Chalk this one up for the Nighthawks. On Feb. 17 they traveled to Bowman County and won by a wide margin of 73-32.
By Cole Benz | For The Record | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chalk this one up for the Nighthawks. On Feb. 17 they traveled to Bowman County and won by a wide margin of 73-32. The Nighthawks needed the win to keep pace in hopes to increasing their regional seeding before the regular season winds down in a few weeks.
Hettinger/Scranton came out wanting to exert their dominance, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the first quarter. Their defense wasn’t the only thing on display in the opening quarter as they also put up a commanding 20-point performance.
The Bulldogs mustered up some offense in the second quarter and put up a decent effort with a 17-point performance. However, the Nighthawks didn’t let their scoring rest, and out did their first quarter total by three and had 23 points of their own.
Bowman County was able to move the ball around well, but when it came to putting it through the hoop they struggled. They were hesitant in the first quarter with their shot selection and when they were able to get an opportunity they couldn’t follow through.
The Nighthawks were relentless on the offensive glass, grabbing their own rebounds which lead to multiple second-chance scoring opportunities.
The Bulldogs were only able to make three field goals in the second quarter, and made the rest of their living at the charity line. Bowman County went 14 for 20 at the line on the evening.
The fact that Hettinger/Scranton was draining shots from beyond the arc propelled the them even further. Out of eight successful 3-pointers for Hettinger/Scranton, Hayden Sadowsky had four of them. At the half the Nighthawks led 43-17.
In the third Bowman County made the first basket of the half, but then Hettinger/Scranton went on a 14-0 scoring run that put them up 57-19 midway through the quarter.
The Nighthawks slowed down their offense in the fourth quarter and scored 10, but the game had already been won, and they notched another region victory, moving them to 7-3 in the Region 7 standings.
Leading scorer for Bowman County was Dylan Scott with 13 and Alex Bartholomay came in second with eight. Most of the scoring was done at the free-throw line for Bowman County as they finished with only eight field goals.
Hayden Sadowsky lead the way for the Nighthawks with 25 followed by Isaiah Kludt with 16. Brandon Pierce scored 12 as the final Nighthawk to put up double digits.
The Nighthawks wrap up the season against Mott/Regent at home on Feb. 19 and at Beach on Feb. 27, both regional games.