Posted 3/08/16 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
For the first time in recent memory, the Watford City varsity boys basketball team won’t be making a trip to the Region 8 Tournament. The Wolves’ playoff season came to an end on Monday, Feb. 29, as Watford City fell to the North Shore-Plaza Wildcats, 61-57, in loser-out action of the District 15 Tournament.
All season long, Watford City has had trouble maintaining its offensive rhythm for four quarters of play. And that was the story, once again, in the Wolves’ loss.
Watford City and North Shore-Plaza played to a 13-13 tie at the end of the first quarter with the Wolves holding a slim, 26-25 halftime lead.
Things started to took like the game would go Watford City’s way in the third quarter as the Wolves built a nine-point lead midway through the quarter. But the Wildcats would cut Watford City’s lead to four points, 42-38, going into the final eight minutes of play.
After both teams traded baskets to open the final eight minutes of play, the scoring tide began to shift the Wildcats’ way as North Shore-Plaza took the lead, 47-46, with just under six minutes left in the game,
And while the Wolves would have their chances to win the game in the final minutes, the Wildcats would never relinquish their lead.
Seth Indergard, who was named to both the All-District 15 and the District 15 Tournament teams, led Watford City in scoring with 21 points, while Jarek Hogue ended the game with 19 points.
Rounding out the Wolves scoring was Kason Hartel with five points, Jaydn Ewing with four points, while Korbin Knutson, Hunter Neether, Jessen Homiston and Cole McGorman netted two points each.
Watford City 13 26 42 57
NSP 13 25 38 61