Lady Wildfire suffer loss to rolling Killdeer

The Cowboys came into the regional tournament winning four straight games, and scoring 37 more points then their opponents.

Madison Meier reaches for a loose ball against Killdeer. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Cowboys came into the regional tournament winning four straight games, and scoring 37 more points then their opponents.

Their momentum continued into the second round of the Region 7 Girls basketball tournament as they defeated Mott-Regent 63-36, thanks to a 19-4 third quarter performance.

The Lady Cowboys weren’t messing around. They employed the full-court press against the Lady Wildfire right off of tipoff.

Mott-Regent managed to take their first lead midway through the first quarter on an Ellie Messmer free throw. They held a one-point advantage until Killdeer went on an 11-2 run to end the first quarter.

It was clear early on in the second quarter Killdeer was on fire. They weren’t missing anything from all around the court, including long-range shots.

Entering the half the Wildfire faced a 35-21 deficit. Then came the dreaded third quarter.

For the first six minutes, Killdeer dropped 19 points on the Lady Wildfire. Mott-Regent was held to a single point during that run. Another Messmer free throw stopped the run.

But Mott-Regent couldn’t make much happen. They drove to the hoop and came up with a miss, or a turnover.

With Killdeer driving fast in transition, they got hot and scored three more before the third buzzer rang.

Mott-Regent outscored Killdeer 11-6 in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much and the mercy rule had kicked in, which meant a running clock.

Leading the scoring effort for the Lady Wildfire was both Messmer and senior MaLynn Kautzman with 14 points a piece. Each senior also contributed six rebounds.

For Killdeer, Trae Murray went for a game high 20 points. She was followed by Taycee Butts who had 10.

With the loss Mott-Regent’s season came to an end. Killdeer will play Bowman County Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

SCORING—MR: Kautzman (14), Messmer (14), Maddison Johnson (4), Kiara Koepplin (2), Jenaya Manolovits (2). K: Murray (20), Butts (10), Sydney Anderson (8), Karly Bang (8), Gabi Flaget (6), Kiara Mason (3), Steena Larson (2), Morgan Marquardt (2), Shawnee Hansen (2), Bridgette Reiss (2).

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