildfire lost to the Bowman County Bulldogs 59-35.
Abbey Kautzman looks to pass against Bowman County. The lady Wildfire lost to the Bowman County Bulldogs 59-35.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The lady Wildfire played visitor to Bowman County on Thursday Jan. 22. Mott/Regent entered the contest 0-4 in the Region 7 standings, and failed to secure a tally in the win column against the Bulldogs.

Mott/Regent won the opening tip-off and scored the first basket of the night, a 3-pointer from senior guard Shantel Herner.

The scoring went back and forth until roughly the three-minute mark of the first quarter, and then the lady Bulldogs went on a scoring run. Bowman County would score 10 unanswered points to take a 16-7 lead with 2:54 left in the quarter.

Each team played the first quarter clean, combining for only two fouls in the first eight minutes of the game.

The first quarter ended and the second began with a Wildfire scoring run of five points, but Bowman County answered back with a run of their own. Scoring five the lady Bulldogs essentially erased what progress Mott/Regent had gained.

Mott/Regent stopped the run with one basket, but Bowman County scored six more after that.

The half ended with Bowman County ahead by 13 points.

Junior Sadie Ambers shined for Mott/Regent in the third quarter.

She played hard down at the post and forced her way to the basket on the way to a nine-point third quarter scoring performance.

Head Coach Adam Hill said they discussed feeding the ball to the post during the halftime break.

“We did talk about that (getting the ball at the post) at half time,” Hill said.

It showed with Ambers scoring, though Hill said she was the one to finish the plays and sometimes it wasn’t just because the play set it up that way.

“Some of it she just did on her own,” Hill said.

Ambers is the leading scorer on the team.

Unfortunately, Ambers was the only one to score.

By the time the fourth quarter started, the lady Wildfire were already in an 18-point deficit. Junior Kaitlyn Duncan, one of Mott/Regent’s taller players, came in for some defensive help but was called back to the bench after three quick fouls down at the post.

The lady Wildfire were only outscored by four points in the final quarter, but the deficit was to much to overcome and they fell to the lady Bulldogs 59-35.

Mott/Regent struggled with poor play execution, sometimes waiting too long and other times not being patient enough. Hill added that the struggles with play execution could be attributed to the fact that they implemented a new offensive scheme the day before in practice, so they were still learning the intricacies.

Staunch defense from Bowman County lead to tough shot selection, and the lack of offensive rebounds also hurt the lady Wildfire by giving the lady Bulldogs more opportunities on the offensive side of the ball.

“Yes we did have issues with that (shot selection and offensive rebounding),” Hill said.

Hill added that they next day in practice they discussed shot selection.

Bowman County lead Mott/Regent in total rebounds 38 to 26.

Mott/Regent shot 40 percent from the free-throw line on the evening, making six shots on 15 opportunities. Bowman County went 10 for 17.

Leading the way in scoring for Mott/Regent was Ambers with a game high 19 points. Second on the team was Herner with nine.

Leading the team in rebounds was Ambers with seven. Ambers also tallied three steals.

Junior Abbey Kautzman had five of Mott/Regent’s 10 assists.

Freshman Meggie Fischer lead Bowman County in scoring with 12.

Junior Hannah Septon and sophomore Mikayla Bartholomay closely followed Fischer, each with 11.

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