Just days after a miracle finish kept the Mott-Regent girls basketball team in the Region 7 tournament, the Wildfire season came to an abrupt end.
By Brad Mosher
Top-seed Hettinger-Scranton handed the Wildfire a 60-38 loss Feb. 18 in the Knights of Columbus Activity Center in Dickinson.
Mott-Regent kept the game close early, finishing the first quarter just one point behind, 14-13.
The Night Hawks outscored the Wildfire by just three points in the second quarter, giving the top-seed only a narrow 25-21 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the Night Hawks used turnovers and fastbreaks to break the game open, out-scoring the Wildfire by a 16-8 margin in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter by a 16-9 score.
According to coach Adam Hill, the Wildfire was able to use a tough inside defense to stymie the Night Hawks early in the game.
Early on, the Mott-Regent squad was able to take a brief 17-14 lead.
But in the second half turnovers became a big problem as the Night Hawks pulled away 24 turnovers from the Wildfire players.
Madison Rafferty finished the game as the top scorer for the Wildfire, with Karagan Friedt added seven points.
Kiara Koepplin, Madison Meier and Bree Friedt each scored six points. Hailee Olson added two points.
Bree Friedt finished the game with three blocks as well as eight rebounds and three steals.
The Wildfire finished the season with a 13-10 record.
In regional play, Mott-Regent finished with a 5-6 mark.
Bailee Pierce and Sam Oase led the Night Hawks with 14 points, while Abbie Kludt added 13 points.