Posted 2/01/12 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City varsity girls basketball team continued its winning ways this past week as the Wolves rolled over Stanley and Killdeer. With the wins over the Blue Jays and the Cowboys, the Wolves improved their season record to 12-2.
“The girls played real well in both games and were able to come away with comfortable wins,” stated John Zenz, Wolves’ head coach.
And Zenz hopes the Wolves will keep their winning ways going as Watford City heads down the stretch. This week, Watford City will play host to Heart River on Saturday and then host Hazen on Tuesday.
Watford City 76, Stanley 44
Katie Mogen had the game of her life against the Stanley Blue Jays last Thursday as the eighth grader poured in a game high 33 points to lead the Wolves to a 76-44 win.
“Katie shot 15 of 19 from the field and was good on three of five at the free-throw line,” stated Zenz. “She got herself in good position and her teammates got her the ball when she was in position.” Mogen also led the team with seven rebounds and six steals in the game.
In a game that was almost over before it got started, the Wolves jumped out to a 22-3 first-quarter lead and then coasted to the easy win in District 15 action.
“Stanley played a box and one and a triangle and two defense during the night to attempt to take McKayla Haugeberg and Brianna Allex out of the game,” stated Zenz. “But the rest of our team stepped up and had a big game. It shows that we are not a one- or two-dimensional team.”
The Wolves led the Blue Jays 42-13 at halftime and then blew the game wide open in the second half of play.
Joining Katie Mogen in double figure scoring for the Wolves was Brianna Allex and Amanda Mogen with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Sadie Kieson, Madison Brown, Jessica Brown, and Taylor Sparby with four points each, while McKayla Haugeberg, Charlie Hystad, and Tasha Bailey each chipped in two points.
Amanda Mogen led the Wolves with five assists.
Watford City 22 42 62 76
Stanley 3 13 27 44
Watford City 69, Killdeer 44
Watford City turned up its defense a notch or two on Saturday evening and turned steals into easy layups as the Wolves rolled over the Killdeer Cowboys, 69-44.
McKayla Haugeberg and Brianna Allex took turns forcing turnovers from the Cowboys as the pair wreaked havoc on the Killdeer offense. Haugeberg ended the game with 10 steals, while Allex came up with seven steals.
“Thanks to the steals, we were able to transition into some easy buckets,” stated Zenz.
Watford City led the Cowboys by 10 points, 18-8, at the end of the first quarter and by 29 points, 41-12, at halftime.
Four Watford City players ended the game scoring in double figures with Allex pacing the Wolves with 16 points, followed by Haugeberg with 14 points. Also scoring in double digits was Amanda Mogen with 12 points and Katie Mogen with 11 points.
Also scoring for the Wolves was Charlie Hystad with six points, Fallon Fladeland with four points, Jessica Brown with three points, Tasha Bailey with two points and Sadie Kieson with one point.
Allex and Haugeberg also led the Wolves with seven rebounds each.
Watford City 18 41 63 69
Killdeer 8 12 23 44