The lady Bulldogs picked up a pair of victory in the span of a week to improve their record to 3-0 on the young season.
By Chris Slone
Bowman County beat Beulah 41-24 in Killdeer Tuesday, Dec. 4., for its first victory of the week.
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 (3-0) 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.”
The second victory in as many attempts came Thursday, Dec. 6.m, when Bowman County breezed past Stanley 43-17 in Killdeer.
Stafford outscored Stanley herself, recording 18 points in the contest.
“Ellie played a very strong game for us,” Schoch said. “She was faced with a tough task of going up against a 6-foot, 3-inch player from Stanley, and she was up to the task. Ellie has opened up her game by adding some tools to her offensive arsenal, so we feel she is a tough player to guard for our opponents. She one again crashed the boards extremely hard for us and ran the floor with a purpose. She played an extremely great, well-rounded game.”
Jill Svihovec was the second leading scorer, notching eight points in the contest including two shots from beyond the arc.
“Jillian Svihovec came off the bench for us and broke out in the scoring column, relieving a little weight off her shoulders,” Schoch said. “She has been hard on herself over the first two games for not scoring like she is capable, but she broke out and connected on two three-pointers and finished with eight points. We knew it was only a matter of time before she started hitting, and we think she will only go up from here.”
Defensively, the most points Bowman County surrendered in a quarter was five points.
“Defensively, we are seeing a great effort from each player that steps on the court,” Schoch said. “They are really playing together, taking proper angles, jumping with the basketball, and communicating. The girls are creating plenty of turnovers and are doing a fantastic job of taking teams out of their normal offensive routine and rhythm. We feel that our defense will allow us to compete with many teams and allow us to have patience on offense to find the best shots for our team.”