HARTINGTON — The Hartingon Wildcats split a pair of ball games this week. On Tuesday Hartington battled back from an early deficit to rally late in the game and earn a 41-39 win over the Plainview Pirates. Then on Thursday the Wildcats would let one slip away against the Winside Wildcats and have their season record drop to 5-9 with a 43-34 loss.
On Tuesday in Hartington the Wildcats hosted the Pirates in non-conference action. The Wildcats trailed 26-15 at the half only to rally in the second half to earn the hard-fought win over the Plainview Pirates.
“The boys fought hard the entire game, put together a fourth-quarter rally and came away with a well earned win,” said Hartington coach Nick Haselhorst.
The Hartington offense featured a very balanced attack led by Nick Miller with nine points and followed by Eric Derickson with seven points and Adam Hochstein and Derek Jueden with six points each.
Plainview was paced by Dalton Hitz with 14 points and Sam Meuret who hit three treys on his way to and 11 point output.
The Pirates would take the early lead when Sam Meuret hit a trio of three pointers in the first quarter to lead his team to a 15-7 lead. Hartington was led by five points from Nick Miller.
Derek Jueden would hit a trey for Hartington to open the second quarter but Plainview got all nine of their points from the freethrow line in the period and increased their lead to 24-15 at the half.
In the third quarter Ross Hegge connected for four points and Derek Jueden hit his second trey of the night as Hartington rallied and went on a 13-10 run to cut the deficit to 28-24.
Dalton Hitz connected for a pair of fieldgoals for Plaineview in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats defense stiffened and Adam Hochstein came to life with a trio of baskets in close and Eric Derickson connected for five points as the Wildcats completed the comeback.
Plainview 15 9 10 5— 39
Hartington 7 8 13 13 — 41
FG 17 11
3PT 3 3
FT 4 x 9 14-25
Hartington- Nick Miller 9, Eric Derickson 7, Adam Hochstein 6, Derek Jueden 6, Ross Hegge 4, Kolby Jueden 3, Josh Nelson 2, Reece Pedersen 2. Plainview- Dalton Hitz 14, Sam Meuret 11, Matt Watson 8, Cody Elwood 5, Mitchell Klorz 1.
Despite shooting poorly in the first and fourth quarters the Purple Cats had opportunities, but came up short Thursday against Winside. The Red Cats hit their free throws down the stretch and HPS just didn’t get to the line enough to keep up as Winside took a 43-34 win.
Hartingon was led by Adam Hochstein with eight points and Derek Jueden with seven points. Winside got double figures from Garrett Watters with 12 and and Blain Meyer with 10 points.
“We played pretty good defense in this one but couldn’t get our perimeter shots to fall against their zone. This was a tough loss as I think we feel we had some chances for a different outcome,” said Hartington coach Nick.Haselhorst. Winside’s Blaine Meyer got his team off to a fast start with a quick 7 points and Garrett Watters dropped in a pair of field goals as the Red Cats roared to an early 13-5 lead.
Hartington would rally in the second quarter and go on a 13-4 run of their own. Balanced scoring and 4 points from Adam Hochstein and a Nick Miller three pointer fueled the rally. Hartington held a slim 18-17 hafltime advantage.
The two teams traded leads in the third quarter. Winside got four points from Tanner Woslager and a trey by Tyler Jaeger. Hartington depended on long range shooting. Nick Miller, Ross Hegge and Derek Jueden all drained threes as each side scored 14 points and Hartington clung to the slim 32-31 lead.
Hartington would pick a bad time to go cold from the field late in the fourth quarter and when the Cats decided to send them to the line they connected on enough free throws to seal the win by a final of 43-34.
Winside 13 4 14 12—43
Hartington 5 13 14 2—34
FG 13 14
3PT 4 1
FT 4-7 13-21
Hartington- Adam Hochstein, 8; Derek Jueden, 7; Nick Miller, 6; Ross Hegge, 3; Kolby Jueden, 3; Reece Pedersen, 2; Eric Derickson, 2; Riley Haug, 2; Josh Nelson, 1. Winside- Garrett Watters, 12; Blaine Meyer, 10; Alec Sindelar, 8; Tanner Woslager, 4; Ricky Wright, 4; Tyler Jaeger, 3; Jesse Boschuit, 2.
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