Watford rolls past Raiders
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City boys basketball team split in varsity action this past week as the Wolves defeated the Richardton-Taylor Raiders, 59-37, and the Bowman Bulldogs, 68-52, before falling to the Beulah Miners, 71-59.
“We continue to improve our defense and rebounding and we are taking better care of the basketball,” states Randy Cranston, Wolves’ head coach. “We are seeing success in doing the little things better and practices have been more competitive. Hopefully, we continue to improve as the regular season is already coming to an end.”
The Wolves will be at home this week as they host New Town on Thursday and Parshall next Tuesday.
Watford City 59, Richardton-Taylor 37
David Kline poured in a game high 23 points as the Wolves knocked off the Richardton-Taylor Raiders, 59-37.
The Wolves, who were never challenged in the game, led Richardton-Taylor, 11-7, at the end of the first quarter of play and by 15 points, 34-19, at halftime. Watford City continued to dominate the action in the second half as the Wolves outscored the Raiders, 20-13, and 16-11, in the final two stanzas.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Bo Cook and Seth Indergard with nine points each, Mitchell Liebel with five points, Cole McGorman with four points, Logan Fettig with three points, while Dustin Kleppen, Charlie Villanueva and Joe Meuchel ended the game with two points each.
Watford City 11 23 43 59
Richardton 7 12 26 37
Watford City 68, Bowman County 52
Watford City used a strong second half to pick up a decisive, 68-52, win over Bowman County last week as the Wolves improved their record to 7-5.
The Wolves held a slim two-point, 18-16, lead at the end of the first quarter of play, and then slowly started to open up their lead.
Bo Cook, David Kline and Mitchell Liebel provided Watford City’s punch with Cook netting 18 points, while Kline and Liebel netted 13 points each.
Watford City led the Bulldogs by nine points, 31-22, at halftime and by 13 points, 54-41, at the end of three quarters of play.
Also scoring for the Wolves was Dustin Kleppen with nine points, Logan Fettig with eight points, and Charles Villanueva with seven points.
Watford City 18 31 54 68
Bowman County 16 22 41 52
Beulah 71, Watford City 59
A bad first quarter put the Watford City Wolves in a hole from which they couldn’t dig out, as the Wolves fell to the Beulah Miners, 71-59, last Saturday.
“We had a tough first quarter in which Beulah shot the ball very well and we didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the basketball,” stated Cranston. “We played pretty well for about three or four minutes in the first quarter. However, that ended up being a big deciding factor in this game.”
The Wolves trailed the Miners by 12 points, 25-13, at the end of the first quarter. And Watford City was never able to cut into that lead for the balance of the game.
Mitchell Liebel and Logan Fettig led the Wolves in scoring with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Also scoring for Watford City was Bo Cook with nine points, David Kline with eight points, Dustin Kleppen with seven points, Seth Indergard with six points, while Andrew Sampsel ended the game with two points.
Watford City 13 31 46 59
Beulah 25 44 62 71