If you looked at preseason polls, the Kidder County girls were not selected to be the representative out of Region 3. They were picked to finish third, but that’s why we play the game. It’s not about what is on paper, it’s about how you perform on the court.
The Kidder County Wolves enter the state tournament with an undefeated record and ranked No. 1 in the state.
“If I’m surprised,” head coach Dan Welder said, “I would say a little bit. This team has surpassed expectations so far and we’ll just try to keep doing that into this week.”
Some players knew after last seasons 15-7 finish and first-round regional exit this would be a different year.
“Over the summer,” junior Brittany Rath said. “working together and playing and I felt like we had good chemistry and that we worked well together. I knew that if we all worked hard and kept it up we could go places.”
Other players point to the District 6 game against Linton-HMB, where Kidder County overcame a 21-point deficit.
“That just showed how determined we are to be successful this season,” sophomore guard Madelyn Schmidt said. “It really let us know who good we can be if we work together and we work as hard as we can.”
Even with their success, some people question Kidder County’s ranking due to a perceived weak schedule.
“To say that we’ve had a soft schedule,” Welder said,” That is what it is. Some people will always doubt you. I’ve told the girls to just prove the doubters wrong.”
This week, Kidder County looks to bring home the schools first state title since 2009.”
I a lot of people think that we are just No. 1 because we have not had a lot of tough games,” Rath said. “I know a lot of teams want to get that first loss on us. I think there is a little bit of a target on our back.”
On this team, Kidder County does not have a lot of state experience. Tomorrow, they will face Rugby at 6:30 p.m.