Carr injury spoils Bis rivalry game
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen-Beulah rivalry is a great rivalry between two towns closely located to each other. The first meeting this season produced a four-point, 55-51, road win for Beulah, but last week’s game featured an easy Beulah 57-26 home win after Hazen forward Wyatt Carr suffered an injury.
The game started like most Region 7 fans expected. Beulah took the lead and Carr kept Hazen competitive in the first quarter with eight points.
At the end of one period Beulah led 16-11, and the game seemed like it was going to turn into a game of how to contain Carr. With 4 minutes left in the first half Hazen trailed 20-16, but then Hazen’s game plan took a huge hit.
Carr came up limping after losing his footing with 3:45 left in the half. Originally it looked like Hazen was unfazed by the injury.
Chase Bruner, senior Hazen guard, stole the ball and raced to the hoop for two points, cutting Beulah’s lead to two points.
Beulah senior forward Casey Walcker wasn’t going to let his last career home game end in an upset loss though. Walcker hit a jumper, which started a 10-0 run to end the half. After the run, Beulah led 30-18 entering the halftime break.
Carr tried to gut it out in the second half but wasn’t his usual self, lacking the ability to cut and sprint at full speed. Hazen only managed seven points in the second half.
Despite the injury, Carr led all-scorers in the game with 18 points. Carr’s only help scoring came from Isaac Doll (1 point) and Bruner (7 points).
Beulah didn’t have any problems on offense and won by a final score of 57-26. Beulah’s offensive attack was led by four players over double-figures in the game: Reece Hoherz (10), Logan Miller (10), Walcker (10), and Josh Remmick (10).
After the game, Hazen Head Coach Ben Nelson talked about the impact of Carr’s injury had on the game.