The Scranton-Hettinger Nighthawks Girl’s Basketball team faced off against the Ranchers from Harding County Jan. 13 at Scranton High School. Posted Jan. 17, 2014
By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Sports Writer
The Scranton-Hettinger Nighthawks Girl’s Basketball team faced off against the Ranchers from Harding County Jan. 13 at Scranton High School.
The teams matched up evenly all night, but in the end the Nighthawks were victorious, winning by a score of 43-38.
Harding County suffered from the turnover bug in the first half, committing 15. The Nighthawks played a clean half, and turned the ball over only six times between the first two quarters.
Scoring was back and forth, with neither team pulling of a huge scoring run over each other. The first quarter the Nighthawks scored seven, and held the Ranchers to only four points. Harding County made a valiant effort at catching up in the second quarter by outscoring Hettinger-Scranton 13-12, but were still down 19-17 when halftime came around.
Harding County was outscored 10-9 in the fourth quarter, which negated their one point gain in the third. Hettinger-Scranton won the scoring battle in the fourth, outscoring the Ranchers 14-12 which gave the Nighthawks the 43-38 victory.
The Nighthawks didn’t play as clean in the second half, and they committed 13 turnovers. But it was still a smaller number than Harding County, they would finish with 24 for the game.
The Nighthawks were 10 for 22 at the free-throw line. Top performer of the game was Casey Joppa. She had 16 points to go along with six rebounds. She also was two for five at the free-throw line and had two steals.