•Wildfire get Night Hawks in second round
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
After a hot start to regional play this season, the Wildfire found themselves one spot out of a first-round bye in the Region 7 tournament, and faced off against No. 12 seeded Beach. They came out with a 70-50 victory, and advanced to play the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks in the second round.
Mott-Regent took the game away right out of the first quarter. Their defense stifled the Buccaneers, holding them to only eight points.
But the Wildfire didn’t hesitate to pour on their offense either, scoring 22 first-quarter points.
Mott-Regent would match their first quarter score, and added another 22 to enter the half with 44.
Beach stepped up their efforts in the second, and put 15 points on the board in the second quarter, yet still faced a deficit of more than 20 points.
Mott-Regent won the scoring battle again in the third, out dueling the Buccaneers 16-11 to enter the fourth quarter ahead 60-34.
With a comfortable 26-point lead, the Wildfire took their foot the gas in the fourth quarter. Though they did put up a double-digit scoring performance, the Buccaneers did what they could to cut the lead and outscored Mott-Regent 17-10, the deficit was too much and the Bucs were eliminated from the tournament, ending their season with the loss.
Senior Brady Wegh was the leading scorer for Mott-Regent, putting up 21 points in four quarters of work. Wegh also went 5-6 from the free-throw line. Junior Tanner Zentner and sophomore Cody Perkins each followed Wegh with 14 points a piece.
The Bucs were led by Gunnar Farstveet with a game-high 23 points. Josiah Orluck was second for Beach with 11 points.
The Wildfire have only a small sample size of competition against the Night Hawks, as they faced off just once during the regular season. But it was lopsided loss for Mott-Regent, falling to Hettinger/Scranton 80-68 in Hettinger on Feb. 16.
The two will face each other again at Dickinson Trinity on Monday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m.
SCORING—MR: Wegh (21), Zentner (14), Perkins (14), Hunter Frist (12), Sean Hertz (9).
B: Farstveet (23), Orluck (11), Gage Swanson (9), Cole Erickson (6), Brandon Schulte (2).