Receiving the first bye in the District 13 Tournament has been the ‘Kiss of Death’ for the Mott-Regent Wildfire for the past two years.
Posted Feb. 22, 2013
They were defeated in the Semi-Finals both years. This year was different when they faced cross-county rival, the New England Tigers.
The two teams met for the first time this season at the Roughrider Tournament and the Wildfire won 67-52. During the season when the Tigers hosted the Wildfire in a district contest in early January, the Tigers defeated the Wildfire 51-42. After that loss, the Wildfire had a string of seven straight victories until the Trinity Titans snapped the string.
The Wildfire faced the Tigers from New England in the Semi-Finals of the District 13 Tournament.
The Wildfire began the evening scoring the way that they have scored many points this season when Taylor Zentner stole the ball, sped half-court and laid it in for two. Levi Hollinger found Lane Herberholz alone near the basket, had an amazing pass to him and the score was tied at two each. Tyler Zentner knocked down a pair from the line and Hollinger answered those two with a ten foot jumper and then scored on two more buckets from the field and Jonah Honeyman tied the score at eight on a field goal. The Wildfire then went on a 7-1 run to finish off the first quarter, Tyler had a bucket and a free throw, Honeyman stole the ball and found Tyler for two more and, a few clock ticks later, got his own bucket. Hollinger went one for two from the line. Wildfire led 15-9.
The second quarter saw back and forth scoring, turnovers and the continuation of many, many fouls. Hollinger nailed a trey to begin the quarter, Logan Haberstroh knocked down a field goal and Brett Messmer a free throw. Daniel Prince scored three from way out and Haberstroh a pair from the line. Halftime score 30-22 Wildfire.
Mott-Regent continued to add to their lead in the third quarter even though their was only three total points scored in the first two minutes of play. Tyler had a field goal and Hollinger had a free throw. Hollinger ‘hit the deck’ hard on a missed three-point attempt and sank two of three from the Charity Stripe. Taylor however, nailed a trey, Hollinger another one from the line, Tyler for a bucket and a successful trey for Hollinger. Midway through the third, Wildfire led 37-29. Mott-Regent finished the third on an 8-3 run and led 45-32. The Wildfire outscored the Tiger in the final stanza 17-13 and the victory sent them into the Title game against the Heart River Cougars.