KILLDEER, N.D. - They’ve made it through the region tourney, and now they’re off to the Class-B Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Killdeer Cowboys will be on the court at the Minot State Dome tomorrow.
It's been 13 years since the Killdeer Cowboys have gone to the state tournament. They finished their season 20-4 while claiming the region 7 title, but they're just getting started.
"The main thing that's kind of going through my head is, we did it. We finally did it,” said senior, Trae Murray. And these girls did it, together. They've all been playing basketball since the 3rd grade, so needless to say, going to state, has been a work in progress.
"I think the biggest thing for this team, is that they've worked hard for so many years,” said Ashlee Viveros, Killdeer girls basketball head coach. “You know the off-season is putting the time in, and not just putting the work in, but trusting in each other throughout the season and believing in ourselves. I think has been huge for this group, so they love each other more than any group I've ever coached."
Junior Shawnee Hanson added, "We're just all playing together, we all want the same thing, we're having so much fun together, we're just playing team basketball and that's what's most important."
Right now, it's essential that the Cowboys focus on their opener against Rugby, as senior Sydney Anderson said, "The first game is the most important, so we just need to play Cowboy basketball like we have been all year around, and just have fun and enjoy the moment."
Murry added that, “We don't want to be a team that's just happy to be there, we want to be the team that, we get there and we prove we deserve to be there. We've gone this whole season being with the targets on our backs, and we are expected to do these great things, and now going into the tournament, the tables are turned."
While these girls are now considered the underdogs for the state tournament, their fans sure don't feel that way.
"Oh this community does so much for the Cowboy program, and to give this back to them is just a great opportunity,” said Anderson. “We're so excited, like you said, the communities so excited, and you can just feel the Cowboy pride, it's an amazing feeling."
Viveros said, "It's overwhelming how the community has stepped up, and just shown us so much support and love, so we really want to go out there and make them proud in our state appearance."
The Cowboys head up to the Magic City to fight for that state title beginning tomorrow at about 2:45 p.m. CT to take on Rugby.