In a very thrilling basketball game on Thursday, the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks evened their record at .500.
Posted Jan. 18, 2013
In a very thrilling basketball game on Thursday, the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks evened their record at .500. Getting to that 4-4 record was not be without a major fight from the Bowman County Bulldogs. There was no lead greater than five for either side throughout the game. After the smoke cleared, it was the Night Hawks that secured the 43-42 win and exact a little revenge for an early loss this season.
Coach Pierce and his Night Hawks had to overcome the loss of Becca Oase to an apparent concussion. Before bowing out with the injury Oase would chip in nine very important points. The head injury may have a lasting effect for as Oase may be out of action for a period of time. Several Night Hawks stepped up to help replace the loss of the big girl in the middle.
Casey Joppa contributed with a double – double on the evening. Her 16 points and 11 rebounds were both team highs.
Kaitlyn Olson would also have a big game as she hit one three pointer on her way to 10 points overall. Also hitting big three pointers were be Kaitlin Reitz and McKenzie Jahner. And all points would be critical on this night.
Defensively the Night Hawks were led by a total team effort. Joppa was a big asset with five steals before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
The defensive effort would lead to 18 turnovers by the Bulldogs. That was definitely one of the keys to victory. The Night Hawks still have to work on their free throw shooting. A performance of 18 percent from behind the line is still an area of concern.
Coach Pierce’s squad will now prepare for McIntosh on Saturday before hosting District 13 favorite Beach in Scranton on Monday. The Buccaneers will be a test to see where the Night Hawks fit into the District 13 playoff picture.