January 26, 2011

Watford downs Mandaree, falls to Divide County

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

The Watford City varsity girls split in basketball action this past week, defeating the Mandaree Warriors, 64-38, in district action before falling to the Divide County Maroons, 51-50, in a Region 8 matchup.
The Wolves, who are now 10-2 for the season, will travel to Stanley on Friday.

Watford City 64, Mandaree 38

In a District 15 matchup, Watford City rolled over the Mandaree Warriors, 64-38, last Tuesday evening.
Nine Watford City players got into the scoring book with McKayla Haugeberg and Alexis Sanford scoring in double figures in the win.
Haugeberg paced the Wolves with 21 points, including two three-pointers, while coming up with six steals, and Sanford netted 13 points, including three three-pointers.
“We started off a little slow coming off our first loss of the season,” stated Berton Bates, Wolves’ head coach. “But we got it going in the third quarter as we forced a lot of turnovers. Overall, we rebounded well and shot well at the free-throw line.”
The Wolves held Mandaree to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of play as Watford City led the Warriors, 14-9, at the end of the first quarter, and by margins of 29-15 and 50-21 at the end of the next two quarters of play.
Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves was Jayme Johnson with nine points, Sadie Kieson with six points, Dani Bates with five points, Ashli Foli with four points, while Brianna Allex, Shanyce Fredericks and Charlie Hystad ended the game with two points each.
Johnson led the Wolves with eight rebounds, while Marie Quale had six assists.
For the game, the Wolves connected on 20 of 49 from the field, were good on five of 13 three-pointers and shot nine of 12 at the charity stripe.
Watford City    14    29    50    64
Mandaree           9    15    21    38

Divide County 51, Watford City 50

Divide County caught the Wolves on a night when nothing was going right for the Wolves as the Maroons edged Watford City, 51-50, last Thursday evening.
“We missed our layups, put-backs and our three-point attempts,” stated Berton Bates, on Watford City’s second loss of the season. “Nothing was falling for us as we shot just 30 percent from the field, and were good on only six of 16 at the free-throw line. And we were out-rebounded badly by a tall Divide County team. But we still only lost by one point on the road in a tough gym to win in.”
The Wolves found themselves trailing the Maroons, 17-14, at the end of the first quarter, and then battled back to take a 24-19 halftime lead. Watford City would lead Divide County by four points, 41-37, going into the final eight minutes of play, but the Wolves weren’t able to hold onto the lead.
Dani Bates had a double-double for the Wolves with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Jayme Johnson netted 13 points in the losing effort.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was McKayla Haugeberg with nine points, Brianna Allex with eight points, Alexis Sanford with three points, Marti Quale with two points and Sadie Kieson with one point.
Quale led the Wolves with four assists while Haugeberg and Bates had six and five steals, respectively.
Divide County    17    19    37    51
Watford City       14    24    41    50