Lady Nighthawks hold lead through three quarters but fall to Titans

The Lady Nighthawks faced off against the Dickinson Trinity Titans in the second round of the Region 7 Girls Basketball Tournament March 10. 

Posted March 13, 2014

BY COLE BENZ

The Lady Nighthawks faced off against the Dickinson Trinity Titans in the second round of the Region 7 Girls Basketball Tournament March 10.

They held strong for three quarters, but ultimately fell to the Titans 49-37.

The Lady Nighthawks played some of the best basketball they had played all season long. They held the lead against Dickinson Trinity, the number two seed in the tournament, for the first three quarters of the game.

They outscored the Titans in the first half, and had a better shooting percentage. Hettinger-Scranton shot 39 percent while holding Dickinson Trinity to 24 percent.

Helping Hettinger-Scranton was the scoring effort of senior Kaitlin Reitz. Reitz had a game high 13 points, scoring 12 of them in the first two quarters.

Dickinson Trinity went on a 6-0 run midway through the third quarter and tied it at 25. Titan senior Rachel Jahner then hit a 3-pointer to take lead over Hettinger-Scranton. Jahner added one more 3-point basket, bringing the run to 12-0. Hettinger-Scranton junior Casey Joppa drained her own 3-point shot to stop the run.

The Lady Nighthawks would regain their early-game form before the end of the third, and went on a 7-0 run and had a 32-31 lead after three quarters of play.

The fourth quarter was turbulent early. There would be a lead change three times before the Titans capped off their strong performance and closed out Hettinger-Scranton, ending their season.

Dickinson Trinity put up 17 points in the final quarter, helped out by sophomore Brianna Soehren who scored seven points in the quarter. Dickinson Trinity also pressed the Lady Nighthawks hard, and they were held to only five points in that final quarter of the game.

Leading scorer for the Hettinger-Scranton was Reitz with 13, followed by senior Cassie Holt who had 11.