Girls pick up key district cage win over New Town
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City used a strong fourth quarter to knock off the New Town Eagles 53-51 last Monday evening to pick up a key District 15 win.
The Wolves, who are now 3-6 on the season, will be at home this week as they host Mandaree on Thursday, Ray on Saturday and then Divide County on Tuesday.
Watford City 53, New Town 51
Never say die could very well have been Watford City’s motto during last Monday night’s District 15 girls basketball game against the New Town Eagles.
The Wolves who have been struggling offensively their last few games could have easily folded up when they found themselves down by nine points with seven minutes left in the game. But they didn’t and according to Berton Bates, Wolves head coach, coming back to earn the win was big for his team.
“This win was a big confidence builder for us,” stated Bates. “We had some big plays at the end of the game for the win.”
The Wolves found themselves trailing 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and by five points, 27-22, at halftime.
Both teams netted 13 points in the third quarter before the Wolves battled back outscoring the Eagles 18-11 in the final eight minutes to take the win.
Dani Bates led the Wolves in scoring with 16 points, while Marti Quale and Alexis Sanford netted nine points each.
Also scoring for Watford City was Olivia Sundeen with eight points, McKayla Haugeberg with five points, while Stephanie Deutsch, Jayme Johnson and Shakira McLaughlin ended the game with two points each.
For the game, the Wolves shot 20 of 45 from the field for 44 percent and were good on nine of 13 at the charity stripe for 69 percent.
Watford City 9 22 35 53
New Town 15 27 40 51