Heart River and Hettinger-Scranton squared off in Scranton on Feb. 1 with one goal of winning and getting out of the cellar. They are joined by Mandaree and Richardton-Taylor with only one Region 7 win.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
Results were not looking good initially for the Lady Night Hawks as they turned the ball over 11 times, shot poorly and were down 12-2 after the first stop. Heart River wasn’t doing much better in the turnover department as they had eight, but they were shooting better. In the second quarter the turnovers were less for both teams but the Lady Cougars added one point to their lead and went into the locker room with an 18-7 advantage.
The Night Hawks came out in the second half with an up tempo surge, especially on the defensive end. They outscored Heart River 29 to 11 and forced the Lady Cougars into 16 turnovers for the half.
It was a team effort but Molly Holt, Abbie Kludt and Taylor Burwick led the charge. They had the crowd up and cheering loudly on every shot they made that brought them closer, and eventually pull ahead.
There is no doubt the crowd energized the girls in the second half as they pulled off a 36-29 win. If you missed this game you missed a good one. It may not have been pretty at times but it was exciting.
Holt paced the Night Hawks with 11 counters, Burwick had 10 and Kludt added 7 along with a team leading 7 rebounds and 9 steals.
The junior varsity was a close game with Heart River holding the lead most of the game but with the Night Hawks staying within striking range. Heart River ended up with a 34-30 victory.
Ellie Kaitfors had eight points and Brianna Sanford six for the Night Hawks and Justice Anderson led in rebounds.