It was a defensive game all around, and the leads changed after every quarter.
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It was a defensive game all around, and the leads changed after every quarter. The Lady Wildfire visited Region 7 opponent Killdeer on Jan. 28 and the game came down to a single point. Mott-Regent ultimately came out with the 37-38 loss against the Cowgirls. “They’re (Killdeer) very good defensively, but I thought we were really go defensively so both directions it was a struggle,” Head Coach Adams Hill said. The third quarter especially displayed the defensive prowess of each team, as Killdeer was held to just two points, while the Lady Wildfire only put up five. Looking back, Hill said his team missed some short shots that normally haven’t been a problem for his team this season. “We probably missed four shots that we normally would make,” Hill said. In the first quarter each squad came out firing. Both teams scored in double digits, with Lady Wildfire finishing ahead of Killdeer 14-10. The Cowgirls matched their first quarter score in the second, putting up another 10 points and outscoring the Lady Wildfire after they were held to only six points. The half ended with each team having 20 points on the scoreboard. After the low scoring third quarter something clicked, and both teams were back in top form for the final quarter of the contest. Each team again scored in double digits. Killdeer accrued 16 points while the Lady Wildfire put up 12, one short of a tie and a basket shy of the victory. Hill said that heading into the fourth quarter each team kind of figured out open holes in the opponent’s defense. “You kind of start figuring out some of the holes,” Hill said. “It was just getting our girls to see the things, that once (Killdeer) rotated, they left open.” Hill added that it was a hard fought regional game, and that the two teams are fairly evenly matched. He did say it was a tough because it was a game they had a chance to take but couldn’t finish, but he and his team need to move on focus on the schedule ahead. Hill noted that there are a group of teams in the region that are fairly evenly matched, and that there will be more games that come down to a low point spread. Top scorer for Mott-Regent was junior Ellie Messmer with 12 points. Senior Sadie Ambers was second with nine. Junior MaLynn Kautzman led the team in rebounds with 10 followed by Ambers who grabbed seven. Leading the scoring campaign for the Cowgirls was sophomore Trae Murray with 16. Junior Tacey Butts and sophomore Sydney Anderson each had eight points. Butts lead the team with seven rebounds for the Killdeer.