Junior high teams get a win, and a loss against their foes to the north, New England.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
I took in my first Night Hawk junior high basketball games vs New England on November 16. Both seventh and eighth grade girls and boys games were on the schedule. As it turned out, due to lack of players there was only a seventh grade girl’s game and an eighth grade boy’s game.
The seventh grade girls played the first game and it was a back and forth battle that went into overtime. The Night Hawks led after the first stanza 4-2 but New England held a 10-9 advantage at half time. The Night Hawks took the lead back at the end of the third quarter by a score of 17-16. It looked like they were going to pull out the victory as they held a two-point lead with under 25 seconds left. The Tigers had the ball and threw up a shot that missed but Keziah Erickson pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back in to tie the game. The Night Hawks had one last shot but missed and sent the game into overtime at 20 all. The Night Hawks controlled the overtime period and outscored the Tigers 8-2 to take a 28-22 win.
Bailey Pierce was the driving force for the Night Hawks with 19 points, seven rebounds and numerous steals. Grace Dinius paced the Tigers with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The boy’s game was completely different as it pitted the Night Hawk eighth graders supplemented by numerous seventh graders and it was no contest. New England held an 11-5 lead after the first quarter and Jeran Anderson had all five points for the Night Hawks. That would be all the points the Night Hawks would score until midway in the fourth quarter when Bradee Clapper scored. He also connected on a 3-pointer later in the quarter. Final score had the Tigers winning 49-14.
Leading the Tigers in scoring were Aidan Rebel with 13, Nathan Coffman had 12 and Ace Fisher added 10.
Coaching for the Night Hawk girls is Devon Mack and Blake Honeyman is the boys coach. New England’s girls coaches are Devon Koch and Jess Eisenbarth and Kaine Hanson and Brady Bender are in charge of the boys teams.