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Hettinger-Scranton returns solid experienced, group

Press File Photo Hettinger-Scranton senior guard Kaitlin Reitz, right, looks for a teammate while driving against a pair of Heart River defenders during last year’s District 13 Tournament on March 1 in Bowman.

Despite losing five seniors, the Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team are pressing on and return some players who could definitely make an impact.

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There was no doubt last season Kaitlyn Olson was invaluable to their team in the sense that she was a 3-point shooting machine. With Olson playing for Bismarck State College, this season gives some key returners the chance to step up and lead the Night Hawks. Seniors Kaitlin Reitz and Cassie Holt and junior Casey Joppa return to the court, after strong performances last season.

Joppa, a 5-foot-8 forward, was an all-District 13 player who averaged 11.3 points per game which was good for No. 11 in Region 7. Reitz, a 5-4 guard, rounded out last year’s top 20 and averaged 8.7 points per game.

This season’s team brings back a lot of experience and a strong core of juniors and seniors. Hettinger-Scranton has six seniors (Reitz, Holt, Nicole Weaver, Kaycee Schwind, Brittany Green, Brooke Slater) and five juniors (Joppa, Cassie Andress, Katie Wolff, McKinsey Jahner, Ashley Miller)

Last season Hettinger-Scranton finished middle of the pack with an 8-9 record, 2-3 in the district, and made the Region 7 Tournament. The Night Hawks lost in the first round to Dickinson Trinity 46-24, only shot 1 of 23 from the field and Joppa was held to just six points on the night.

Hettinger-Scranton averaged 44.3 points per game, however gave up 49.4. They finished eighth in the region for scoring offense and defense averaging 43.8 and 49.4 respectively.

The Night Hawks’ first game of the season is away at Faith on Dec. 13 at 4:45 p.m.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.