Potter County (SD) tops Clippers to stay unbeaten
Potter County (SD) outscored Strasburg-Zeeland, 42-21, in the middle quarters on the way to a 69-55 victory over the Clippers in Strasburg on Feb. 2. Potter County remained unbeaten (13-0) on the season, while Strasburg-Zeeland fell to 15-2, with both losses coming in a five day span.
Strasburg-Zeeland led for most of the opening period, including a 16-14 lead at the end of the frame, but Potter County turned up the heat over the next two quarters and built what turned out to be an insurmountable cushion. Potter County opened the second quarter with a 13-4 run to take the lead for good, and Kole Hawkinson’s three-pointer gave the Battlers a 27-20 advantage with 3:30 left in the first half.
After Kyle Nieuwsma put in abasketforStrasburg-Zeeland, Mitch Hinckley put back an offensive rebound, and Hawkinson followed with a pair of free throws to give Potter County its biggest lead (31-22) of the half with under 2:00 left in the period. Strasburg-Zeeland closed to within 5 points in the final minute, and Chayce Hall’s basket gave Potter County a 35-28 advantage at the break.
Potter County shot just 39 percent (14 of 36) from the floor, and hit 5 of 8 free throws in the first half, but the Battlers turned the ball over just 4 times and collected 9 offensive rebounds in the half. Strasburg-Zeeland hit on 11 of 25 (44%) field goals, 3 of 4 free throws, and committed a dozen turnovers in the first half. Hawkinson (11), Hall (9) and Tanner Heuer (7) combined for 27 points for Potter County, while Mason Kramer paced Strasburg-Zeeland’s first-half attack with 10 points.
Kramer’s basket to start the second half cut the margin to 35-30, but Potter County answered with an 11-2 run over the next 5:00, and back-to-back three-pointers by Hawkinson and Hall extended the lead to 46-32 with 2:25 left in the third period. Strasburg-Zeeland could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the period, and Potter County used three Clipper turnovers to post 7 unanswered points over the final :35 of the frame to open up a 56-37 cushion with one quarter left.
Strasburg-Zeeland tried to string together a rally at the start of the fourth quarter, and the Clippers opened the period on a 9-3 run, capped by Cole Nieuwsma’s free throw to cut the lead to 59-46 with 5:52 left. However, the Clippers could draw no closer than that until Kyle Nieuwsma converted a three-point play to cut the margin to 65-53 with just 1:10 left. The Clippers, however, would hit just one field goal the rest of the way, and Potter County’s lead was never threatened.
The teams were fairly close as far as shooting percentage for the game, but Potter County attempted five more field goals and 18 more free throws than the Clippers. The Battlers hit on 24 of 55 (44%) field goals and 16 of 31 (52%) free throws, while Strasburg-Zeeland connected on 22 of 50 (44%) field goals and 7 of 13 (54%) free throws. The Clippers held a 38-34 advantage in total rebounds, but Potter County held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass, and the Battlers committed just a dozen turnovers, compared to 25 miscues committed by Strasburg-Zeeland.
Hawkinson finished with a game-high 22 points, while Hall (17) and Heuer (10) also scored in double figures for Potter County. Mason Kramer (5 rebounds, 3 assists) and Kyle Nieuwsma led Strasburg-Zeeland with 13 points apiece, while Nic Kramer scored 10 points, dished out 3 assists, and collected a career-high 16 rebounds, including 7 offensive boards. Cole Nieuwsma (5 rebounds) and Brody Nieuwsma (5 rebounds, 3 assists) chipped in 6 points apiece for the Clippers.
Potter County: Kole Hawkinson 22, Chayce Hall 17, Tanner Heuer 10, Eric Worth 7, Mitch Hinckley 4, Chase Sievers 4, Tate Nafziger 3, David Vander Vorst 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Mason Kramer 13, Kyle Nieuwsma 13, Nic Kramer 10, Cole Nieuwsma 6, Brody Nieuwsma 6, Jon Stabler 4, Scotti Scherr 3.
3-Pointers: Potter County (5-15): Hawkinson 2, Worth 1, Hall 1, Heuer 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (4-18): M. Kramer 2, B. Nieuwsma 1, Scherr 1. Fouled Out: None.