Watford boys fall to Killdeer, Beach
By Neal A. Shipman
The long Christmas break took a toll on the Watford City varsity boys team as the Wolves dropped games to Killdeer and Beach this past week.
“Slow starts in the first quarter had us playing catch-up in both games,” stated Randy Cranston, Wolves’ head coach. “We played better on Friday so hopefully that is a step in the right direction. With three games this week, hopefully, we will begin to gel and become more consistent.”
The Wolves, who are now 2-6 on the season, are looking to get back on the winning track as they travel to Mandaree on Thursday and then take on Divide County in Super Saturday action at Williston State College on Jan. 14. Watford City will play the Maroons in the 8 p.m. game.
Killdeer 68, Watford City 48
Watford City was never able to recover from a very slow start last Thursday against a strong Killdeer team as the Wolves fell to the Cowboys, 68-48.
Watford City trailed the Cowboys by 12 points, 19-7, at the end of the first quarter and by 17 at the half. The Wolves’ offensive woes continued in the second half as Watford City trailed Killdeer by 18 points, 55-37, at the end of the third quarter of play.
Three Watford City players hit double figure scoring in the loss with Shawn Fulwider pacing the Wolves with 16 points, while Reid Brown and Tyler Bates netted 10 points each.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Michael Schulz and Cole Rolfsrud with four points each, while Mitchell Liebel and Dustin Kleppen ended the game with two points each.
Killdeer 19 38 55 68
Watford City 7 21 37 48
Beach 68, Watford City 56
After trailing the Beach Bucs by 10 points at the end of the first quarter of play, Watford City’s offense came alive in the second quarter to get the Wolves back into the game.
The Wolves poured in 20 points in the second stanza to only take a three-point, 35-32, deficit into the locker room at halftime. But Beach answered back in the third quarter outscoring the Wolves, 14-8, to put the game out of Watford City’s reach.
Shawn Fulwider and Tyler Bates paced the Wolves in scoring with 20 and 11 points, respectively.
Also scoring for Watford City was Mitchell Liebel with seven points, Reid Brown, Lucas Nicholson, and Michael Schulz with five points each, Cole Rolfsrud with two points and Dustin Kleppen with one point.
Beach 22 35 49 68
Watford City 12 32 40 56