EYE on South West ND Sports

The Hettinger-Scranton (HS) girl’s basketball team lost a tough one to rival Bowman by a score of 58-49. Posted Feb. 13, 2014

by Sheldon Christenson

The Hettinger-Scranton (HS) girl’s basketball team lost a tough one to rival Bowman by a score of 58-49. HS was up at half time by five, 23-18, but the lady Bulldogs scored 21 in the 3rd quarter behind Brittany Hansey’s 12 points. HS only managed 8 counters and could not make up the difference in the last quarter. Hansey ended up with 20 to lead Bowman who was without their injured star Morgan Woodley. Casey Joppa paced HS with 20 points.

They followed up that game with a convincing 55-36 win over Mott-Regent on 10 Feb. HS was ahead 8-4 after a lackluster first quarter but turned up the heat with aggressive full court pressure led by Kaitlin Reitz to score 22 points and pull ahead 30-11. Cassie Holt paced the Nighthawks in scoring with 14 and Reitz was close behind with 12. HS’s JV lost a close one by a score of 44-41. MR’s post player Madie Johnson was too much for the Nighthawks as she must have scored close to half of MR’s total. I had Ashley Miller leading HS with 11 points and 9 rebounds. The win put HS at 4-3 in region play with four region games remaining giving them a good shot at hosting a region play-in game.

Probably the top two teams in Region 7 girl’s basketball had a rough week as #4 ranked Shiloh Christian easily defeated Trinity 65-38 and Carrington roughed up then ranked #5 Beach, 50-33.

The boy’s basketball team took on Trinity in a home game on 7 Feb and lost two out of three. Trinity’s C team roster showed 13 freshmen and they all seemed competent at playing the game as they demolished HS’s C team 73-16. It is tough playing a basketball machine like Trinity with a team made up of roughly 70% 7th and 8th graders.

HS’s JV team came out on top 39-31 as Isaiah Kludt poured in 17 points to lead HS scoring followed by Sam Kludt with 11. The varsity fell 60-45 as competing against Trinity’s height and bulk was too much. Trinity’s varsity roster had six players on it who are 6’2” to 6’4”. Hayden Sadowsky led the Nighthawks in scoring with 19 and Kye Erickson added 12.

Why ND doesn’t go with three classes of high school basketball is beyond me. SD seems to be able to handle it.

The boys followed up the Trinity loss by losing a close one to Mott-Regent, 60-56. The loss gave them a 3-6 region record with only two region games remaining. Their chances of hosting a region play-in game were diminished with the loss. The other three teams competing to host a play-in game are MR, Heart River & Beach. They all won on 11 Feb and have 4-5 region records. HS must win their last two games and one of the other three must lose their last two games for HS to host the game.

HS’s C team is in a C tournament hosted by Trinity on 15 and 17 Feb. HS plays at 11:30 on 15 Feb against Heart River. If they win they will play again at 3:30 and if they lose they play at 2:15.

Congratulation to the Nighthawk wrestlers for winning the Region IV wrestling tournament and coach Randy Burwick in being named the Region IV coach of the year.

Hettinger-Scranton’s sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– 13-15 Feb, State wrestling tournament at Bismarck

– 15 Feb, Boys C-team BB tourney at Trinity

– 17 Feb, Boys C-team BB tourney at Trinity

– 17 Feb, Varsity Girls BB at Hebron-Glen Ullin

– 18 Feb, Varsity Boys BB at Bowman

– 20 Feb, Varsity Girls BB at Beulah

– 21 Feb, Varsity Boys BB Regional Play In game

See you at the games.