The Bulldogs enter 2020 with a winning record after being very uncharitable to visitors from New England on Dollars for Scholars night in Bowman.
It was also a case of deja vu with Bounty County going 2-0 for the season against a regional rival.
At the December 20th game the Bulldogs had an early lead over visiting New England, the Lady Bulldogs were able to cruise to a 55-44 win in the Dollars for Scholars game in the Bowman County gym.
Thanks to freshman Ellie Powell (12 points) along with teammates Bailey Peterson (11 points) and Jill Svihovec (10 points), the Bulldogs had three players in double figure scoring - and one (Abby Smyle) finishing one point shy of double digits. The quartet combined for 42 of the team's points.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 13-5 lead over the visiting Tigers with six players leading the scoring attack in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Powell hit three baskets while Alexius Miller and Avrie Nohava each added three-pointers to power the hosts to a 27-11 lead by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Tigers rallied, outscoring their hosts by a 16-11 margin to close the Bulldog lead to 38-27 going into the final quarter.
Both teams scored 17 points in the final quarter to give the Bulldogs their victory.
Svihovec got six of her 10 points in the final eight minutes to help hold of the Tigers, while Smyle had five of her nine.
Miller finished with seven points, while Nohava had three – all in the second quarter in a single shot from outside the arc. Andrea Rodakowski had two points and Amy Jeffers finished with one.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Shelley Kathrein, who got eight of her final 13 points in the final eight minutes when the visitors matched the Bulldogs point for point.
Hadley Binstock and Molly Rayhorn each scored 10 points to close out the Tigers' double digit scoring.
The Tigers also got three points from Lindsay Koch, Grace Dinius, and Ellie Rettinger, while Hannah Frank added two points.
The Bulldogs, now 3-2 for the season, will be on the road Jan. 9 when they visit Richardton-Taylor for a 7 p.m. game, but they will return home for a battle with Beach in a 4 p.m. contest.
The Tigers fell to 1-5 with the loss in Bowman. New England's only win was over the Richardton-Taylor Raiders by a lopsided 58-32 margin.
After opening the season with a 64-58 loss to Grant County to open the season, the Tigers lost to Bowman County by a 55-46 margin in the first round of the Killdeer Roughrider tournament. The Tigers beat the Raiders in the second tournament game before losing to Beulah by a 54-36 margin.
The Tigers dropped a 51-44 decision Dec. 17 before coming down to Bowman for the Dollars for Scholars contest.
In the current standings going into the 2020 part of the season, it is Beach leading the regional standings with a 3-0 regional record (6-1 overall), followed by both Bowman County and Heart River at 1-0 regionally. Dickinson Trinity is fourth with a 1-1 regional record, while three teams have yet to play a regional contest. At the bottom of the standings with 0-1 records are Glen Ullin/Hebron, Beulah, Richardton-Taylor, Killdeer and New England.