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Bulldog boys, girls thump Thursday opponents

Jan. 12—SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA — With a pair of wins on Thursday, Jan. 11, the Bowman County Bulldogs' boys and girls basketball teams improved to a combined 17-1 on the 2023-24 season and moved the girls to a 6-0 record in Division B/Region 3-District 5.

The first half of the girls contest in Mott was a much-closer affair than past games for Bowman County, with the visitors posting a mere, 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and the home-team keeping pace with an equal 12-point outing in the second to send the teams into the half at 28-24, Bulldogs.

Grant County/Mott-Regent benefited from 3-pointers from sophomore forward Summer Meyer and junior forward Samantha Gref to keep the score close, while Bowman County's junior guard Sophia Headley brought the heat with 8 first-half points and 9 more were scored by senior guard Jaci Fischer. Meanwhile, the third member of Bowman's "big-three," Raegen Honeyman, converted 5-of-5 from the free-throw line and scored 9 of her own on the way to a game-high 28.

After the teams emerged from the locker rooms at the break, Fischer dropped in a pair of tres the rest of the way towards 16 on the night and Headley scored another 3 for a double-digit total of 11 to help pace the Bulldogs. But Honeyman was an absolute terror on the floor for GC/M-R, scoring 12 points in the third quarter — which included a pair of shots from behind the arc — and 7 more in the fourth quarter to help keep BCHS clear of the competition.

Bowman County opened up some distance in the third quarter with a 20-11 advantage that proved to be the difference, while the Bulldogs held the home-team to single digits with 8 points in the final period while posting 14 down the stretch.

Grant County/Mott-Regent (10-4, 4-1) didn't give up in the second half — by-any-means — as Meyer sunk another tre on her way to double-figures at 10, and Gref joined her in double-digits with 8 of her team-high 15. Senior guard Jazlyn Ottmar was the other GC/M-R athlete in double-digits with 10.

Next-up for the BCHS girls will be on Saturday during the Titan Shootout versus Division B/Region 3-District 6 Central McLean, which stands at a perfect 11-0 on the season and 2-0 in their district thus far. Meanwhile, GC/M-R will host South Heart on Jan. 18.

The boys team wasted no time on Thursday asserting their dominance, racing to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and 38-8 at the midway point of the game. Senior guard Bohden Duffield jumped out to 10 points in the first half, while his twin brother, Bishop, poured in 10 points of his own. The defensive performance was overwhelming from BCHS, as the Wolves were held to a grand-total of 3 field goals in the opening 16 minutes of play.

The second half saw more of the same from the Bulldogs on their home court, with 10 athletes ending up on the scoresheet once the substitutes came on, as Bishop Duffield ended up with a team-high 16 and Bohden was a point-behind at 15 on the night. Senior guard Nate Dix scored 9 in the game — which included a 3-pointer — and the Bulldogs converted 6-of-11 shots from the free-throw line throughout the game.

Next-up for the boys also will be at the Titan Shootout in the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, with another tough matchup to test the Bulldogs in Division A/Region 3 Stanley, who are currently 7-1 overall and 2-0 in their region.

For more information about prep basketball in North Dakota, please keep reading your Dickinson Press and/or visit the websites at

https://ndhsaanow.com/teams/basketball-boys

and

https://ndhsaanow.com/teams/basketball-girls

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