The Hettinger Scranton Lady Night Hawks rode an impressive first quarter of basketball all the way to a 34-27 victory over the Hebron Glen Ullin Bearcats on Thursday. Posted Feb. 28, 2013
On an evening where neither offense could get much rhythm going, it would be the strong start that carried the day.
Quarter one was a very impressive outburst for Coach Pierce’s squad. That took place from behind the three point arc.
Kaitlyn Olson would got the game started with a quick two and then back to back-to-back three pointers would blow the game open.
Olson, Casey Joppa and Kaitlin Reitz all hit big shots from beyond the arc. Following the outburst, the Lady Night Hawks claimed a 14-4 lead after one period.
As quickly as the shots were dropping in the first quarter, it would be just as quickly turned off in second period action. The Night Hawks struggled from the field throughout the stanza. Mustering a mere four points, two baskets by Joppa, spelled no disaster. The Bearcats were able to close the gap to three but it was still the Night Hawks leading at halftime 18-15.
The Bearcats continued their comeback throughout the third quarter. The Lady Night Hawks still were unable to find any offensive continuity. They managed only six points, and allowed only nine points to the Bearcats.
As the defense was still playing sound basketball, it allowed the Night Hawks to never give up the lead. The score was be tied at the end of the third quarter at 24-24.
A quick 5-0 run gave the Night Hawks a little breathing room to start the fourth quarter. A big three pointer by Olson followed by a bucket from Becca Oase gave the Night Hawks a little shot in the arm. After going 0-8 in free throws to keep the Bearcats close, the Night Hawks rebounded with a 4-6 performance down the stretch. That was just enough to come away with a big region win. The final score would stand at 34-27.
The Lady Night Hawks will close out the season against Richardton on Saturday. Then, they look forward to District 13 action as the #5 seed where they will battle #4 seed Heart River next Friday evening.