When the Hawley Nuggets faced the Central Cass Squirrels on Saturday morning at the new Moorhead High School Gymnasium, fans were treated to a pair of school records and a game that featured over 200 points. The Squirrels prevailed with a 107-99 victory over the Nuggets, led by a school record 59 points from senior Cole Holzer. Hawley senior Brevin Stoa went two better than Holzer, scoring a school record 61 points in the loss.
“Apparently it’s difficult for teams to guard at 10:30am,” commented Hawley Head Coach Nate Stoa. “Those that paid got their money’s worth with two special offensive performances. Both Stoa and Holzer spend the entire morning getting to their spots and making plays.”
Eli Buhr hit six first half three’s to get Central Cass back into the game after an early run gave the Nuggets a lead. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle the rest of the way. Buhr finished with 23 points and Carter Vrchota was also in double digits for the Squirrels with 16.
“Will Baker (13 points) played his best game in maroon and gold,” noted Coach Stoa. “That gave us a boost when we really needed it. Playing without Jack Justesen was tough, as he provides us consistency, toughness, and a guy to space the floor. We have an odd off week coming up. Hopefully this provides an opportunity to fine tune some things and get kids fresh for the stretch run. We have a crew that will be dangerous in March, but we need to find consistency on both ends of the floor. I believe in our squad.”
Hawley (10-10, 5-5 HOL) will resume play on Tuesday, February 20 at home against Lake Park-Audubon.