Hettinger-Scranton handed the host Killdeer Cowboys a two-set (25-20, 25-17) defeat Saturday in the semifinals, but that was the warmup.
Unfortunately for the Night Hawks, even jumping out to a 25-19 win in the title match wasn’t enough to keep the Heart River Cougars from roaring back to take the tournament title – thanks to 26-24 and 15-13 wins.
In earlier pool play, Hettinger-Scranton had handed the Cougars two straight losses (21-17 and 21-12) and had built up an undefeated record.
But the two losses meant the Night Hawks would only finish second in the tournament.
For the Mott-Regent Wildfire, it was a rough tournament.
The team lost its first contest – to Hettinger-Scranton – by 21-12 and 21-8 scores.
The Wildfire next battled the eventual tournament winner, Heart River, and picked up two more losses (21-5 and 21-7).
Underwood made it three straight losses for Mott-Regent in pool play with 21-16 and 21-13 victories.