Nighthawk basketball teams both down Harding County

Harding County came to Scranton on Dec. 18 and 19 to take on the Nighthawk boys and girls’ basketball teams, and left going 0-2 for their efforts.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For the Record

Harding County came to Scranton on Dec. 18 and 19 to take on the Nighthawk boys and girls’ basketball teams, and left going 0-2 for their efforts.

Hettinger-Scranton’s boy’s basketball team faced the Ranchers first and pulled out a 64-62 win.  The Nighthawk’s full court pressure initially gave the Ranchers trouble as they quickly fell behind 12-0.  On top of that, their 6’4” center Mason Teigen left the game late in the first quarter with three fouls and would not return until the 2nd half.  The Nighthawks built a 13-point lead at the end of the first half which was highlighted by a buzzer-beating long range 3-point shot by Haden Sadowsky, which made the score 38-25.

With the return of Teigen in the second half, better shooting and rebounding, they outscored Hettinger/Scranton 37-26 but the Ranchers fell just short by two points.

They had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute to go but, Sam Kludt blocked a close in shot by Teigen which more than likely saved the game from being tied.

The Ranchers got the ball back with 10 seconds left but could not get off a good shot.  Kludt was having a problem finding his shooting touch but his blocked shot was definitely one of the key moments for the Nighthawks.

Sadowsky scored 34 for HS which included five 3-pointers and Brandon Pierce added 21.  I had Clayton Koch leading Harding Co. with 23 points.  The Nighthawk JV team also remains undefeated as they downing Harding Co. 63-53.

Harding Co. came into the game with a 2-0 record and receiving votes in the top five in South Dakota Class B ranks.

The following night the Nighthawk girls downed the Harding County girls who came in with a 1-3 record.  The Hettinger/Scranton girls also jumped out to an early lead as they were head 16-1 after the first stop, and 25-15 at half.  They held on in the second half although being outscored 24-21 to pull off their second win of the season to go along with five losses.

Casey Joppa tallied 19 and Kinsey Jahner added 11 for the Nighthawks.  Both had two 3-pointers.







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