Lady Night Hawks take third at Roughrider Tourney

It was a very successful week for Coach Pierce and his Night Hawk basketball team last week.  Posted December 26, 2012

It was a very successful week for Coach Pierce and his Night Hawk basketball team last week.  Hettinger/Scranton would finish with a 2-1 record at the Roughrider Tournament, good enough for 3rd place overall.  The Night Hawks would shake off a tough loss to Bowman County to defeat the Killdeer Cowgirls 36-33 to secure that 3rd place finish.  With a tough match up over Christmas against Lemmon, these two wins give the Night Hawks the confidence they need to compete at a very high level throughout the season. 

It was never an offensive shootout, but it would the defenses that seemed to dominate this game.  Killdeer would jump out to an early 10-7 lead after one period. 

Casey Joppa would be all of offense Coach Pierce would need on this night.  Her four 3-pointers would not only keep the Night Hawks in the game early, it would carry the offensive load on this night. 

Killdeer would extend its lead to 10 after two periods.  A 13-6 run in the second quarter would require a massive comeback by Coach Pierce’s squad.  The defense was playing lights out but the offense needed a spark in second half action.

The spark would definitely be Ms. Joppa.  She would finish with a team high 23 points overall.  The only double-digit scorer for Hettinger/Scranton on Friday would be Casey. 

Add in five points inside for Becca Oase would also be a factor in second half action.  With all the third quarter action, the Night Hawks would still trail 31-22 after three periods.

The fourth quarter would see the Night Hawks completely dominate both sides of the ball.  With Joppa hitting three’s and securing an impressive 6 steals, it would be the defense that sparked the comeback.  A mere two points would be scored by Killdeer thanks to the suffocating defense of the Night Hawks.  The 14-2 run would be very impressive and would allow Coach Pierce and his girls to escape with a thrilling 36-33 victory.

One needs to also mention the impressive rebound total of Cassie Holt as she help secure the boards all night.  Her 11 rebounds were a team high. 

Expect the Night Hawks to continue to work on free throws over the Christmas break, if there might be an Achilles heel for the Night Hawks it might be a second straight game of 20 percent free throws.  Still, the nice start for the Night Hawks gives hope of an exciting New Year of girl’s basketball.

Exciting Roughrider Semi-finals Goes to Bulldogs

In a very unique basketball game on Thursday, the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks would fall by two points 40-38 to the Bowman County Bulldogs. The game was unique as the Night Hawks would dominate quarter one and four, while the Bulldogs would dominate the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Hettinger/Scranton would have a last second shot to win the game but a three pointer was just off the mark. One mark that would to the demise of this game can be pointed to free throws. The Night Hawks would shoot 4-15 from the line a paltry 26.6%.

Quarter one domination was set up by the inside game of Becca Oase. She was able to use a variety of moves to get the Night Hawks off on the right foot. A 13-7 run in the first quarter would be a set up by a stifling defense. Kaitlin Reitz at the point would harass the Bulldogs back court all evening long.

The second quarter would be an offensive struggle for the Night Hawks. The defense would still play very well throughout. A nine point quarter for the Bulldogs was a testament tough defensive display put on by the Night Hawks. The offense would struggle mightily, however. The Hettinger/Scranton shooter would go ice cold scoring only two points in the quarter. Still, the halftime score would be knotted at 15 apiece.

The third quarter would be another big run put on by the Bulldogs. Led by Haley Sabe and Brittany Hansey, the Bulldogs would explode to a 20 point quarter. The Night Hawks would improve their offense with a 10 point quarter of their own. Kaitlyn Olson and Oase would again lead the way. Still, the Night Hawks needed to come up with a fourth quarter run to get back into the game.

That run would be fueled by tenacious defense and an offense that was quick and balanced. Oase would start off the quarter tough before a 5th foul would end her evening. Also fouling out of the contest would be Casey Joppa who contributed six points to the Night Hawk cause. Hettinger/Scranton’s comeback would be inhibited by several missed free throws in the quarter. Still the comeback was on. The Night Hawks found themselves down by two points late in the quarter. Coach Pierce would draw up a three point play to send the girls into the championship, but the shot would be just off the mark.

The contest would be a nice measuring stick for things to come in District 13 action. The Night Hawks will now face Killdeer in the 3rd place game of the Roughrider tourney on Friday evening.