Lady Hawks win 2, lose 1

The Night Hawk girls had two big victories sandwiched in a disappointing loss in their last three games.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

The Night Hawk girls had two big victories sandwiched in a disappointing loss in their last three games.

They took on Hazen on Jan. 19 in an important Region 7 game.  This was a pivotal game as Hazen came into the game with a 6-1 region record.  Abbie Kludt had a monster game in the Night Hawks 57-43 win. She had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Alyssa Andress added 16 points for the Night Hawks.

Next up was Mott-Regent on Jan. 21 at Mott.  The Night Hawks at one point in the second quarter had a 10-2 lead but both teams were having problems on the offensive end.  The first half ended with the Night Hawks leading 13-11.  The second half was a different story, as the Wildfire outscored the Night Hawks 38-12 in the second half to record a 49-25 victory.

Two old rivals faced off on Jan. 23 in Scranton on another important Region 7 game.  The Bowman Bulldogs came in undefeated at 5-0 in region play.

The Night Hawks jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead highlighted by 3-pointers from Tayler Burwick and Abbie Kludt.  But the Bulldogs ran off the next 12 points and led after the first quarter 15-10.  They maintained a small lead until late in the fourth quarter with a strong inside game from Ellie Stafford and Meggie Fischer, and two pesky guards in Mikayla Bartholomay and Maury Burke.  But in the fourth quarter the Night Hawks slowly reduced the lead to two with only five seconds remaining.  Kludt rebounded a missed Bulldog free throw and went the length of the court for a tying lay up as the buzzer sounded.

The overtime was close as the Night Hawks jumped out with a five point lead but had to fight off a Bulldog comeback and pulled out a 53-51 win.  The Bulldogs had a chance to tie or win the game with seven seconds left but could not get a good shot off.  The Night Hawks won the 3-point battle as they connected on eight while the Bulldogs managed two.  Burwick and Brianna Robinson each had a couple of key 3-pointers in the second half and the overtime period.

Kludt had another overall good game, but she really stepped up in the second half.  I had her leading in scoring with 18 points and 12 rebounds.  Twelve of those points and ten of the rebounds came in the second half.  Robinson added 14 points.  Leading the Bulldogs were Fischer with 19 and Bartholomay with 12 and nine rebounds.  But the Bulldogs defense won the turnover battle as they caused 21 Night Hawks miscues and the Bulldogs only had ten.

The Night Hawk junior varsity had a little easier game as they downed the Bulldog JV 45-32 behind 18 points from Abbie Steeke.  Jillian Svihovec led the Bulldogs with 12 points on four 3-pointers.  The Night Hawk JV also defeated Hazen, 53-36, and Mott-Regent, 33-24.