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A rock of Stability: Reitz starts as Hettinger-Scranton point guard since sophomore year

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Hettinger-Scranton senior guard Kaitlin Reitz, back, shoots over a pair of Dickinson Trinity defenders during a Region 7 game on Feb. 1 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

For the past three seasons, senior Kaitlin Reitz has been Hettinger-Scranton’s starting point guard.

The 5-foot-4 guard was a little nervous stepping onto the floor as a sophomore, but those feelings quickly faded.

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“It has been awesome,” said Reitz, who is averaging 12.3 points, 4.2 steals and 4.1 assists. “It’s fun to get in there and work hard and know that you are part of something big.

“It was a little scary at first, but I had a lot of older girls who were very supportive.”

Hettinger-Scranton head coach Kelly Pierce said Reitz has been a stabilizing factor being the starting point guard for three years.

“The point guard is such an important spot on anybody’s team,” he said. “We don’t have to spend a lot time with press breaks, because we just get her the ball and have her make a play. It’s always nice to have that experience, but she’s also a very talented girl.”

The Night Hawks have a 10-11 record and are averaging 44.4 points per game, while allowing 49.6. Hettinger-Scranton is the No. 7 seed in the Region 7 Tournament, which begin with the play-in game. The Nights Hawks host Richardton-Taylor at 7 p.m. today.

Not only will this be a chance to continue the season, but it will also mark the final home game for the six Hettinger-Scranton seniors. The Night Hawks seniors are Reitz, Nicole Weaver, Kaycee Schwind, Cassie Holt, Brittany Green and Brooke Slater.

“I’m very proud with how we’ve been doing,” Reitz said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls to play with. It’s a lot of fun. This will be our last home game that we will ever play. We’ll come out hard, fighting and be ready to go.”

Though Reitz is averaging double-digit points per game, Pierce said one of the best attributes the senior guard brings to the team is dispersing the ball to other players on the team.

And don’t count out Reitz’ stature. She might only be 5-4, but she can drive the lane manufacture offense.

“She’s a very quick player,” Pierce said. “She has nice jumping and leaping ability. She’s in the weight room all time. She lifts all year round. She’s pretty strong for her size. She uses that ability to get into the lane, to score and finish for us. We need that, because she needs to be a playmaker for us in order to get her teammates shots as well. That’s when she’s at her best is when she can get into the lane and create for herself and other players.”

Though the ultimate goal is to get to the North Dakota Class B state girls basketball tournament, which begins March 20 at the FargoDome, Reitz said the team is focusing on one step at a time.

The step-by-step process begins with each possession and slowly grows into a complete game.

“We have to go play-by-play,” she said. “Every play is a big deal.”