Wolves repeat as champs at Roughrider Tourney
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity girls basketball team set the tone for what could be a great basketball season as the Wolves easily defeated Richardton/Taylor, Bowman County and New England to win the Roughrider Tournament for the second year in a row.
The Wolves, who were ranked No. 5 in the first Class B Girls Basketball Poll of the season, will be traveling to Dickinson on Friday, Dec. 18, before hosting Minot Bishop Ryan on Monday, Dec. 21.
Watford City 85, Richardton/Taylor 15
The Watford City girls basketball team opened its 2015-2016 girls basketball season on a very convincing note on Tuesday, Dec. 8, as the Wolves completely dominated the Richardton/Taylor Raiders, 85-15, in first round action of Killdeer’s Roughrider Tournament.
Behind a pressing defense and run-and-gun offense, the Wolves held the Raiders to single-digit scoring in all four quarters en route to the easy win. Watford City led the Richardton/Taylor Raiders, 29-3, at the end of the first quarter and by 36 points, 45-9, at halftime.
Watford City ‘s offense continued to control the tempo of the game in the second half as the Wolves outscored the Raiders, 21-3 and 20-3, in the final two quarters of play.
Four Watford City players scored in double figures in the contest with ReiAnn Lindley pacing the Wolves with 18 points, including two three-pointers, while Ricki Lindley, Katie Mogen and Mackenzie Sparby followed with 17, 16, and 13 points, respectively.
Defensively, the Wolves came up with 27 steals from the Raiders with Katie Mogen and Ricki Lindley leading Watford City with nine and eight steals, respectively.
Also scoring for Watford City was Alli Mogen with seven points, followed by Kaytlyn Grimes with six points, Lindsey Peterson with four points and Avery Sundeen and Krystal Wold with two points each.
For the game, the Wolves hit on 34 of 59 attempts from the field for 56 percent and were good on five of 15 at the charity stripe.
Watford City 29 44 65 85
Richardton 3 9 12 15
Watford City 50, Bowman 38
After the first quarter of action, it looked like Watford City would have another runaway in the semifinals of the Roughrider Tournament as the Wolves jumped out to an early, 19-3, first quarter lead.
But cold shooting, 23 turnovers and 16 fouls by Watford City gave Bowman the opening that they needed to make the game interesting.
Bowman County would rally in the second quarter as the Bulldogs outscored Watford City, 19-13, to draw to within a 10-point deficit, 32-22, at halftime.
After both teams managed to net only six points each in the third quarter, it looked like it could be anyone’s game heading into the final eight minutes of play. But Watford City managed to hold on to take the win, 50-38, as the Wolves outscored the Bulldogs, 12-10, in the fourth quarter.
Katie Mogen connected on six of eight attempts from the field and was good on four of five shots at the free-throw line to pace Watford City in scoring with 16 points, while Ricki Lindley netted 15 points, including hitting three, three-pointers. Also scoring in double figures for the Wolves was Mackenzie Sparby with 10 points.
Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves was Krystal Wold with five points, while ReiAnn Lindley and Kaytlyn Grimes ended the game with two points each.
For the game, Watford City shot a very cold 25 percent from the field, hitting on 14 of 56 attempts, and was good on 13 of 20 attempts at the charity stripe.
Watford City 19 32 38 50
Bowman 3 22 28 38
Watford City 76, New England 41
The Tigers of New England were no match for Watford City’s pressure defense and fast-paced offense in the title game of the Roughrider Tournament on Saturday evening.
Watford City exploded to a 22-9 first quarter lead and were never challenged as the Wolves outscored the Tigers in all four quarters of play.
Watford City held a commanding 53-27 halftime lead, and then coasted to the easy win.
Katie Mogen and Mackenzie Sparby paced the Wolves in scoring as they netted 23 and 18 points, respectively to lead all players in scoring.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Lea Arndt with seven points, Kaytlyn Grimes with six points, Avery Sundeen with five points, Lindsey Peterson and Alli Mogen with four points each, while ReiAnn Lindley and Krystal Wold netted two points each.
For the game, Watford City shot 49 percent from the field, hitting on 28 of 57 attempts, while making just four of 14 three-point attempts. From the free-throw line, the Wolves made eight of 21 attempts.
Watford City 22 53 64 76
New England 9 27 33 41