Night Hawks Fall to Richardton-Taylor

Game two of the young season saw the Night Hawks make strides in many areas, but also provided more material to work on in their game last Saturday against Richardton-Taylor.

Posted Dec. 13, 2012

Game two of the young season saw the Night Hawks make strides in many areas, but also provided more material to work on in their game last Saturday against Richardton-Taylor.

A good start followed by a lull in the scoring produced a 14-6 deficit for the Hawks. Following a short timeout and some adjustments defensively, the boys responded with a nice 10-0 run to finish the quarter ahead 16-14.

Stephen Kristy, and Kye Erickson hit two-point field goals, while Tanner Stippich hit a three-pointer, and Damon Mellmer threw in a long three -pointer at the buzzer to end the quarter.

The game stayed tight throughout the second quarter as the teams traded baskets. Richardton was able to tie the game three times but never could get the lead. The game was tied at 29 points just before halftime when

Kristy found Brandon Pierce for a basket and the foul. Pierce missed the free throw but provided the Night Hawks with a 31-29 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams but more for the Night Hawks. Christian Kilwein put a rebound back in after five-minutes of ineptitude. That basket brought the boys within four, trailing 37-33. Paul Koppinger nailed a three-pointer to end the quarter and provided the Raiders with a 40-33 lead. It was a lead they would never relinquish. Twice the

Night Hawks would pull within three points and each time the Raiders would have an answer. The last time was a Kye Erickson basket with 1:23 to go in the game that made the score 44-41 Raiders. The last six points for Richardton-Taylor would come by a Chad Gullickson basket and four free throws. The end result was a 41-50 loss for the Night Hawks moving them to 0-2 on the season. With six players either freshman or sophomores, the team will have some growing pains until they get used to the physicalness and speed of a varsity game. There were many positive signs in the game and things that the boys can build on. They will have to build quickly as they have two more games this week against bigger, heavier opponents.

 

Scoring for the game: Kristy 13, Erickson 11, Stippich 6, Mellmer 3, Ben

Pearson 2, Chandler Miller 2, Pierce 2, Christian Kilwein 2.

 







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