Nighthawks struggle in second half in losing effort against Beulah

It’s hard to overcome scoring only six points in a half of basketball. Posted Jan. 17,2014


Pioneer Sports Writer

It’s hard to overcome scoring only six points in a half of basketball.

On Jan. 14, Hettinger-Scranton hosted the Beulah Miners in Hettinger. Beulah dominated the court, holding the Nighthawks scoreless in the third quarter, and six points total in the second half.

Beulah came out of the gate storming. They put up 22 points in the first quarter alone. The Nighthawks were able to cut the Beulah lead to four momentarily, but after a 8-0 scoring run Beulah would extend their lead to 12 by the end of the quarter.

Hettinger-Scranton didn’t let up and played hard. Capping off a 5-0 scoring run by Hettinger-Scranton, a buzzer beating 3-pointer by senior Kye Erickson helped the Nighthawks cut the Beulah lead to seven, behind only 35-28.

Then came the third quarter.

The Nighthawks were held scoreless against a staunch Miner defense. Turnovers didn’t help, and Hettinger-Scranton gave Beulah ample opportunities as they continued to give the ball away. They would finish the game with 22 turnovers for the game.

Beulah extended their lead in the fourth quarter as they scored the first three points before a Nighthawk basket would snap the Miner 13-0 scoring run. The Nighthawks had six points in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap with Beulah, and lost 58-34.

The Nighthawks did well from the free-throw line, making six baskets in 11 opportunities.

Top scorer for the Nighthawks was sophomore Hayden Sadowsky with 12. Sophomore Brandon Pierce was second with eight points, followed by Erickson who had six.