The 2017-18 Shiloh Christian girls basketball team made school history Saturday afternoon.
With their 64-29 victory over the Watford City Wolves at the Shiloh gymnasium, the No. 1-ranked Skyhawks became the school's first basketball team -- girls or boys -- to post a perfect regular season. Saturday's victory raised Shiloh's record to 19-0 -- a mark that includes 17 games that were decided by at least 10 points.
With a perfect regular season in the books, the Skyhawks now have their sights set on their ultimate goal.
"We want to get back to the state tournament and win it, just like we did two years ago," said Shiloh senior Amber Stevahn, who last week scored her 1,000th career point. "Going undefeated (in the regular season) is definitely something to be proud of and it feels good knowing that we're the first Shiloh team to do that, but we have bigger goals. It's going to be difficult ... it always is, but we're excited. We're ready to go after it."
Shiloh coach Daryl Bearstail said hard work and unselfish play are two reasons why the Skyhawks ran the regular season table.
"I can't say enough about this group of girls. Winning every regular-season game is very hard to do, but they've worked hard every day since the start of practice and earned every one of those wins," he said. "They all have that team-first mentality ... very unselfish, and they put in a lot of time preparing for an opponent. We had a tough schedule this year, but the girls got through it because they came ready to play every time."
The Skyhawks are the No. 1 seed in the District 9 tournament, which begins Friday at Shiloh.
In its regular-season finale, Shiloh rode a 12-0 run to a 20-6 lead and never looked back. After the Wolves got within 10 points, 24-14, the Skyhawks finished off the first half on a 9-2 run and carried a 33-16 advantage into the intermission.
Watford City, which moves to the Class A ranks next school year, scored the first two points of the second half, but an 8-0 Shiloh run made it 41-18 with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter. The quarter ended 50-22.
Stevahn said the Skyhawks built a substantial lead by doing what they do best.
"Defense, and passing the ball," she said. "For us it all starts with defense. When we play well on defense, it gets our offense going. And when we're on offense, we always try to move the ball around as much as we can to get the best shot. We're a good passing team. I think that's one thing that sets us apart."
Stevahn, with 15 points, was one of three Shiloh players scoring in double figures. The others were Brittan Grubb 16 and Olivia Martin 11. Paige Murray finished with five points, but blocked seven shots.
Emma Mogen and Kaylin Monsen each tallied six points for the Wolves, who fell to 9-10 overall.
The Shiloh boys basketball team wrapped up the top seed in the District 9 tournament with a come-from-behind 58-50 victory over Solen Friday night.
The Skyhawks trailed 19-11 at the end of the first quarter, but held the Sioux to 31 points the rest of the way. Jayce Archambault accounted for 26 Solen points, but the rest of the team managed just four field goals in the second, third and fourth quarters combined.
"We played good defense after the first quarter ... that was the key for us," said Shiloh coach Brad Miller. "Solen has good shooters and we did a nice job locking down on them. Archambault hurt us ... he's a good player and we had a hard time stopping him, but we managed to hold the others in check."
Shiloh outscored Solen 18-10 in the fourth quarter, with Jaden Mitzel (8) and Macauley Young (6) combining for 14 points. Young and Mitzel finished with 23 and 20 points, respectively.
On Saturday, the Skyhawks trailed 18-8 early, but dominated the second, third and fourth quarters in a 71-43 victory over Watford City.
Shiloh led 28-26 at halftime and 48-38 at the end of the third quarter before scoring 21 of the first 23 points in the fourth.
Young led the Skyhawks, 12-3, with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jonas Mitzel and Matthew Reep added 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Riley Headings topped Watford City with 13.
The Skyhawks will host Beulah on Tuesday night. The Miners are 11-3 and have won their last eight games.