Bowman County jumped out to a lead and kept it to log an easy 59-42 win over Mott-Regent in the Mott Armory Thursday (Jan. 23).
The victory improved the Lady Bulldogs to 4-1 in regional play and 7-5 overall.
The Wildfire fell to 0-5 in Region 7 and 3-11 for the season.
After hosting Hettinger-Scranton on Jan. 27, the Bulldogs will go on the road Feb. 7 to battle Heart River.
After the Jan. 23 contests, Beach was undefeated in Region 7 play with a 5-0 record (9-2 overall), while Heart River is second in the regional standings at 5-1 (9-4 for the season).
Hettinger-Scranton was a half-game behind Bowman County in the standings with a 3-1 record after Thursday's (Jan. 23) 48-36 win over Hazen at home.
The fast 23-9 start in the first quarter by the Bulldogs was led by Jill Svihovec and Abby Smyle who combined for 12 points when they each hit a pair of three-pointers.
But it was freshman Ellie Powell who controlled the game, getting 10 of her eventual 20 point to lead the visitors to a 37-13 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs outscored the hosts 16-15 in the third quarter as the visitors started to use the bench, keeping a 53-28 lead going into the final quarter. With Smyle, Svihovec and Powell sitting out the final quarter, the Wildfire was able to rally 14-6 to close the scoring gap by the end of the game.
Powell finished with 20 points to lead all scorers, while Svihovec added 11. Andrea Rodakowski eight, while Smyle had a total of six points – all in the first quarter on her two long-range shots. Baily Peterson also finished with six points.
Alexius Miller had five points, while Jenna Bucholz and Amy Jeffers each finished with two points.
Jenessa Zentner led the Wildfire scorers with 10 points, while Madison Rafferty added nine and Hailee Olson finished with eight points. Kiara Koeppelin got three of her five points in the final quarter. MaryJane Mayer and Samantha Greff each added four points. Karagan Friedt scored two on a pair of second quarter free throws.
Bulldogs break losing streak
The Bulldogs broke a two-game losing streak Jan. 21 with a 45-29 road victory over Killdeer.