Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Cats fall to RHS Cards


LAUREL — The Hartington Wildcats defeated Emerson-Hubbard during first-round action of the SubDistrict Tournament Tuesday, but could not get by state-rated Randolph in the title game.
Hartington dominated the Cards in the regular season-finale, but Randolph turned the tables to earn the 43-23 win and advance to the District title game against Osmond.

Hartington and Emerson-Hubbard played evenly in the first frame, with the Cats earning the 14-12 first-quarter advantage. The Cats then clamped down on the defense in the second frame to outscore the Pirates 14-4 and stake themselves to a 28-16 lead at the break.
“Except for about a two-minute span there where we turned the ball over several times, we played pretty good ball in the first half,” Hartington Coach Scott Miller said.
The second half was a different story, though.
The Pirates outscored HPS 19-11 over the final 16 minutes.
The Wildcats were only able to hit 3-22 from the field in the second half and didn’t fare much better from the line, missing nine charity shots in the final frame alone.
“We just couldn’t hit anything. When you shoot like that, you’re  lucky to come away with a win,” Miller said.
Neil Kramer paced the Hartington offense with 17 points. Chad Miller hit for 10 for the Cats. Kramer also led the team on the boards with eight rebounds.
Hartington    14        14    3    8 —39
Emerson    12        4    8      11 —35

Hartington- Neil Kramer, 17; Chad Miller, 10; Adam Hochstein, 5; Ross Hegge, 4; Nathan McPhillips, 3. Emerson – Adam Dreiling, 10; Travis Emmons, 9; James Roberts, 5; Kyle Gutzman, 4; Pete Biscis, 3; Eric Hanson, 2; Andrew VanDelselggr, 2;
Hartington – Neil Kramer, 8; Nathan McPhillips, 6.

Randolph jumped out to a big early lead in Thursday’s SubDistrict title game and never looked back as they avenged a regular-season loss with the 20-point win.
Clinton Lackas led the charge for the Cards. He poured in 29 points to lead Randolph —three more points then the entire Hartington team was able to muster.
“Lackas was killing us. We tried everything, we couldn’t  stop him,” Coach Miller said.
The Cards came out firing, earning a 12-4 first-quarter advantage. Randolph a 23-11 lead into the locker room.
Randolph earned a 20-12 advantage in the second half to seal the win.
The loss ends Hartington’s season with a 13-8 record.
Hartington    4        7    5    7 —23
Randolph    12        11    8      12 —43

Hartington – Adam Hochstein, 5; Chad, Miller, 5; Neil Kramer, 4; Nick Miller, 3. Nathan McPhillips, 2; Randolph – Clint Lackas, 29; Grant  Anderson, 4; Nolan Nordhues, 4; Severin Bach, 4; Ian Fallon, 2.
Neil Hochstein, 6; Adam Hochstein, 4