Going into the game Heart River was in third place in Region 7, a half a game ahead of Hettinger-Scranton. When the game was over the two teams swapped positions in the standings. The Night Hawks pulled out a 54-44 win with a late fourth quarter surge.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
The Night Hawks improved their region standing to 5-2 and Heart River slipped to 5-3.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead but Hettinger/Scranton came back and took a five point lead after the first quarter and maintained a small lead until the third when the Cougars finished it with a 35-33 advantage.
They traded leads in the pivotal fourth quarter until the clock was down to a little over two minutes; a series of actions pulled the Night Hawks ahead to stay.
Hayden Sadowsky nailed a 3-pointer, Sam Kludt stripped a Cougar ball handler just past the half court line and scored an easy layup at the other end, and Isaiah Kludt had two steals and went 4-4 at the free throw line.
I. Kludt led Hettinger/Scranton in scoring with 20, followed by Sadowsky with 19. I had S. Kludt with six blocked shots. The player that kept Heart River in the game all night long was Cole Olson who seemed to continually come up with a timely shot or a rebound. He finished with 24 points including four 3-pointers and 11 rebounds.
The Night Hawk C team had an easier time as they downed the Cougars C team by a score of 55-41. Carson Schalesky and Jacob Dix did most of the damage for the Night Hawks. Schalesky had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Dix had 17 points and 7 rebounds.
The Night Hawk junior varsity had a rougher time as they were outscored 18-10 in the final stanza and lost 48-45. Turnovers and very few offensive rebounds hurt them in that final quarter.
Hettinger/Scranton was led by Jaxon Mellmer who tallied 12 and Schalesky added 10 along with a six blocks.