The Nighthawk girls opened their Region 7 schedule with an important 60-45 win over the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats on Jan. 4.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For the Record
They took a first quarter lead of 19-11 and added to that lead during the remainder of the game. At one point in the second half they were ahead by 23 points. Team defense was a big factor in the victory. The Bearcats are favored to win Region 7 after earning a spot in the Class B state tourney last season and returning their top six players. They were also rated number six in the Class B Preseason Power Poll.
Molly Holt was the catalyst for the Nighthawk win with three treys and a game leading 19 points. Samantha Oase added 16 and Abbie Kludt ten. Oase also added 11 rebounds.
Senior Kennedy Zuroff led the Bearcats with 17. She was all Region 7 and Class B honorable mention last season.
It was a different story on Jan. 8 as Killdeer broke open the game in the second quarter and downed the Nighthawks 54-37. The Nighthawks led at the end of first quarter 10-6 and at one point in the second quarter they went up by nine. But a 14-0 run by Killdeer put them up 25-19 at half and they continued to outplay the Nighthawks the rest of the game. Poor shooting by the Nighthawks was a factor but too much rebounding and scoring by Killdeer’s Trae Murray was too much to overcome.
Murray led Killdeer with 19 while Molly Holt and Samantha Oase paced the Nighthawks with 12 each. Killdeer is a senior dominated team with seven and will be a heavy favorite to win the region.