Miners fall in season opener
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners have a target on their back whether or not their starters are experienced, because of the program’s recent success. But adding a No. 5 ranking in the state poll means no easy nights for the Miners. The Linton Lions didn’t let the Miners have an easy first game and came away with a 78-58 win.
Early on it looked like Beulah and Linton were evenly matched. Both teams traded buckets and were tied 4-4. Then Linton took control of the lead with a 3-pointer. Shortly after Randi Julson, senior forward, recorded an assist cutting Linton’s lead to one point 7-6. But Linton pushed it back up to three points with a break away score.
Linton led 11-8 after a Casey Walcker, sophomore forward, tip-in and that’s when Linton made their first big push in the game. Linton went on a 6-point run – giving themselves a nine point lead, 17-8. But just when it looked like Linton was going to take a double-digit lead Beulah gathered themselves and coutered.