Bulldogs plunder 67-37 win from Raiders

Feb. 7—SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA — Bowman County gnawed their way through the final game of the of their 2023-24 regular season with a big home-win over Division B/Region 3-District 5 rivals Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The victory takes the Bulldogs into the postseason with an unblemished 10-0 record in the district and an impressive 17-2 record, overall. Meanwhile, New England came in with a 54-43 victory of their own over South Heart to end their regular season at 8-11, 3-5.

As has been the case for much of the season, BCHS jumped out to a quick 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and added another 15 points to bring the score to 36-17 at the half. Junior forward Sophia Headley nailed down a 3-pointer on her way to 8 first-half points and senior guard Jaci Fischer added 6 more. Junior forward Raegen Honeyman continued her sweet run of solid games with a pair of 3s, pacing the hosts with 13 points in the first 16 minutes.

RTHS's junior guard AshLynn Christensen also has been turning in some excellent efforts lately, and she helped keep the Raiders (8-11, 3-6) close with 10 points in the first two quarters, while junior forward Jenna Schutt dropped in a trey to score 5 of her double-digit 12 in the first half.

From there, the 'Dawgs created more distance with a 20-point third quarter — while holding the visitors to only 8 — and then closed out the contest with 11 in the final frame.

The 3-pointers were flying all over the place for Bowman County in the second half, as Adyson Gerbig, Fischer and Honeyman all connected from downtown — Fischer and Honeyman with two each — and the team, overall, shot a remarkable 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Honeyman ended up with a game-high 25 points, while Fischer poured in 12 and Headley ended up as the other athlete in double-figures with 10.

Christensen scored 7 more points in the second half for a team-high 17, but no other Raider player came close to double-digits in the contest.

New England closed out their 2023-24 schedule with a home-win over South Heart, 54-43, that saw the hosts jump out to a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and drop in a massive number of shots from the charity-stripe to post a 28-19 advantage at the half. The Tigers converted 14-of-23 from the line in the first half and held the Eagles to 9 points in the second quarter to help extend their lead.

Sophomore guard Carly Wolf dropped in a 3-pointer and sank 5-of-8 from the stripe for 8 first-half points and classmate Emma Olsonawski connected from behind the arc on her way to 10 of her own, while Eagles' senior Sage Lecoe scored 8 of her team-high 11 in the first two quarters.

New England pounded out another 12 points after the teams came out of the locker rooms and added 14 in the fourth frame, with Wolf clawing out another 8 points to add to her game-high 16. Wolf shot 6-of-9 from the line, and senior forward Hayley Bollinger scored 6 of her 8 points in the second half to keep South Heart on their heels.

Overall, the Tigers shot 22-of-39 from the free-throw line during the game.

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