By Lisa Hughes
The Hawks boys basketball team finished out their regular season with a pair of losses despite a valiant effort in both contests. Tuesday night, the Hawks fell to the Rams of Crawford 43-32 and lost their final home campaign on Friday night to the Garden County Eagles 38-28.
The Crawford Rams got out to an early lead 13-6 on the Hawks but the Hawks outscored the Rams 8-5 in the second period to trail by just four 18-14 at the half.
The third quarter was identical to the first with the Rams outscoring the Hawks 13-6 to build an eleven point lead with eight minutes left in the game. Each team scored twelve points in the fourth quarter as the Rams secured the victory.
Jordan Encinia and Matt Hessler each scored 8 points to lead the Hawks. Hessler also grabbed 8 rebounds.
HS 6 8 6 12 ----32
CR 13 5 13 12---43
Box Score: Jordan Encinia 8, Matt Hessler 8, Dylan Parker 7, Regg Strotheide 4, Nate Letcher 3, Seth Nowak 2.
Friday night, the Hawks hosted the Garden County Eagles for their final home game of the season. The Hawks trailed by just four points at the end of the first quarter, 15-11, but stumbled a little in the second quarter to allow the Eagles to build a 24-15 lead at the half.
The teams played pretty even in the second half, and the Hawks were within six points late in the fourth quarter, but struggled from the freethrow line, missing the front ends of two one and ones.
The Hawks will now prepare for sub-district play, which will start the week of February 18, at Mitchell High School. Hawks Coach Derek Ginn said “we are looking forward to having a rematch with Sioux County. They are a really athletic team that will provide a great challenge.”
The Hawks were led by Regg Strotheide who finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jordan Encinia added 9 points and 4 steals, and Seth Nowak finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds. The Eagles were led by Layne McCarthy and Jesse Bleidt who finished with 8 points each.
HS 11 4 6 7 ----28
GC 15 9 8 6 ----38
Box Score: Regg Strotheide 11, Jordan Encinia 9, Seth Nowak 8.