Region 7 Girls Basketball Tourney

Sheldon Christenson
For the Record

Normally the Night Hawks start out strong and enjoy a good lead after the first quarter, but not this time.  Mott-Regent stayed with the Night Hawks in the first quarter and only trailed 14-13 after the first stop.  They quickly jumped ahead at the start of the second quarter by scoring the first four points.  The Night Hawks were also having more turnovers than usual.  Bailey Pierce entered the game and drained three 3-pointers to give her team the lead which they maintained and built on the rest of the game.  Abbie Kludt picked up her third foul three minutes into the second quarter and didn’t come back in the game until the second half.  

Night Hawk Quinn Mellmer got a steal which led to a Kludt layup which started an 8-0 run start the third quarter.  The Night Hawks went on to outscore the Wildfire 32-17 in the second half to take a 60-38 win.  Night Hawk pressure created 24 Wildfire turnovers.  The Wildfire did a good job defensively on high scoring Alyssa Andress holding her to six points for the game. 

Leading scorers for the Night Hawks were Pierce 14, Sam Oase 14 and Kludt added 13 and 12 rebounds.  Freshman Madison Rafferty tallied 11 for the Wildfire. 

Other second round scores were New England over Glen Ullin/Hebron 49-26, Bowman downing Beulah 49-40 and Trinity getting by Heart River 48-43.  

The Night Hawks girls faced New England in the semi finals of the Region 7 tourney on Feb 19 and the start of the game may have been an omen on how the game would go.  Sam Oase controlled the opening tip off to her teammate and a quick pass or two the ball was in Quinn Mellmer’s hand and she drained a 3-pointer.  Night Hawk defense controlled the game as they led at the first quarter stop 20-5 and at half time 35-11.  New England’s offense could not get on tracked.  Leading the Night Hawks in their 63-33 win were Briana Sanford with 13, Alyssa Andress 12 and Oase with 10. 


Next up for the Night Hawks will be Trinity on 21 Feb who got by Bowman 35-33 with the winner going to state.