Killdeer Cowboys advance to State Basketball Championship

Article by Ian Grande

Minot – The Killdeer Cowboys are heading the State Class B Girls Basketball Championship following their 48-47 victory over the Thompson Tommies.

The Tommies took an eight-point lead with under four minutes in the 3rd quarter, but Cowboys would rally right back, thanks in large part to their swarming defense (The Cowboys forced 17 turnovers in the game).

Neither team could pull away in the fourth quarter and it became clear that we would see another excellent finish at the State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament.

The Cowboys were able to take a three-point lead with less than one minute remaining, but the Tommies answered quickly with a layup to cut the lead back to one (46-45). Killdeer would hit a pair of free-throws to extend the lead back to three points with under 10 seconds left. The Tommies would add a two point basket at the buzzer but would come up a point short.

Killdeer senior Trae Murray (Photo by Ian Grande)
Killdeer senior Trae Murray (Photo by Ian Grande)

Trae Murray paced the Cowboys with 14 points, the senior also had 8 rebounds.

Kailen Dolleslager poured in a game high 16 points to lead the Tommies.

Killdeer will face the winner of the Grant County vs. Medina/Pingree-Buchannan semifinal game.

Killdeer 12 9 9 18 (48)

Thompson 10 7 16 14 (47)

Killdeer: Murray 14, Reiss 10, Andersen 9, Hansen 5, Larsen 4, Kling 3, Four Bears 3

Thompson: Dolleslager 16, Hughes 12, Zak 8, Sorby 4, Munson 3, Jordheim 2, Nistler 2

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email

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