Lady Nighthawks opens up Regional Tournament with a win

The Hettinger-Scranton Lady Nighthawks hosted the Richardton-Taylor Raiders in one of the opening Region 7 Tournament games on March 4 in Scranton. Posted March 6, 2014

Paige Gravning
Paige Gravning

 

By Cole Benz

Pioneer Sports Writer

 

The Hettinger-Scranton Lady Nighthawks hosted the Richardton-Taylor Raiders in one of the opening Region 7 Tournament games on March 4 in Scranton. The Lady Nighthawks won in dominating fashion against the Raiders, winning 49-29.

The story at the beginning of the game was junior Casey Joppa.

Joppa scored 12 of Hettinger-Scranton’s first 14 points to open the game. Joppa would finish with 21 points on the evening. After the first quarter, the Lady Nighthawks had the lead at 19-10.

The second quarter saw the Raiders continuing to struggle to score against the Lady Nighthawks, and by the 3:38 mark of the second quarter had only scored two more points and was down 25-12.

Richardton-Taylor would creep back into the game, even cutting the lead down to single digits at one point, but the offensive output by the Lady Nighthawks was just too much. Hettinger-Scranton also employed a staunch defense in the winning effort, allowing only 20 points through the first three quarters of the game.

Hettinger-Scranton really put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 more points and holding the Raiders to just nine to seal the 20-point victory.

Leading scorer for the Lady Nighthawks was Joppa with 21 points, followed by senior Kaitlin Reitz with eight. Joppa also had eight rebounds on the evening.

With the victory, the Lady Nighthawks move on and will face No. 2 seed Dickinson Trinity in the next round of postseason play at 6 p.m. March 10.