Bowman County cloaks Nighthawks, 76-42

Jan. 10—SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA — Now that the Division B/Region 3-District 5 schedule is fully underway, the heat is officially on and the Bowman County Bulldogs bounced Hettinger-Scranton for their fifth win in the district to move to 8-1 overall on the 2023-24 season. Meanwhile, Richardton-Taylor is showing signs of significant improvement and the Raiders almost doubled-up the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats, 62-32, to improve to 6-5 with a mid-table 2-2 record in DB/R3-D5.

In what was a dominating performance for the home-standing Bowman County team, the 'Dawgs chomped down on Hettinger-Scranton (4-5 overall, 0-2 district) and held the Nighthawks to a single-digit 7-point second quarter en route to a 33-21 halftime lead, while junior forward Raegen Honeyman raced to 11 of her team-high 18 points in the first half to pace BCHS.

Hettinger-Scranton put up a decent first-half fight as junior guard Monica Morris drained a pair of 3-pointers — on her way to a double-digit total of 14 — and classmate Laela Jensen poured in 6 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. Jensen was all over the place in the second half as well, dropping in four tres in the third and fourth quarters, but the Nighthawk offense was limited to 10 points in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth, regardless.

Bowman County, meanwhile, was as steady as a metronome, with junior forward Sophia Headley coming to life for 14 of her double-digit 16 in the second half and senior guard Jaci Fischer hitting big from behind the arc for four 3-pointers in the game, two of which came in the fourth quarter on her way to 14 points.

Six other Bulldogs got onto the scoresheet in the game, with Julie Sarsland and Landyn Gerbig scoring 7 apiece.

Next-up for BCHS will be a Jan. 11 road-trip to face DB/R3-D5 rivals Grant Co./Mott-Regent (10-3 overall, 4-0 district), while the Nighthawks will host Flasher (8-5, 4-1) on Thursday, Jan. 11.

While neither team lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter, deadlocking at 9-9, the Richardton-Taylor Raiders went off for 17 points in the second and declawed the Bearcats (2-7 overall, 1-2 district) to the tune of a single-digit 6 to head into the locker rooms with a 26-15 halftime advantage.

Junior forward Jenna Schutt and sophomore guard Chesney Gjermundson both dropped in 3-pointers in the first quarter and Mariska Krank scored 6 of her double-digit 15 in the second quarter to pace RTHS through the first half, while Cassie Christensen drained a tre and ended up with 4 points in the first half for the Bearcats.

The Raiders plundered the scoreboard for a combined 36 points in the second half, with Krank drilling a pair from behind the arc and RTHS's AshLynn Christensen continuing her recent court-dominance with 11 points in the final frame — including a 3-pointer — on her way to a game-high 20 points.

Cassie Christensen was the leading scorer for Glen Ullin-Hebron with 17, but no other Bearcat came close to double-figures.

Next-up for Richardton-Taylor will be a road-date with Solen (0-7) on Jan. 11, while the Bearcats will square off with Belfield (7-3, 4-1) at home the same day.

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