Hustle pays off for Wolves
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity girls basketball team improved its season to 10-2 as the Wolves picked up wins over Mandaree and Divide County this past week.
The Wolves routed Mandaree, 78-38, on Tuesday and then upended Region 8 rivals Divide County, 52-44, on Thursday.
This week, the Wolves will be at home as they host Stanley on Thursday and Killdeer on Friday.
Watford City 78, Mandaree 38
A young Mandaree team was no match for Watford City last Tuesday as the Wolves crushed the Warriors, 78-38, in District 15 action.
Watford City used a press and trapping defense to jump out to a decisive 37-7 first-quarter lead as the Wolves were en route to the easy win.
“Our starters got a lot done in a limited amount of playing time,” stated John Zenz, Wolves’ head coach.
With the win securely in hand, Zenz’s bench players took over and played the majority of the game.
Watford City led the Warriors, 53-21, at halftime and by 40 points, 66-26, at the end of three quarters of play.
Katie Mogen led the Wolves in scoring with 19 points on eight of 10 shooting from the field, while Brianna Allex had 14 points on six of eight shooting from the field and McKayla Haugeberg chipped in 12 points, hitting on six of seven attempts from the field.
“Madison Brown had a good game off the bench, scoring 11 points, including hitting five of five from the free-throw line,” stated Zenz.
Also scoring for the Wolves was Amanda Mogen with seven points, Tasha Bailey with four points, Jeanna Zenz with three points, while Sadie Kieson, Charlie Hystad, Fallon Fladeland, and Taylor Sparby ended the game with two points each.
Jessica Brown led the Wolves with seven rebounds, while Fladeland had eight assists. Haugeberg and Amanda Mogen each had five steals to pace the Wolves.
Watford City 37 53 66 78
Tioga 7 21 26 38
Watford City 52, Divide County 44
Watford City used its quickness and scrappiness to overcome Divide County’s height advantage as the Wolves defeated the Maroons, 52-44, in Region 8 action on Thursday.
The Wolves trailed the Maroons, 13-12, at the end of the first quarter of play, but a 16-7 second-quarter scoring spree by Watford City set the stage for the big win.
“We struggled against their inside size early on and we didn’t shoot well from the field,” stated John Zenz, Wolves’ head coach. “But we picked up a hard-fought win.”
For the game, the Wolves shot 38 percent from the field, hitting on 24 of 64 attempts and were good on only four of 14 attempts at the charity stripe.
Watford City led the Maroons by 12 points, 42-30, at the end of the third quarter and then held off a fourth-quarter challenge by Divide County.
Brianna Allex led the Wolves in scoring with 16 points, followed by Katie Mogen with 10 points.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was McKayla Haugeberg with nine points, Amanda Mogen with six points, Sadie Kieson with five points, Charlie Hystad with four points and Madison Brown with two points.
Hystad led the Wolves with seven rebounds, while Amanda Mogen had five assists. Haugeberg, Allex and Amanda Mogen each had four steals in the game.
Watford City 12 28 42 52
Divide County 13 20 30 44