Posted 1/19/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Divide County girls’ basketball team had the chance for its first win over an opponent with a winning record this season, but the victory slipped out of reach with MonDak outscoring DC 27-16 in the second and third quarters as the Maroons dropped a 40-33 decision to the Thunder in Ray on Saturday evening.
The Maroons (5-8) struggled to generate buckets in the fourth quarter, missing four of their final five field goal attempts. MonDak only led by six with 56 seconds left in the game, but DC spent much of the final minute fouling to force the Thunder into the bonus.
“Very good team, and we’re in the game, so we have to be happy with that part of it,” DC head coach Kent Harding said. “The little parts of the game are slipping away from us, and we need to try to change that.”
Sophomore Alli McCoy recorded a team-leading 18 points; she has led the Maroons in scoring in every game this season. McCoy was 8 of 16 from the field and 2 of 3 from the charity stripe. Lauryn Heide chipped in eight points and McKenzie Hallgren and Victoria Erickson respectively added five and two for the Maroons. DC shot 30 percent (15 of 50) from the field.
MonDak improved to 7-2 overall. Bailey Peterson and Farrah Garman led the Thunder with 11 points each.
The Maroons got a 12-9 advantage with the first bucket of the second quarter, but the Thunder countered with a 10-0 run to give MonDak the 19-12 advantage.
The Thunder pushed their lead to 10, at 36-26, at the end of the third quarter, and held DC to just seven points in the fourth quarter for the win.
64-33 win over Burke County
Divide County earned its first district win of the season with a 64-33 wire-to-wire rout of Burke County on Thursday night at Haggin Court.
McCoy led all scorers with 30 points in 23 minutes of action. Hallgren and Heide respectively finished the game with 16 and 13 points.
“It’s nice to see us shoot without hesitating again, have some fun playing and knock down shots from the floor,” Harding said. “We’re still getting wide-open looks in those other games and not knocking the shots down. It’s a little different intensity of the game; we’ve just got to get them a little faster.”
Kayleen Kihle led Burke County, tallying seven points off the bench.
Divide County scored 12 unanswered points in the first quarter to take a 12-2 advantage propelled by eight points by McCoy, and during which time the Titans called two timeouts.
The Maroons held on to the double-digit advantage, extended it to as many as 22 points and headed into halftime with a 33-14 lead.
A 22-4 run helped extend the lead to a game-high 37 points in the third minute of the fourthquarter. Burke County chipped away at the lead but could not get any closer than 31.
Maroons drop game vs. Stanley
Divide County dropped its first game of the week Jan. 12 to Stanley, 54-35. The loss extended the Maroons’ losing streak to five games.
After DC put itself ahead 15-13 a minute and a half into the second quarter, Stanley went on a 12-0 run to take the lead and held a 10-point lead at the halftime break.
“In the losses that we’ve had here, we’ve made runs in every game,” Harding said, “and when we’re constantly playing from down, we’re expending so much effort to get back that they kind of fade away from us again.”
Following a 12-10 third quarter, Stanley extended its lead to the final margin of 19 in the fourth frame.
McCoy finished with a team-high 14 points. Heide recorded 11 points.
The Maroons resumed District 16 play on Tuesday after press time against Ray and follow with a home game Friday against Tioga at 6 p.m.
MonDak 40, Divide County 33
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
MonDak 9 12 15 4
Divide County 10 6 10 7
MonDak: Farrah Garman 11, Bailey Peterson 11, Salina Carter 6, Fallon Garman 5, Bailey Solberg 4, Sara Melgaard 3.
Divide County: Alli McCoy 18, Lauryn Heide 8, McKenzie Hallgren 5, Victoria Erickson 2.
Divide County 64, Burke County 33
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Burke County 8 6 10 9
Divide County 22 11 22 9
Burke County: Kayleen Kihle 7, Heidi Knutson 6, Mia Blom 6, Haley Beeter 4, Reese Heinrich 4, Kiah Nelson 2, Sara Nelson 2, Disa Koppelsloen 2.
Divide County: Alli McCoy 30, McKenzie Hallgren 16, Lauryn Heide 13, Emilee Johnson 2, Victoria Erickson 2, Ally Grote 1.
JV score: Burke County 36, Divide County 22.
Stanley 54, Divide County 35
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Stanley 11 16 12 15
Divide County 9 8 10 8
Stanley: Abby Iverson 19, Lacey Meiers 11, Caitlyn Enger 8, Maddie Meiers 6, Megan Mills 5, Hannah Sorenson 2, Hayley Schmidt 2, Kelsey Colbenson 1.
Divide County: Alli McCoy 14, Lauryn Heide 11, McKenzie Hallgren 6, Victoria Erickson 2, Ally Grote 2.
JV score: Stanley 38, Divide County 31.
District 16 Standings
W L W L
Stanley 8 0 10 3
Powers Lake 3 0 5 4
Kenmare 1 0 2 7
Ray 3 4 5 5
Divide County 1 4 5 8
Tioga 0 3 3 9
Burke County 0 5 2 9