Cowboys buzz by the Wolves 49-27, take third at district

BASE LINE SCORE  —  Cowboy senior Camron Janzen got past an Eagle defender and went baseline to score two of his 15 points in Conrad’s 55-49 win over Fairfield at the district tourney in Shelby. He also had five boards, four assists and a steal in the contest.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




Conrad got into action on Thursday at the Northern 1B District tournament in Shelby in a faceoff with Cut Bank.

The home boys wasted little time in putting the Wolves in a hole they could not climb out of, going on a 16-4 run and then handily moving to a 49-27 win.

Senior Austin Zomer blistered the nets, leading all scorers with 16 points. Senior Camron Janzen pounded home 15 markers off the glass.

Shane Larson stuffed the nets with nine points, Devin VandenBos scored five times, while Matt Missik and Tristen Diedrich each had a bucket.

Conrad scored on 17 shots from the floor and was 13-19 at the line. Cut Bank hit on nine shots from the floor and was 7-10 from the line.

In a similar fashion, Fairfield cruised by Shelby 47-26.

The Eagles hit on 20 shots from the floor and went 7-14 at the line. Shelby scored on eight shots from the field and 9-14 from the line.

Friday the team faced off with top seeded Rocky Boy Northern Stars and fell to them for the third time this year, 67-48.

Rocky Boy built a 30-18 lead by intermission and coasted to the win with a 37-30 scoring advantage in the second half.

Zomer lit up the score board with 23 points, leading all scorers. VandenBos and Larson added eight markers each to the scoring column, Janzen pumped home seven, and Murack added a hoop.

Conrad scored on 28 shots from the floor and was 12-19 at the line.

Next up for the team was Shelby who had won only one game all season and was 0-8 in conference play.

The Cowboys wasted little time in building a 12-6 advantage and a 29-16 lead by the intermission.

Shelby tried to make a game of it in the third quarter, rallying for 10 points while the home boys could only score four points. But Conrad bounced back and went on a 16-8 run down the stretch for the 45-34 win.

Larson led the team in scoring putting up 14 points. He pulled down five boards, two assists, one steal and a blocked shot for a neat all around game. Right behind him was Murack with 12 points, all of them coming from the outside on three point bombs.

Zomer touched the nets for seven markers, VandenBos hit for four and Janzen, Matt Missik, Clark Judisch and Terence Kleinsasser all scored two each. Conrad outscored Shelby, 16-0, with points off the bench and won the battle of the boards with 32 rebounds to 17 for the Coyotes.

The team hit on 18 shots from the floor and was 5 of 10 at the line. Shelby scored on 13 shots from the field and 4-7 at the line.

With four teams advancing out of district, the win punched Conrad’s ticket for a dance at the divisional meet in Cut Bank.

The team was up against rival Fairfield for third or fourth place.

In one of the best games on the court this season, the Cowboys rallied back from an 11 point deficit, 18-7, and took the contest into an overtime quarter which they dominated 15-9 for a huge win, 55-49.

Going into the fourth quarter Conrad trailed 31-35. Missik came on to score four key points in the lane, one bucket, a neat hook shot and Zomer tied the game with a base line jumper that would send the game into OT.

The tip off in the OT went to Conrad and Missik floated home a short shot for the home boys’ first lead of the game 42-40. VandenBos was like a machine from the line, knocking down one free throw after another.

He scored 15 points on the night going 13-14 at the line. VandenBos also had two steals, one assist and five rebounds. Janzen had a neat game as well, slicing the nets for 15 markers, pulling in two rebounds, dishing out three assists and getting one steal.

Zomer hit for 12 points, was 2/2 at the line, had five boards four assists and a steal.

Larson scored four times and had eight boards, Padilla was right behind with three, Missik scored six times and had five rebounds.

Conrad scored on 16 shots from the floor and was a super 19-22 at the line. The Eagles hit on 18 shots from the floor but were just 9-17 at the line.

Conrad outscored them with points off the bench, 9-6, and took the battle of the boards 34-27.

The divisional tournament stars in Cut Bank on Feb. 28.