Watford girls drop a pair of games
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity girls basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week falling to Stanley 61-49 and Hazen 68-42 as the Wolves’ season record fell to 3-11.
This week, the Wolves will be closing out their regular season action as they travel to Beulah on Thursday and to Dickinson Trinity on Saturday.
Stanley 61, Watford City 49
In a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate, Watford City gave the Stanley Blue Jays a run for their money in a Region 8 matchup last Tuesday.
The Wolves got off to a very good start outscoring the Jays 13-10 in the first quarter and then kept the game close until the very end.
Stanley would pull ahead of Watford City 27-20 at halftime and by nine points, 41-32, at the end of three quarters of play. But the Wolves battled back in the fourth quarter trailing the Jays by just five points with under four minutes in the game. But Stanley would hold off Watford City in the final minutes to take the win.
McKayla Haugeberg and Dani Bates paced the Wolves in scoring with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Stephanie Deutsch with eight points, Alexis Sanford with six points, Olivia Sundeen with four points, Shakira McLaughlin with three points and Jayme Johnson with two points.
For the game, the Wolves shot 19 of 52 from the field for 37 percent and were good on six of 16 at the charity stripe.
Watford City 13 20 32 49
Stanley 10 27 41 61
Hazen 68, Watford City 42
Watford City knew that they were in for a challenge when No. 3 ranked Hazen came to town last Friday evening, but in spite of being outsized and outgunned, the Wolves showed a lot of competitive spirit in the 68-42 loss.
Hazen jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter lead and then coasted to the win outscoring the Wolves in the next three quarters of play.
“We need to continue to play hard and get some wins going into the District play,” stated Berton Bates, Wolves’ head coach.
Dani Bates led Watford City in scoring with 11 points while Sadie Kieson came off the bench to net eight points.
Also scoring for Watford City was Shakira McLaughlin and Jayme Johnson with four points each, McKayla Haugeberg and Alexis Sanford with three points each, while Marti Quale, Olivia Sundeen, Stephanie Deutsch and Ashli Foli netted two points each and Charlie Hystad one point.
For the game, the Wolves shot 15 of 48 from the field for 31 percent and were good on 11 of 22 at the charity stripe.
Watford City 10 22 31 42
Hazen 19 43 60 68