The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

It doesn't get any easier

Tough opponents extend H-M-S girls' losing streak


February 11, 2021


Paige Gehrke reacts to the loose ball during the senior night game with Akron-Westfield on Feb. 5.

Facing three girls' basketball teams with at least 13 wins, and two that were ranked in the Top 20, proved to be a daunting task for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn last week. The Hawks lost all three contests, extending their losing streak to nine games.

"It says a lot for the competition in northwest Iowa and the competition in the whole area," said Hawk coach Lester Tessum.

The first team H-M-S faced was MMCRU (1A No. 6), which established a commanding first-half lead en route to an 81-44 win on Feb. 2 at Marcus.

The Royals broke out to a 19-10 advantage in the first quarter and led 45-18 at the...

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