Cowboys close out Panthers

Late run by Killdeer sinks Rugby

Photos courtesy of Al Christianson/Special to the MDN Killdeer's Trae Murray (4) puts up a shot during the Class B girls basketball state tournament Thursday at the MSU Dome.

There wasn’t much that the Killdeer girls basketball team couldn’t execute down the stretch in Thursday’s Class B state tournament quarterfinal matchup.

A 13-0 fourth quarter run lifted the Cowboys past No. 3 Rugby 51-45 at the MSU Dome.

Killdeer advances to play Thompson at 6:30 p.m. today in a semifinal matchup at the MSU Dome, while Rugby faces Langdon Area-Edmore/Munich at 1 p.m. today in the consolation bracket.

“You could really see the fire in our girls’ eyes in the fourth quarter,” Killdeer coach Ashlee Viveros said. “They were ready to get it done. We’re proud of them.”

Heading into halftime, Killdeer held a 27-19 advantage.

The Panthers trailed by as many as 12 in the second half, but after compiling a 12-0 run, the Panthers led Killdeer 33-32 with 3:30 to go in the third quarter. Two 3-pointers from junior guard Karsyn Hager and two layups from senior forward Madison Uhlenkamp sparked the run.

“We’ve watched enough of Killdeer that we know what they’re capable of,” Rugby coach Jen Brossart said. “I think our girls did a heck of a job coming back down 12 and getting up by four. But Killdeer capitalized on a couple of our turnovers and I think our girls let up in the fourth quarter. They really seemed to get deflated, and I’m not sure why. We haven’t played like that all year. We just didn’t play our best basketball.”

Junior Killdeer guard Shawnee Hansen scored six points in the Cowboys’ 13-0 run, a stretch that kept Rugby scoreless for nearly four and a half minutes in the fourth quarter.

“That run says they trust our coaching staff and it showed their character through adversity,” Viveros said. “This is a very special group. They’re passionate about the game and they love each other.”

Sydney Anderson and Trae Murray each scored 15 points for Killdeer, while Hansen chipped in 12. Anderson also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. The Cowboys shot 40 percent from the floor, 3-of-11 from 3-point range and outrebounded Rugby 34-30. Killdeer also scored 18 points off 14 Rugby turnovers.

Uhlenkamp paced Rugby with 17 points and four rebounds, while Anni Stier scored 10 points. The Panthers shot 40 percent from the floor, 3-of-15 from the 3-point line and were 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge