Before the Region 7 championship game I asked Head Coach Kelly Pierce on his thoughts going into the game.
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He responded; “This team really focuses on the things they can control: Effort and Attitude. They are a true team and they play so well together. As we go into the Region 7 Championship game, we are going to look at playing with energy on both ends of the floor. We know we are a team that can score the basketball, but the efficiency on the offensive end is a direct correlation to our defensive pressure. The girls are looking forward to the challenge of playing Trinity on their home floor. I am sure we will have a full house and should have a great atmosphere for the game.”
Effort and attitude were on full display as the Night Hawks battled the Trinity Titans in the Region 7 championship game. Defense was winning the night as the first quarter ended at six all and at half time they were knotted up at 14 apiece. The game featured eight ties and eight lead changes through the first three quarters. But late in the third quarter Night Hawk Alyssa Andress drove the base line and connected on a reverse layup that gave the Night Hawks a lead that they never surrendered.
With less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter the Night Hawks were up 39-30 when consecutive 3-pointers from Trinity’s Bre Tessier and Alexa Walby made it 39-36. Trinity would not score again while the Night Hawks added three free throws. The final two were by Abbie Kludt who after the first free throw the game was stopped for an announcement that she had scored her 1000th career point. At that point I was thinking, “Not now, wait until after the game”. I thought the interruption would ruin her concentration but she calmly made the second shot for the 42-36 win.
The battle between the two centers, Sam Oase and Abbey Kubas, drew a lot of attention. Night Hawk Oase ended up with 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Andress also had 12 points for the Night Hawks. Kludt added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Briana Sanford had 9. Kubas paced the Titans with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Tessier added 9 points. Trinity had 20 turnovers and the Night Hawks committed 18.
This is a first time for the Hettinger-Scranton co-op that the girls basketball team has made it to state. Hettinger went in 1977 and 1995. Hettinger-Scranton head coach Pierce commented, “We got a tough group of kids, I’m just so proud of them.”
DT: Abbey Kubas 12, Bre Tessier 9, Alexa Walby 6, Masy Kuntz 5, Amaya Willer 4.
HS: Samantha Oase 12, Alyssa Andress 12, Briana Sanford 9, Abbie Kludt 8, Quinn Mellmer 1.
3-pointers: DT 3 (Kuntz, Tessier, Walby), HS 1 (Sanford). Free throws: DT 1-4, HS 11-17. Total fouls: DT 17, HS 8. Rebounds: DT 35 (Kubas 8), HS (Kludt 11). Assists: DT 5 (Kubas 2, Tessier 2), HS 4 (Mellmer 2). Steals: DT 6 (Kara Wanner 2, Tessier 2), HS 11 (Oase 5). Blocks: DT 2 (Kuntz, Willer), HS 2 (Oase 2). Turnovers: DT 20, HS 18. Records: DT 16-8, HS 23-1.