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Three Forks takes down top ranked Huntley Project, moving on to finals


Melissa Jenkins

The Wolves celebrate after defeating Huntley Project.

The Three Forks High School boys basketball team will be playing Saturday night for a Southern B Divisional Title. For the second straight day, the Wolves came out of the gates strong and defeated top-ranked Huntley Project 45-37 in a semifinal matchup at the MetraPark Arena. The Wolves will be seeking their second Divisional title in three years Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Lodge Grass and Manhattan. The win avenged a season opening 54-38 loss to Huntley Project.

Following the game, Head Coach Terry Hauser said it was amazing to hold them to 37 points.

He also lauded the way his team followed the game plan.

"They executed as well as any team I've coached. Every single kid did their job," he said.

Along with the attention to detail, Hauser discussed how his team is a family.

"I always talk about family and this group is the epitome of that. Every kid cares about each other," he said.

Three Forks took an early 5-0 lead after a three from Micaiah Hauser and a layup from Owen Long. After taking a 10-5 lead, the Red Devils scored the next three points before an Austin Allen bucket with under a minute left put the Wolves up 12-8. Three Forks had five players score in the quarter with Dustin Dalke, and Zach Pitcher also scoring.

The Wolves were fierce to start the second and took a 20-11 lead after consecutive three-pointers from Hauser and Long. Three Forks would take 22-14 lead into the half after Huntley Project scored with time running out.

The Red Devils battled back in the third chipping the lead to 24-21 before Hauser answered with another long three to make it a 27-21 game. Long would hit a three on the next Three Forks possession to increase the lead to 30-21. After a Red Devil basket, Hauser hit an incredible shot driving to the basket to put Three Forks up 32-23. Huntley Project would score the final points of the quarter and trailed 32-25 going into the fourth.

The Wolves would go up eight on a basketball from Hauser and increased the lead to 38-28 with two free throws from Pitcher at the 5:21 mark. Hauser would find Dalke whose bucket to put Three Forks up 40-28. Huntley would cut the lead 40-33 with three minutes left before a Hauser free throw stopped the run and gave the Wolves a 41-33 lead. The Red Devils battle right back pulled within 41-37 with 2:15 left in regulation.

Hauser drained two free throws to put Three Forks 43-37 with under two minutes left. Neither team would score for over a minute before Long put Three Forks up 44-37 win under 30 seconds left.

Hauser led the Wolves with a game-high 21 points. Long added nine, Dalke had eight, Pitcher had four and Allen added three.


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