Cowgirls stampede Sidney 61-45

The Custer County District High School girls basketball team built a 14-point at the half and cruised to a 61-45 road win over Sidney on Tuesday.

The Cowgirls improved to 10-4 overall and 7-3 in the Eastern A Conference with the victory.

Coach Aaron Essex’s Cowgirls dominated in every facet of the game, outshooting, outrebounding and committing fewer turnovers than their hosts.

Custer County netted 41 percent (23-56) of their shots compared to 27 percent (12-45) for Sidney. The Cowgirls won the battle of the boards 41-38, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second-chance points. And while Custer committed 15 turnovers, they forced 21.

The Cowgirls were led on offense by junior post player Kaelei Koenig, who logged a double-double. Koenig grabbed 10 rebounds and meshed 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting, both game-highs.

Senior guard Jenna Swope added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and went 2-for-4 from beyond the arc for Custer County. Junior guard Ashley Venable added nine points to the effort while sophomore guard Kyra Oakland had six points, five rebounds and a game-high six steals.

Custer County returns to action on Friday when they visit St. Labre Catholic School. The varsity game begins at 6:30 p.m. They’ll host Billings West High School on Saturday on Parent Day, the team’s home finale. Varsity action tips off at 4:30 p.m.