Watford girls post wins over Stanley, Killdeer
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City varsity girls pulled off a come-from-behind win to defeat Stanley, 56-55, on Friday evening, and then rolled over Killdeer, 59-27, to cap off a winning weekend.
This week the Wolves, who are 12-2 for the season, will be on the road as they travel to South Heart on Friday and then travel to Hazen on Tuesday.
Watford City 56, Stanley 55
Watford City ensured themselves the No. 1 seed in the District 15 Tournament, which is coming up the end of February, as the Wolves defeated the Stanley Blue Jays, 56-55, in a District 15 thriller last Friday.
The Wolves were behind with about one minute left in the game when Brianna Allex hit a three-pointer to put Watford City up by one point. The Blue Jays would retake the lead, and then with nine seconds left in the game, McKayla Haugeberg took the ball the length of the court to score a layup to give the Wolves the much- needed win.
“We got out-rebounded by a big Stanley team, but we made big plays when we needed them,” stated Berton Bates, Wolves’ head coach. “It was a big district win that locks up the No. 1 seed in the District Tournament for us.”
In a contest that was not decided until the last seconds, Stanley led the Wolves, 18-11, at the end of the first quarter and by three points, 29-26, at halftime. The Blue Jays led Watford City, 44-39, going into the final eight minutes of play.
Haugeberg paced the Wolves with 19 points, including one three-pointer, while coming up with six steals and dishing off four assists. Marti Quale also netted 10 points, including two three-pointers in the win.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Dani Bates with nine points, Jayme Johnson with eight points, Brianna Allex with eight points, including two three-pointers, and Sadie Kieson with two points.
Bates led the Wolves with 10 rebounds while Brianna Allex had six steals.
For the game, the Wolves connected on 17 of 43 two-pointers, five of 14 behind the arc and shot seven of 12 at the free-throw line.
Watford City 11 26 39 56
Stanley 18 29 44 55
Watford City 59, Killdeer 27
Watford City’s stingy defense held Killdeer to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of play as the Wolves rolled over the Cowboys, 59-27, on Saturday evening.
Alexis Sanford had the hot hand for the Wolves as she scored a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, in the win.
“Alexis got us off to a hot start with 13 points in the first quarter,” stated Berton Bates, Wolves’ head coach, on the win. “After that, we just rolled as we played excellent defense and played hard after a tough win over Stanley.”
Watford City got off to a 15-9 first- quarter lead and then outscored the Cowboys, 11-2 and 22-3, in the next two quarters of play.
Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves was Marti Quale with nine points, including one three-pointer, and McKayla Haugeberg with seven points, including one three-pointer. Sadie Kieson ended the game with six points, while Jayme Johnson and Dani Bates netted four points each and Brianna Allex and Charlie Hystad scored three points each.
Bates led the Wolves with eight rebounds while picking up five steals, and Haugeberg had six assists and five steals.
For the game, Watford City hit on 12 of 34 attempts from the field and was good on seven of 13 from three-point land. At the free-throw line, Watford City hit on 13 of 24 attempts.
Watford City 15 26 48 59
Killdeer 9 11 14 27