By Clint Andersen
The Hay Springs Hawks basketball teams traveled to Potter-Dix High School on Saturday to take on the Coyotes. Both Hawk teams fell to defeat, but are ready to move on to the Panhandle Conference tournament this week.
The Lady Hawks (4-6) faced off against a very good 7-2 Potter-Dix team. The Hawks gave the Coyotes all they could handle for three quarters, but the game slipped away in the fourth. The Hawks trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, but chipped away at the lead and trailed 18-16 at halftime. Whitney Heiting provided the bulk of the first half offense with 9 points in the half. The Hawks continued their strong play in the third quarter and closed the gap to just a one point game heading to the fourth, trailing 22-21. However, the full court pressure of the Coyotes finally began to take its toll and the Coyotes used a 15-8 run to close out the game. The final score was 37-29.
Kate Roberts scored 10 to lead the way for the Lady Hawks. Whitney Heiting was shut out in the second half and finished with 9. Emma Roberts scored 6, and Jen Scherbarth added 4 points.
In the boys’ game, the Hawks battled hard the whole way, but couldn’t quite match the Coyotes as they fell 53-43. The Hawks started strong behind outstanding perimeter shooting in the first quarter against the Coyote zone defense and headed to the second quarter tied at 12-12. The Coyotes switched to a man-to-man defense the rest of the way and made things difficult for the Hawks. After trailing 30-26 at halftime, the lead continued to grow with the Hawks trailing 42-34 at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks were outscored again in the fourth quarter as Potter-Dix pulled away for the 53-43 victory. The big difference in the game was the strong play in the paint for the Coyotes. Hay Springs was without 6’5” senior Seth Nowak for the game, but Garrett Weyers stepped up and led the Hawks’ scoring attack with 18 points. Eli Badge scored 11, Jordan Encinia 9, Drew Letcher 3, and Austin Reed added 2 points. The loss drops the Hawks’ record to 2-9 on the season, while the Coyotes improved to 4-7.
Both Hawk teams will be in action for the Panhandle Conference tournament this week. The Lady Hawks travel to Morrill for first round action on Monday, January 19, and the boys follow on Tuesday, again at Morrill.