The Hartley High School boys basketball team opened the fourth quarter on a 12-1 run on its way to a 59-45 win over Worthington Christian on Friday.

The Hartley High School boys basketball team opened the fourth quarter on a 12-1 run on its way to a 59-45 win over Worthington Christian on Friday.


TheHawks improved to8-4 overall and 2-3 in the CCL. The Warriors fell to 9-3 and 3-2.


"Before the game I told the guys, 'Hey, we've got four starters back, the only things we need to do are play defense and hit our free throws,'" Hartley coach Randy Kortokrax said. "The guys played with passion and with their hearts and it showed tonight."


Hartley took a 20-10 advantage in the first quarter on the strength of a 10-0 run, but the Warriors responded with a 10-2 run. The Hawks held a 22-19 lead entering the second quarter but Worthington Christiantook a 30-28 lead with 1:29 left on a free throw by Brian Heckerafter a technical foulon Kortokrax. Hecker then hit another shot with 20 seconds left but the Hawks' Andy Losinski hit a turnaround jumper as time expired to make it 32-30 in favor of the Warriors at halftime.


Worthington Christian hit just one of its first five field goals in the third quarter, which allowed Hartley to take a 41-34 lead. Hecker managed to score Worthington Christian's next five points before the fourth quarter started but the shooting struggles for the Warriors continued.


In the fourth quarter Worthington Christian missed its first five field goals. At the same time the Hawks' Ben Siefert was at his finest as he quickly had four steals that helped spur Hartley to a 12-0 run and a 52-40 lead with 4:05 left. Worthington Christian managed to hit just one of its next eight shots.


Steve Williams and Morgan Cornwell led the Hawks with 14 points. Siefert had 11 and Losinski had nine.


Hecker led the Warriors with 25 points and Brady Beals had eight.


"We're not a big scoring team so when we play good defense, we can be a good team," Kortokrax said.