Both the boys and girls of the Hettinger-Scranton basketball teams traveled to Bison for a double header against the Cardinals Jan. 18, both teams claiming victories.Posted Jan. 24, 2014
By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Sports Writer
Both the boys and girls of the Hettinger-Scranton basketball teams traveled to Bison for a double header against the Cardinals Jan. 18, both teams claiming victories.
The girls’ game was up first with a 5 p.m. tipoff. The game started out fairly evenly matched. However, as the first quarter progressed the Nighthawks pulled away from the Cardinals.
The lady Nighthawks had their offense clicking on all cylinders, and after the first half had a 14-point lead. The third quarter started like the second half ended, with lots of lady Nighthawk points and a staunch defense keeping the Cardinal scoring to a minimum. After three quarters of play, the Nighthawks were ahead 49-23.
The fourth quarter saw the scoring a little closer, as the Nighthawks put up 11 points and the Cardinals scoring 8. The Bison effort fell short however, and the lady Nighthawks won 60-31.
Not only was the scoring lopsided in favor of Hettinger-Scranton, but the turnover battle was also won by the Nighthawks. While Hettinger-Scranton turned it over 21 times, they took better care of the ball then their opponent, who committed 40 turnovers on the evening.
Lead scorer for the Nighthawks was Casey Joppa who had 16 points on the evening.
The boys’ game started about 15 minutes after the completion of the girls’ game. Tipoff was at 6:45 p.m. and the Nighthawks quickly took a commanding lead.
The Cardinals scored the first basket of the game. However, after that, the Nighthawks went on to score the next 16 points. Bison was outscored 19-7 in the first quarter, but in the second quarter they cut the lead to six before Hettinger-Scranton would pull away again. The Cardinals put up 16 points in the second, but were outscored again as the Nighthawks scored 17 to end the half with a 36-23 lead.
The third was a big quarter for the Nighthawks. They scored 29 points, and after a late 3-pointer by senior Logan Robinson, ended it with their biggest lead of the game of 27 points.
In the fourth quarter Hettinger-Scranton would bring their lead to a game high 33 points before Bison cut it down. The Nighthawks finished with a 31 point lead, beating the Cardinals 85-54.
Leading scorers for the Nighthawks were sophomores Hayden Sadowsky and Christian Kilwein who both had 19 points. Second on the team was sophomore Brandon Pierce who had 15 points.