The lady Nighthawks couldn’t shake off a scoreless first quarter against the Hazen Bison in the third game of the Region 7 girls basketball tournament.
By COLE BENZ | For The Record | firstname.lastname@example.org
The lady Nighthawks couldn’t shake off a scoreless first quarter against the Hazen Bison in the third game of the Region 7 girls basketball tournament. Hettinger/Scranton fell to Hazen 52-30 in the region quarterfinals.
The lady Nighthawks faced Hazen after defeating Mott/Regent in overtime on Friday, Feb. 20 at home. They took down the lady Wildfire 48-40 that sent them to the match up against no. 2 seed Hazen.
The lady Nighthawks won the opening tip but they struggled from that point on. Hettinger/Scranton was marred with shots that just wouldn’t fall through the net. The defensive prowess off the Bison stood firm all quarter, and their offense propelled them to a 16-point lead after the first quarter.
Hazen extended the scoring run to 18-0 into the second quarter before Molly Holt danced between two defenders to put the lady Nighthawks on the board with a layup. Hettinger/Scranton recouped some of the deficit in the second quarter by putting up 11 points, helped out by Abigail Kludt’s six points.
Hazen’s scoring didn’t settle down though, and the lady Bison went on another scoring run of eight points before a free throw by Holt broke up that run.
Hazen started to get a little sloppy with the ball, and allowed turnovers to turn into Hettinger/Scranton points, helping with the lady Nighthawks’ deficit. Also assisting Hettinger/Scranton chip away at the scoring margin was Hazen’s fouling. Midway through the second quarter the lady Nighthawks were shooting the bonus. But by the end of the second quarter, Hazen put up another 16 points en route to a 21-point first half lead.
Hazen opened the second half with the offensive tear they started in the second quarter. Between the end of the first half and beginning of the second the lady Bison extended a scoring run to eight points and put them in front 36-11.
Again, the lady Nighthawks just couldn’t get their shots to fall, they were held to four third-quarter points.
Hettinger/Scranton seemed to come alive in the final quarter, thanks in part to scoring efforts by Elli Kaitfors, Madison Warbis and Holt who combined for 15 fourth-quarter points.
Hazen was able to score 11 in the final quarter and finished the contest with a 52-30 victory, ending the lady Nighthawks’ 2014-2015 season.
Leading the scoring column for Hettinger/Scranton was Holt who had seven points, followed by Kludt who scored six.
McKinsey Jahner grabbed five rebounds to lead the lady Nighthawks on the boards.