The Charles A. Hughes Middle School boys basketball team pulled out a thrilling 39-37 overtime victory Monday evening on the road against rival Mack Lyon Middle School in Overton.
The girls, however, came up short as the Lady Hawks fell to the Lady Mustangs, 29-22.
The Hawks, who improved to 1-4 in Northwest Division II play and 2-5 overall, came storming out strong against the Mustangs and led 18-1 after one quarter of play.
The Mustangs steadily chipped away at the lead and eventually pulled ahead, 33-32, with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Matt Hughes sank a free throw for the Hawks with 25 seconds left to knot the score at 33-all and send the game into overtime.
Each side held the lead in the OT, but with the score tied late in the extra session, Tanner Thomas scored on a putback with 11 seconds remaining to give the Hawks the victory.
Stratton Waite led the Hawks in scoring with 16 points while Hughes added eight and Kurt Felix six. Isaiah Frieling scored four points with Neil Anderson getting three and Thomas two.
The win washed away the bitter taste of a 31-29 home loss to Molasky Middle School on Jan. 23.
The Hawks led 14-9 at halftime of that contest before the Magic came back to take the lead in the final seconds of play and hang on for the victory.
Waite and Hughes each had nine points and Felix seven to pace the Hawks. Thomas added two points while Jared Jensen and Anderson had one point each.
In the girls contest at Mack Lyon, turnovers were the main culprit as the Lady Hawks struggled for consistency.
After falling behind early, the Lady Hawks took their first lead, 18-17, on a three-ball by Reggi Frei with a little over three minutes remaining. The Lady Mustangs responded by scoring nine straight points to take a 26-18 advantage with 45 seconds remaining.
Brooklyn Montoya led the Lady Hawks with nine points while Riley Price had four and Frei three. Tyra Ludvigson, Destiny Moeai and Ana Tausinga each scored two points.
The loss drops the Lady Hawks to 3-2 in league play and 5-2 overall.
The game was a stark contrast to the Lady Hawks’ 40-14 win over visiting Molasky on Jan. 23.
Leading 16-9 at the halftime break, the Lady Hawks blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Lady Magic 15-3 to take a comfortable 31-12 margin into the final six minutes of play.
Price had 13 points and Evia Toone 11 to lead the Lady Hawks in scoring. Montoya added six points with Hali Jackson scoring four. Lilliana Cabrales, Audrey Fiso and Tausinga chipped in with two points apiece.
Hughes Middle School will host Beaver Dam Middle School Monday and Findlay Middle School Wednesday at the Hawks Nest. Game times on Monday are 3:30 for the girls and 4:45 p.m. for the boys. Wednesday the girls play at 4 p.m. followed by the boys at 5:15 p.m.