Bowman County cruises past Beulah

The lady Bulldogs picked up their second victory in as many attempts Tuesday evening as Bowman County beat Beulah 41-24 in Killdeer.

By Chris Slone

Ellie Stafford led the Bulldogs with 13 points.

“Ellie played well for us again on Tuesday night vs Beulah,” Bulldogs head coach Jaden Schoch said. “She ran the floor very hard and looked for post-up opportunities. She got into some foul trouble and did not play a typical number of minutes that she normally would play, but she got through it and had a good game.”

Abigail Batholomay scored eight points in Bowman County’s (2-0) victory, including two makes from beyond the arc.

“Abigail is knocking down shots for us from the outside, which is allowing the offense to open up,” Schoch said. “She is a great shooter when she is squared to the basket and when we work the ball inside-out. We will continue to look for defenses to lose her where she can get enough time to get quality shots up for us from the 3-point line.”

Schoch admitted his offense is still a work in progress, which will take more game action before all the kinks are worked out.

“This team is very capable of putting up points, but right now we are very calculated and robotic at times,” Schoch said. “We want to focus on the little details of setting up great shots, but we also want the girls to attack weaknesses of other teams and look for their opportunities to score … “

Defensively, Schoch said his squad is right where it needs to be early in the season. Beulah only mustered 24 points, 22 of which came from Erin Walcher.

“(Mary Burke) has been fantastic on defense. She causes a lot of chaos for the other team and allows other players to jump into passing lanes and create steals,” Schoch said. “She does not allow the other team to get into their offense, which sometimes creates bad shots which are going to lead to transition points for us in the future. She has taken on a leadership role for our team, and we continue to look for her to do great things for us on both ends of the court.”

Box Score

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bowman Co. 10 9 7 15 41
Beulah 5 7 4 8 24

Individual Statistics

Bowman Co. — Stafford 5-3-13, Bartholomay 3-0-8, Burke 3-0-6, Smyle 2-2-6, Dix 1-1-3, Miller 1-1-3, Jeffers 1-0-2.

Beulah — Walcher 6-6-22, Schnabel 1-0-2.

3-point field goals — Bowman Co. 2 (Bartholomay 2); Beulah 2 (Walcher 2).

Records — Bowman Co. (2-0); Beulah N/A.