Miners fall in non-region game
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison and Beulah Miners met in girls’ basketball action last Thursday in a non-regional game. Even though the game didn’t count toward the region standings both teams were trying to prove something.
Beulah wanted to prove that they were past their early season offensive woes and Hazen wanted to prove that they could win on the road. Hazen solved their road problems, winning 45-35, and Beulah’s offensive woes continued to hurt them.
Beulah’s offense struggled in the first period, only scoring three points – a Nessa Iverson free throw and Delaney Johansen 2-pointer. Hazen’s offense wasn’t executing at optimum levels either, only scoring nine points, but it was enough for an early lead and road confidence.
Beulah looked close to taking over the game in the second period – only trailing by three points, 12-9. But the Miners offense was stymied because of four bad offensive possessions without a shot – two possessions ended in charging violations and two other possessions ended with turnovers.
Hazen pushed their lead to seven while Beulah struggled to find a positive offensive flow.
Beulah finally got some offensive flow late in the period with an inside shot. Senior post Jaime Murschel made the shot and was fouled.