Henning split a pair of games last week to improve to 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Park Region Conference.
The Hornets defeated Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in non-conference action on Tuesday night, before falling to Menahga on a last second desperation 3-pointer that banked into the basket on Friday night.
This week the Hornets will host Pillager on Tuesday, before traveling to Sebeka on Friday night. Henning will have a short turnaround when they host Parkers Prairie in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.
Currently the Hornets are in fourth place in the PRC and trail just New York Mills 8-1, Pillager 6-3 and Wadena-Deer Creek 6-4 in the standings. They are also in third place, according to the QRF, in the sub section standings and trail just top ranked Mahnomen/Waubun and fifth ranked NY Mills. Henning is currently ranked 35th in the QRF.
After three straight away games, the Hornets had a taste of home cooking in a non-conference game against CGB on Tuesday night. The Hornets were able to jump out to a 33-29 lead at halftime, and were able to push their lead in the second half to come away with a 72-57 win.
“We were happy to be playing at home after a significant stretch on the road and even more happy to come away with a victory,” said head coach Randy Misegades. “Even though this wasn’t our best night, we found a way to get the win.”
The Hornets shot 47 percent front he field as a team and were led by the one-two punch of Tanner Arndt with 23 points and 4 assists and Mason Hammer with 24 points, 5 assists and 8 rebounds. Tyson Misegades joined the pair in double figures with 12 points.
Despite the win, Misegades said the team will need to remain focused from start to finish if they want to find success during the remainder of the season.
“We really need to work on preparing better in practice and coming ready to play each night. We are checked-out mentally in stretches which results in poor communication and getting beat to loose balls often. We have the potential to be better if we can clean some things up,” he said.
Also chipping in offensively was Ethan Houselog with 4 points and 5 rebounds, Kale Misegades with 3 Keegan Shaw with 2 points, Joe Angell with 2 points and 4 rebounds and Calvin Stueve with 2 points and 3 assists.
Henning led by a 46-44 margin with just seconds remaining in the game when a desperation 3-pointer by Menahga banked in as time expired to leave the Hornets on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 47-46 loss on Friday night.
Even though the Braves hit a desperation 3-pointer that banked in as time expired, head coach Randy Misegades said the Hornets just didn’t do enough on the court to win the game.
“We just simply didn’t deserve to win this game. Everyone will look at the last possession and a desperation three pointer that banked in for Menhaga to win the game. But, the truth is that our coaches and players weren’t prepared to play. We had many, many opportunities to win this game that came well before the final play. We simply have to do a better job with the mental part of the game,” he said. “Physical mistakes are part of the game, but we are making way to many mistakes mentally to be a good team. We need to get better as we enter the final two weeks of the regular season.”
As a team the Hornets shot just 29 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers in the loss. They led by a score of just 16-10 at halftime.
Tanner Arndt led the way offensively as the junior scored 18 points to go along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Tyson Misegades hit three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points, while Mason Hammer scored 9 points to go along with 10 rebounds, Kale Misegades hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with 6 points and Joe Angell rounded out the scoring with 2 points and 10 rebounds.