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Panthers beat Bearcats

By Staff | Jan 23, 2015

Brad Heidlebaugh does something remarkable in just about every game, but his signature performance of the season came against No. 4 North Star on Jan. 15.

With his then-No. 3 ranked Panthers trailing 31-27 following one of Johnny Heisler’s four 3-pointers, Heidlebaugh went to work.

The senior forward scored the Panthers’ next 15 points in a five-minute span of the third and fourth quarters. He finished with a game-high 23 points en route to a 52-41 win at a packed Charles Hanneman Gymnasium.

“They kind of backed off a little bit and I got motivated to take over this game,” Heidlebaugh said.

Heisler finished with a team-high 14 points as the Panthers and senior Nolan Hovland kept Bearcat senior standout Christian Kvilvang to just nine points.

“This was the first time I’ve seen glimpses of the gritty team of last year,” RHS coach Mike Santjer said. “As coaches, we were wondering where’s the grit and when will we grind one out and we did tonight.”

Heidlebaugh also ripped down a game-high 19 rebounds.

“We wanted to keep Heidlebaugh off the boards and we didn’t do bad for two and a half quarters,” NS coach Jeff Hagler said. “I thought we could shoot the ball better than we did and we’ll have to figure out our stroke and shoot.

“The plan all night long was when (Heidlebaugh) got the ball to have two guys on him. I think we got a little tired and our doubles were late.”

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