By Steve Peterson
When an opposing player hits a buzzer-beater from half court to end the first half, this may not be your night.
Such was the case for West Sioux’s boys’ basketball team as Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn made a trey seemingly from Chatsworth, and went on to a 55-45 War Eagle Conference win Jan. 24.
The Falcons, coming off a 10-point win over Alcester-Hudson, dropped to 5-9 record on the year.
“I thought that we played hard,” said West Sioux Coach Jerome Hoegh. “It was tough having the forwards on the bench due to foul trouble in the first half because they were concentrating on the outside.”
“We made some mental errors but they’re getting fewer, and I’ll think we’ll be a tough team at the end of the season,” he said.
The Hawks, who led by just two points after eight minutes, increased it to 11 points in the second half, 45-34. The Falcons made a run to trim the lead to seven on a Justin Negaard hoop but that was as close as they got.
Sophomore Porter Hummel had another outstanding game with 23 points for West Sioux. Devan Miller chipped in with eight.
West Sioux is at Remsen-St. Mary’s Jan. 31.
The Falcons are at Canton, S.D. in non-conference play Feb. 3.
WS is at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Marcus Feb. 4; at Hinton Feb. 7 and at Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars Feb. 11.
The boys’ regular season finale is against Akron-Wesfield, in a junior varsity and varsity doubleheader Feb. 14.
All games are girls’ and boys’ doubleheaders with the girls’ game beginning at 6 p.m.