Girls HS Basketball: Kidder County’s more balance offense leads to 12-0 record

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The Kidder County Wolves girls basketball team is one of seven remaining unbeatens in Class B and of those teams the Wolves have the best record at 12-0.

This season, Kidder County has learned that a balanced attack is hard for defenses to stop.

“Halfway through the season, Kidder County is unblemished.

“We work really hard together,” said senior guard Jaslyn Magstadt. “We put in the time in the offseason. So, I think that we worked for it.”

The Wolves’ start is a little surprising considering the team graduated their best basketball player Grace Benz.

“Did pretty much everything for us,” head coach Dan Welder said. “This year, it’s not a focus on one person. It’s a focus on all five girls at one time.”

Without Grace’s 20 points a game, Kidder County chose to go with a more balanced offensive approach.

“This year,” sophomore point guard Madelyn Schmidt said. “We’ve really focused on anyone of us scoring. I think that’s something where we are all more comfortable with each other. More comfortbable with our roles and we have quite a bit of experience.”

And that balance is not only scoring. Post players feel can take on the role of a guards and vice versa.

“We are just way more diverse that we were last year,” Schmidt said. “Anyone of us can bring up the ball, too, depending on whether it’s a post player or a guard.”

The scary part about this group: Jaslyn Magstadt is the only senior.

“I really have to be a leader on and off the court and just be a role model to the younger girls,” Magstadt said.

Kidder County is not expecting a region title, instead they want to make it past the first round of the regional tournament.

“They like when they see other people succeed,” Welder said, “so that’s really nice.”

Kidder County looks to remain perfect tomorrow when they face Strasburg-Zeeland at home.

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