February 9, 2016

Watford boys struggle to find cage wins

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

After picking up its fourth win of the season on Jan. 25, Watford City’s boys basketball team has been struggling to find a win as the Wolves dropped three straight games last week. The Wolves fell to Class A Dickinson High, 102-59, and then dropped games to Beulah, 82-39, and Heart River, 72-41.
“In the last two games we went up against some tough defensive teams that didn’t allow anything easy,” stated Randy Cranston, Wolves’ head coach. “We struggled to get in any rhythm and continue to go through some growing pains against tough teams outside of our region.”
This week, the Wolves will be at home as they host Dickinson Trinity on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Parshall on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

Dickinson High 102, Watford City 59
Watford City was no match for Class A Dickinson High last Monday as the Wolves fell to the Midgets, 102-59.
The Wolves found themselves trailing the Midgets, 60-39, at halftime before being outscored, 42-23, in the second half.
Cole McGorman paced the Wolves in scoring with 14 points, while Jarek Hogue and Jaydn Ewing joined him in double figures scoring 12 points each in the loss.
Also scoring for Watford City was Seth Indergard with eight points,  Korbin Knutson with five points,  Logan Mehlhoff with four points,  Kason Hartel with three points, and Nevada Berquist with one point.
Watford City             39         59
Dickinson High        60        102

Beulah 82, Watford City 39
Beulah’s size and quickness proved to be Watford City’s undoing as the Wolves fell to the Miners, 82-39, on Friday evening.
The Miners led the Wolves, 49-12, at halftime and then coasted to the easy win.
Nine Watford City players made the scoring column in the loss with Seth Indergard leading the Wolves in scoring with nine points, while Jarek Hogue netted six points.
Also scoring for the Wolves was Jessen Homiston with five points, Korbin Knutson, Nevada Berquist and Hunter Neether with four points, Kason Hartel with three points, while Riley Headings and Cole McGorman ended the game with two points each.
Watford City         12        39
Beulah                   49        82

Heart River 72, Watford City 41
Watford City stayed close to Heart River for the first quarter of play, by the Cougars’ athleticism and size proved to be too much for the Wolves.
With Heart River controlling the boards getting multiple shots on each possession, the Cougars would extend their lead to 36-19 at halftime.
Watford City’s offensive woes continued in the second half as Heart River extended its lead to 24 points, 55-31, after three quarters of action.
Cole McGorman led the Wolves in scoring with 13 points. Also scoring for Watford City was Seth Indergard and Jarek Hogue with six points each, Jessen Homiston and Kason Hartel with five points each, Korbin Knutson with four points and Brock Haugeberg with two points.
Watford City     13    19    31    41
Heart River       15    36    55    72