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Shorthanded but still battling

H-M-S girls don't quit in loss to No. 1 Knights

Facing the No. 1-ranked girls' basketball team in Class 3A with a full roster would have been a daunting task for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. But to do so with a depleted team was even more challenging.

Hawk coach Lester Tessum thought he might only have one starter available for the Dec. 21 game with Unity Christian in Hartley. While a second starter was able to play, injuries and other factors resulted in three freshmen in the opening lineup and two others seeing significant court time during the 65-31 loss.

"The freshmen got some good experience," Tessum acknowledged.

Senior Lydia Harders stepp...

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