February 12, 2009

Miners gaining momentum into postseason

In a day that started out emotional for Beulah’s Karsen Little Soldier, ended on a high note as the Miners gained a much needed win heading into the postseason this Friday.

Little Soldier and her family said goodbye to her grandfather in a service Friday afternoon. The senior post only arrived at the gym in time for warm-ups before tipoff. She didn’t let her emotions deter her focus as she poured in 22 points to lead Beulah 57-48 over Des Lacs-Burlington.

But a couple miscues early had the Miners on their heels while the Lakers ravaged a 6-0 run. Kylie Flemmer kept fighting after the Beulah shooter was off. She stripped the rebound out of a Laker hand and took it to the hole.

Little Solider and Emmie Miller put in points before an under the basket dish to Ali Schaper tied the contest 10-10. Schaper, who got her first start that night, then added three more points as Beulah went into the second quarter down 13-15.
When a slap on her hand kept the shot from falling, Little Soldier got the two points from the free-throw line to tie 15-15 in the second quarter. Little Soldier and Shelby Schields took off on a short Miner run but DL-B found the hole in Beulah’s coverage to keep the game within a single possession.

"We were man-to-man all game with a goal of attacking on offense and defense," Beulah head coach Jim Petrik said. "Seems everything we struggle is because we think too much."
The give and take of the possessions that followed produced very few "pretty" baskets with the Miners only hitting 33 percent from the field. A 3-pointer from Jacey Pulver gave Beulah a temporary lead before DL-B snuck in a basket to remain up 25-24 at halftime.

It took a while for the Miners to warm up in the second half but the feed inside heated up as Little Soldier and Jessie Battest moved their team up 33-28 in the third.


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