Big fourth quarter lifts Heart RiverHeart River struggled to turn turnovers into points for the first three quarters of its game against Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday. That changed in the fourth quarter.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Dickinson Press
Heart River struggled to turn turnovers into points for the first three quarters of its game against Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday.
That changed in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars had 24 points going into the fourth quarter when they exploded for 19, rallying past Glen Ullin-Hebron 43-38 in a Roughrider Tournament quarterfinal contest at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We talked about bringing up our intensity (at halftime),” said Heart River coach Greg Pruitt, who got his first coaching victory. “We know we can get after people.”
Trailing 29-24 going into the fourth quarter, Heart River turned pressure defense into a 12-1 run, holding the Bearcats without a field goal until Jalen Schaaf hit a jumper to draw his team within three with 3 minutes, 38 seconds to go.
“That’s our bread and butter,” Pruitt said of his team’s defense. “We’re not a great offensive team. I’m very proud of the kids.”
Schaaf, who had a team-high 10 points, came back with two free throws to get within one (36-35). However, the Cougars answered with a 7-0 run to close it out, helped out by some clutch free throws.
Pruitt said the team’s still adjusting to playing at the varsity level.
“We have a new team, a new coach,” Pruitt said. “There’s a lot of pressure on these guys. It’ll come.”
Heart River was led by senior Channing Wagner, who had eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.
“Channing had a great game,” Pruitt said. “For us, once we’ve had time to jell, we’ll be fine.”
It was jelling early on as the Cougars watched Glen Ullin-Hebron take control of the game in the first half. The Bearcats led for the entire first half, taking a 17-12 lead into halftime.
“We wanted to play a little smarter,” Bearcats coach Mike Schirado said. “We wanted to clean things up in the second half … we didn’t get to that level.”
Heart River finished with a 19-7 advantage on points off turnovers.
“They put some good ball pressure on and we panicked,” Schirado said. “We didn’t handle it the way we needed to.”
GUH 6 17 29 38
HR 6 12 24 43
GUH: Jalen Schaaf 10, Tanner Voegele 8, Cameron Morman 7, Cole Schlatter 5, Greg Wanner 5, Justin Wehri 3.
HR: Channing Wagner 10, Jared Schoch 7, Eric Taylor 5, Jordan Strecker 5, Zach Krovurshcka 5, Sean Johnson 5, Jarek Haverluk 2, Dylan Northrop 2, Luke Lindley 2.
3-pointers: None. Total fouls: GU-H 27, HR 16. Fouled out: GUH, Dylan Rebel, Morman. Rebounds: GUH 36 (Wehri 6, Morman 6), HR 28 (Schoch 5, Wagner 5). Assists: GUH 2 (Rebel, Morman), HR 5 (Wagner 2, Schoch 2). Blocks: GUH 0, HR 2 (Johnson, Taylor). Steals: GUH 5 (five with 1), HR 7 (Strecker 3). Turnovers: GUH 18, HR 11.