HOT SPRINGS - Last Tuesday the Oelrichs’ girls’ and boys’ basketball teams traveled to Hay Springs, Nebraska, where both groups secured their second wins of the season.
Starting the night out were the Hawk and Tiger ladies, who battled throughout a penalty-filled first half that ended knotted up at 21 points apiece.
The mostly even affair would cease to be in the third period when the Tigers began to take control of the game, holding the Hawks to just seven points from two field-goals and three successful free-throws, while scoring 14 points of their own.
The Tiger girls, who played as well offensively as they did defensively, would perform just as well to close out the game in the fourth, scoring 15 points to their opponents six.
Oelrich’s Natasha Swiftwater had a fantastic game scoring 18 points from four two-point field goals, two treys, and four of six at the line. Ariana Titus also had a good game, sinking six two-point field goals, and scoring 14 total points.
The Tiger boys followed the girls, but were just as impressive in their win, jumping out to a big lead early and cruising to a 61-20 victory on the back of some fantastic shooting in the first quarter.
Though the girls’ game in Hay Springs was their last prior to the Christmas break, the boys’ played again in Wakpala on Friday, however results were not available at time of publication.
Both teams will resume their seasons post-2017 on Jan. 4 in games against Sioux County, Nebraska.