Nighthawks knock off Heart River

If you missed this game you missed a whale of a game.

#33, Brandon Pierce [Denise Andress | REFLECTIONS STUDIO]
#33, Brandon Pierce
[Denise Andress | REFLECTIONS STUDIO]
By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record

If you missed this game you missed a whale of a game.  Packed house, loud fans and a tight game was on the menu as Hettinger-Scranton (HS) pulled out a 53-49 decision and knocking Heart River (HR) from the unbeaten ranks in Region 7 play.

HS jumped out to a 18-12 first quarter lead and maintained a lead for the entire game but had to scramble to hang on to it in the final quarter.  HR defense on Nighthawk’s leading scorer, Hayden Sadowsky, was tight in the first half as they held him scoreless.  But Brandon Pierce took over the game in the 1st quarter by scoring ten points and controlling the boards for HS.  The 2nd quarter started out slow with the first points of the quarter not coming until three minutes was left on the clock.  When the first half was finished HS was up 25-16.

The third quarter was played even as HS added one point to their lead by outscoring HR 14-13 and Sadowsky picking up his first points of the game.  But the 4th quarter was the barn burner as HR tighten their defense and HS started throwing the ball away on errant passes.  Dion Madler turned into a scoring machine for the Cougars and Blayne Smith hit a couple of 3-pointers and they managed to tie the game with 25 seconds left.  But Sadowsky hit a running, off balanced jumper to give HS a two point lead.  When HR failed to score it left their only option as to foul a Nighthawk in hopes he missed the free throws.  With five seconds left Isaiah Kludt was fouled and he calmly sank both free throws to secure the win.

Kludt paced the Nighthawks in scoring with 15 points, followed by Pierce with 14 and Sadowsky 10.  I had Pierce with 11 rebounds.  Madler led the Cougars with 23 and Smith added 15.

The young Nighthawks were less fortunate as the C team went down 45-37.  Carson Schalesky had another nice game with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  The Junior Varsity lost their game 58-46 with Jarad Mattis leading the scoring with 12, Tate Resner had 11 and Thomas Maychrzak adding 10 and a leading eight rebounds.  In both games turnovers hurt the Nighthawks.