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Rotan Yellowhammers fall in first round of play-offs to Benjamin Mustangs

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February 19, the Rotan Yellowhammers entered their Bi-District playoff game against the Benjamin Mustangs at Haskell Gymnasium. Two minutes and eight seconds into the game, the Hammers jumped out to a 4-0 lead with 5:52 remaining in the opening period. The Mustangs took advantage of Rotan’s missed opportunities and nailed a key shot to close the gap by one (Rotan 4 and Benjamin 3) with 5:08 left in the opening period. The Hammers regained a four point lead with 4:19 on the clock; the Mustangs responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game at seven points for each team with 3:36 remaining in the opening period. Moments later, Warren nailed a jump shot with 2:41 to give the Hammers a four point led: Rotan 11 and Benjamin 7; Benjamin closed the gap by one point with 2:35 remaining; Jeffrey grabbed an offensive rebound and make a two point bank shot, to increase the Hammers lead by three..13-10 with 2:11 left on the clock in this same period. Benjamin respond with a two point shot to pull within one point (12-13). Bell made a nice jump shot with 1:39 on the clock; Warren made 1 out of two of his foul shots to give the Hammers a four point lead (16-12) with 1:15 left in the opening period. At the end of the opening period, we had a tie game with each team having sixteen points each. One minute and one second into the second period, the Hammers trailed for the first time in this game (16-18). Coach Gesling called time-out with 6:48 left in the second period and the Hammers were trailing 16-20; afterwards, Flores grabbed an offensive rebound and put up a shot for two points (18-20). With 2:26 remaining in the second period, the game was slipping away as the Hammers trailed 18-30. At the end of this period the score was Rotan 22 and Benjamin 36. At the end of the game, the team missed some opportunities from the foul line, making 8 out of 19 foul shots for 42%. The final score was 49-64 as the Hammers were defeated in the Bi-District championship by the Mustangs of Benjamin. (Senior) Matt Pillians led his team with 15 PTS,10 REBS, 1 AST, 1 STL; Bell-12 PTS, 8 REBS, 1 AST, 1 STL; Flores-3 PTS,3 ASTS, 2 STLS, 1 REB; Warren-10 PTS, 3 REBS, 1 AST; Jeffrey-6 PTS, 6 REBS, 1 STL; Daniel-3 PTS, 1 REB, 1 STL; Krebsbach-1 REB.

Aspermont Hornets win Bi-District; lose in to Eula in Area

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The Aspermont Hornets had an amazing comeback in district play and clenched the 3rd place position enabling them to move forward into the playoffs. After an overtime comeback win over the Roby Lions, the swarm had a one time opportunity to sneak into playoff contention by beating the Rotan Yellowhammers in their last district game. The young Hornet team went on to play the Monday Moguls in the Bi-District championship game on Feb. 18th. They pulled off another overtime thriller to win the bi-district round. The swarm went on to play the Eula Pirates in the Area playoff round on Feb. 23rd, unfortunately they were defeated and basketball season for the Aspermont Hornets has come to an end.

Aspermont Hornets beat Rotan Yellowhammers 57 - 43 to secure a playoff spot

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Aspermont Hornet Donovan Miller lays up two points during the game against the Rotan Yellowhammers.The Rotan Yellowhammers did not seem to be prepared for the Hornets' trademark 3 pointers. The Hornets beat the Yellowhammers 57 - 43. After two suprise wins against Roby and Rotan the Hornets now head to the playoffs. They will play in Stamford against Munday, this Friday at 6 p.m.

Yellowhammers head to the playoffs!

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With two games left in District play, the Hammers are battling for the top spot in 1A District 15. On February 9, the Hammers hosted the Roby Lions for the second matchup in District play (Hammers won the first game in Roby by the final score of 55-43); the gym was energized and near capacity with fans from both sides, ready for a key matchup of Fisher County teams. (Coach Sanchez, Assistant Ryan Cronkright, and the Lions came ready to play) With 5:12 remaining in the opening period the Hammers trailed 0-7; by the end of this period, the Hammers trailed 9-14. Bell made a pass in transition to Pillians (making the right handed layup) to pull within three points of the Lions with 7:10 in the top of the second period. Yet, at the end of the buzzer, the Hammers trailed 16-25. In the final period, the Hammers trailed 30-41 with 3:31 left on the clock. The Hammers applied pressure to the ball handlers of the lions and contested their shots; Senior Koy Bell, scored the last 10 points (of the 14-0 run in the final 3:31) to assist his teammates in a 44-41 victory over the Lions. Several weeks ago, I challenged Bell to a ‘pressure shot’ at an outside goal; he made it with a smile on his face. I mentioned to him, “You love or live for pressured shots”. Stats as follow: Bell-17 PTS, 5 REBS, 3 STLS; Pillians-16 PTS, 8 REBS, 1 AST; Warren-5 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL; Flores-2 PTS, 1 STL; Jeffrey-4 PTS, 5 REBS, 2 ASTS, 1 STL; Daniel-1 AST.

Lady Yellowhammers close out season with a win

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The Lady Hammers were the visiting team on February 2 at Knox City. Down 0-5 with 3:36 remaining in the first period, were the Lady Hammers in for a long night? By the end of the first period, the Lady Hammers managed to go on a 4-0 run to trail by one (Rotan 4 and Knox City 5). With 6:53 left in the second period, Bowen made a three point shot to give the Lady Hammers their first lead of the night. Zoe Flores (missed the entire basketball season with an injury from volleyball) was on the court with less than one minute left in this period, as the team trailed by seven; Flores stole a pass and dribbled the remaining distance for a right handed layup to pull the team within five (Rotan 9 and Knox City 14) to close out this period. The Lady Hammers outscored the Houndettes 7-1 in the third period to take a 16-15 lead (Foster stole a pass and finished with a right hand layup in the closing seconds). The team defeated Knox City Houndettes by the final score of 27-19.

Lady Hornets warm up for playoffs by beating District 18 champs Priddy and District 6 champs Lorenzo

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The Aspermont Lady Hornets secured the 1A Region II District 15 championship title last week and are gearing up for the playoffs by competing against teams that are comparable to their statistics and ranking. They hosted a non conference game against the Priddy Lady Pirates who won the 1A Region III District 18 title in Aspermont on Sat. Feb. 6th. Both teams won their districts with zero losses.

Hornets rack up two more district wins

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The Aspermont Hornets traveled to Paint Creek to face-off the Pirates last Friday evening, Feb. 6, to play in one of the few remaining district games left for swarm this 20'-21' basketball season. It was an easy victory for the Hornets, however they will remain sitting in the 4th place position overall in district competition, just shy of playoff contention. The Hornets have 2 final district games this week. On Tuesday, Feb.9th, they made one final road trip to Rule to take on the Bobcats winning 76-55 and on Friday, Feb. 12th, the swarm will finish off their season against the Rotan Yellowhammers at home.