The Night Hawks went into half time with a 26-15 lead on the Dickinson Trinity girls as their pressure defense forced 19 turnovers.
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Trinity came back in the second half with their own pressure defense and got within two points with around three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Night Hawk’s Sam Oase went down with an injured knee in the third quarter which further hindered their game but they went on to win 49-42.
With Oase not returning to the game Trinity’s big girl Abbey Kubas scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half. Oase only had six points for the game, all in the first half. But the Night Hawks tallied some key shots to keep the Titans from getting any closer than two points. Alyssa Andress really stepped up in the second half and scored 12 of her game leading 26 points, six at the charity stripe. She was also named “Prime Time Player” for the game. Overall the Night Hawks went 14 for 22 at the free throw line.
Helping Andress in the scoring for the Night Hawks were Oase, Briana Sanford and freshman Bailee Pierce with six points each. Abbie added five, all at the free throw line, but I had her leading in rebounds with eight. It was 10th straight win for the Night Hawks and moved their Region 7 record to 3-0 and 11-1 overall. The Titans dropped to 2-1 in the region and 7-5 overall.
Next up for the Night Hawks was Hazen on Jan. 17 at Hazen and the Night Hawks were victorious with a 62-36 win. Scoring for the Night Hawks were Alyssa Andress 24, Abbie Kludt 16, Briana Sanford 10, Bailee Pierce 8 and Abbi Steeke 4. Hazen dropped their overall record to 1-11.
After downing Trinity on Jan. 15 another big contest was the Bowman Bulldogs on Jan. 21 at Scranton. Both came into the game undefeated in Region 7 play. Trailing 5-4 early the Night Hawks went on a 10-0 run and the first quarter ended with them leading 17-11.
The Bulldogs were doing a good job defending the Night Hawks leading scorer Alyssa Andress in the first half holding her to just two points. But she broke loose in the second half to score 15. The Night Hawks only had a six point lead after three quarters but put the game away with an early 9-0 run in the final stanza. Free throw shooting was a big factor in their 58-44 win going 20 for 27 at the free throw line.
The Night Hawks are now 5-0 in the region and Bowman dropped to 4-1. Leading the Night Hawks in scoring were Alyssa Andress 17, Abbie Kludt 15 and Sam Oase 12. Leading the Bulldogs were Jill Svihovec 13, Ellie Stafford 12 and Abby Smyle 11.