Junior high girls continue to improve


Head coaches Misty Steeke and her assistant Kali Christianson have their junior high girls on a continuous improvement program.  On their opening game back on Nov. 20 against the Bowman Bulldogs they pretty much had their way as they downed the Nighthawks 7th-graders 41-15 and the 8th-graders 34-23.  Following that defeat the 8th-graders went on to defeat New England and Heart River.  The 7th-graders were improving but lost both of their games.

Although both teams lost again on Dec. 2 on their second shot at Bowman, the results were a lot different.  The 7th-graders had a good first half as they led Bowman 16-13 at the end of the half.  They could not match their first half play in the second half and eventually lost 27-20.  Although winless at this point with a 0-4 record, they are showing improvement.  Alyssa Andress had another good game with 10 counters and Quinn Mellmer chipped in with six points and six rebounds.

The 8th-graders came out playing a full court pressure game in an attempt to neutralize Bowman’s inside game as they have three girls taller than any Nighthawk, and who can rebound and shoot.

Although they lost 28-25, they gave Bowman a scare.  I had Abbi Kludt with 13 points and five rebounds for the Nighthawks.  They succeeded in reducing the rebounding presence of the three Bulldog insiders that made the game closer, but the Nighthawks were still out rebounded.  The pressure defense created many steals but when Bowman was able to get those three the ball, it usually resulted in a bucket.  Those three contributed 18 points of Bowman’s total.

Both teams recorded wins against Lemmon on Dec. 5 as the 7th-graders achieved their first win of the season with a 31-15 victory.  Mellmer had a good game with 13 points while Andress added 10 and six rebounds.  Hettinger-Scranton’s 8th-grade team dominated Lemmon with a 38-15 win.  Abbi Kludt scored eight points while Anna Kludt had seven and Andress added six.

The next night they took on New England and Beach in a triangular in Hettinger.  The 7th-grade team lost to New England 28-20 and then beat Beach 29-24.  In the Beach game, Andress had a monster game with 22 points and seven rebounds.

The 8th-grade team results were just the opposite as they downed New England 32-9 and lost a close one to Beach 26-24.  Briana Sanford led the Nighthawks with 15 points.  Abbi Kludt took care of the board work as I had her with 11 rebounds, but she had a rough game in the scoring column with only three points.

I was informed that Beach has a young team with the 7th-grade team comprised mainly of 6th-graders and the 8th-grade team has only two 8th-graders and 7th-graders fill in.  But they are doing well as both teams downed Bowman earlier in the season.  They also have good overall size.