Tigers get District Win over Lady Night HawksPosted Feb. 14, 2013
The Hettinger Scranton Night Hawks headed to New England on Thursday evening. A win and the Night Hawks would still be in the running for the #2 seed. A loss would cause a mix up with several teams vying for the #2-#6 seeds.
Unfortunately, the Tigers were too much for the Night Hawks on this night. New England secured the 57-46 win thanks to a strong second half effort.
Hettinger/Scranton and New England battled back and forth throughout the first half. A sluggish offense start by both sides kept the scoring down. Or maybe it was tenacious defense that kept the scoring down, or maybe a little of both.
Autumn Wolf and Gabbi Hanson led the Tigesr with 16 points each throughout the game. New England managed slim leads of 12-8 after one period and 24-22 at the halftime intermission.
A third quarter run of 18-12 extended the lead throughout the third quarter for the Tigers. The Night Hawks were still within striking distance trailing 42-34.
It was a do or die fourth quarter. It was New England, however, who maintained a comfortable lead throughout. The Night Hawks battled hard, making several mini runs but the Tigers were never threatened.
Kaitlin Reitz would lead the Night Hawks with 14 points followed closely by Casey Joppa, who hit two big three pointers, on her way to 12 points of her own. One might look to free throws as a big issue. The Night Hawks had only three attempts on the evening while the Tigers would head to the charity stripe 27 times. That is quite a disparity for any basketball game at any level.
The Night Hawks district record now stands at 2-2 with one match up remaining against Heart River. The overall record stands at 6-8. The Night Hawks will next travel to Dickinson Trinity on Saturday and then head to Beulah on Tuesday. Then the big district match up on Valentine’s Day in Scranton against Heart River.
Titans get by Night Hawks
The Hettinger Scranton Night Hawks traveled to Dickinson on Saturday to take on the Titans of Trinity. The game was an important Region VII match up. It also gave the Night Hawks a chance play on the region tournament site floor to gain valuable experience. It was the Titans, however, that feel at home as they cruised to a 54-38 win. It was the inside game that caused Coach Pierce some headaches throughout the afternoon.
The first quarter the Titans jump out to an early lead.
Rachel Jahner and Katelyn Grinsteinner got the Titans off on the right foot. The Night Hawks continued to fight throughout the first quarter, but in the end it was Trinity leading 20-10 after one quarter of play.
That lead would swell as the Titans continued to pound the ball inside. They continued to impress with a 14-7 run in second period action.
Casey Joppa hit for two baskets in the half while Bailey Sadowsky also contributed two buckets to lead the Night Hawks. It would be Michaela Erickson that would hold down the middle with a team high 4 rebounds. The lead was be 34-17 at the half.
Joppa came alive in the second half as the Night Hawks attempted to make a dent in the lead. Hettinger/Scranton matched the Titans point for point throughout the third quarter.
Kaitlin Reitz and Kaitlyn Olson hit seven points each to assist in the improved play for the Night Hawks in the third quarter. Still it would be the Titans leading 45-28.
The Night Hawks continued to battle as both sides were substituting freely in the fourth quarter. Casey Joppa scored 12 second half points including two three pointers on her way to a team high 16 points. Bailey Sadowsky also contributed 8 points of her own.
The Titans continued to work inside, however, and continued on a 19-10 run in the fourth quarter. In the end, it was a loss, but still the experience on the region tournament floor early in March should be beneficial.
The Night Hawks next action was at Beulah on Tuesday, before a big District 13 match up against Heart River on Thursday.
Beulah Miners toppled by Night Hawk Ladies
It was a back and forth affair between the Hettinger Scranton Night Hawks and the Beulah Miners on Tuesday evening. After a long road trip, it would be the Night Hawks that would build a 10-point second half lead and then hold on for the 46-44 Region VII victory. After trailing by two at halftime, the Night Hawks had a strong quarter and a half and then held off the surging Miners late in the fourth quarter.
The first half saw the Night Hawks trailing by a score of 21-19.
Keeping the score close by a suffocating defense and the strong inside presence of Cassie Holt. Her six first half points led Coach Pierce’s squad. Adding in five points each for Kaitlin Reitz and Kaitlyn Olson allowed the score to remain close throughout.
The third quarter was dominated by the Night Hawks.
Bailey Sadowsky quickly tied the score at 21 with two free throws. Then, back-to-back three point buckets by Olson and Reitz extended the lead to 27-21.
Late in the third, Olson nailed another three point basket. Following her was Reitz again and the lead swelled to 34-24. A quick Beulah bucket before the end of the third quarter had the Night Hawks still leading 24-26.
Beulah then tried to claw their way back in the game.
Reitz, Joppa, and Sadowsky hit buckets early in the fourth quarter and kept the Miners at bay. Coach Pierce had to be happy with his defense on this night as his team caused several key turnovers. The Night Hawk lead slipped to 40-37, but Sadowsky hit another basket to get the lead back to five. Late in the fourth the lead dwindled back to three and then Kaitlin Reitz hit a big basket and two free throws to salt the game away.
A late desperation three pointer made the score closer, but the Night Hawks happily took home the two point win.
The Night Hawks record now stands at 7-9 on the season and can wrap up the #3 seed with a win over Heart River on Thursday evening in Scranton.