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Lady Coyotes advance to Eastern C


February 20, 2019

The Dodson Lady Coyotes have punched a ticket to the eight-team Eastern C Divisional this week in Glasgow. They will try to be one of two teams to advance to state.

“Right now we are a little tired,” Dodson Head Coach Deserae Kill Eagle said with a laugh. “But the girls are really excited. It’s good for a team coming together in three months versus these other teams that have been playing together for years. It’s pretty exciting.”

The team won the District 3C Consolation game against the Lustre Christian Lady Lions on Friday, February 15, in Wolf Point, earning the third and final spot in the divisional round. The score was 51-42. Dodson went 3-1 during the event.

Scobey won the District 3C title by defeating the North Country Lady Mavericks 48-30 in the championship game later that night.

On Wednesday, February 20, at 4 p.m. the Lady Coyotes are set to take on the Froid-Lake Redhawks in the second game of the Eastern C Divisional. The Redhawks lost the 2C title to Savage 55-42 on Saturday, February 16.

The Redhawks were led in the championship game by Mackenzie Dethman who had 13 points. Dethman also led her team in their semi-final win over Westby-Grenora, scoring 20 of the team’s 51 points.

Dodson faced Froid-Lake in the first game of the regular season and lost 53-34 on Friday, December 7.

“They have tall guards and that really floored my sister (Assistant Coach Francine Kill Eagle) and they are all pretty tall and we were preparing for shots down low, but they are actually shooting guards that shoot a lot around the perimeter, so adjusting and trying to keep the ball out of their hands was difficult. They were a very fundamental team,” Dodson Head Coach Deserae Kill Eagle said.

If Dodson can make it past Froid-Lake, they would most likely see Scobey in the next round. Scobey will open the tournament against Richey-Lambert on Wednesday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m.

Dodson won their opening game in the District 3B against the Nashua-Opheim Rivals on Wednesday, February 13. The score was 68-27.

The team was led by Kailee Henry who had 27 points and Ella Messerly who had 25 points. The duo combined for 52 points. Messerly had four treys. Serena Chandler had five points. Christina Jaynes had four points and Jean Jackson had four points. Lindsay Fetter had two points and Emma Cole had one point.

“They are a young team so attacking them defensively and transitioning to score as quickly as we could and really working on our transition game was key, as well as setting each other up for shots,” Coach Kill Eagle said.

Dodson’s defense did not allow Nashua to score a single point in the first quarter and only seven points in the half. Dodson balanced their defensive effort with 21 points in the first quarter and 18 in the second quarter. The halftime score was 39-7.

Nashua continued to try to claw back into the game but Dodson’s offense proved to be too much outscoring Nashua 29-20 in the second half.

The team would then be pitted against North Country who entered the tournament as the second seed. Due to their second North Country had a first-round bye.

Dodson lost their third clash of the season with North Country 56-43 on Thursday, February 14.

“The girls came out strong and I was so proud of them because whenever we play North Country there seems to be this mental block. We just psych ourselves out and we totally had nothing to lose and nothing to gain; they went out feisty on defense.”

Henry led the charge for Dodson in the loss, scoring a game-high 19 points. Messerly had nine points. Jaynes had seven points. Fetter had four points and Chandler had three points.

The Mavericks gained a 15-7 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter. Dodson kept fighting, outscoring North Country 15-12 in the second quarter. The score was 27-22 at the half, but North Country would make adjustments after the break which ultimately would be the deciding factor in the game.

“If we could redo the third quarter it could have been a little bit closer of a game,” Coach Kill Eagle said. “It was not pretty.”

North Country went on a 20-7 run in the third. Dodson outscored North Country 14-9 in the fourth but the deficit was too much to overcome.

The Lady Coyotes would outpace the Frazer Bearcubs in the consolation Semi-finals on Friday morning, outscoring the Bearcubs 61-34. Messerly had a game-leading 25 points, which included four treys.

Henry had 20 points. Jackson and Chandler each scored four points. Jaynes and Ireland Best had three points and Fetter had two points.

Dodson outscored Frazer 18-11 in the first but was outscored 12-8 in the second quarter. The halftime score was 26-23. Dodson would turn up things on both sides of the ball after the break, outscoring Frazer 20-5 in the third and 15-6 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Coyotes would go on to defeat the Lustre Lady Lions in the consolation finals later that day. The score was 51-42.

Messerly led the team with 23 points, which included five treys. Henry and Jaynes had 12 points each. Jackson and Best each had two points.

“By that game, the girls were pretty exhausted,” Coach Kill Eagle said. “They wanted it but their bodies were (tired). Once they were able to get past that slump, they were able to get and maintain their lead.”


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