February 19, 2009

Miners guaranteed a tomorrow

At this time last week, there were six active District 14 teams, but after Monday’s action only four remain. Putting together two solid games, Beulah stayed alive and moved on to the Region 7 Tournament. In the opening round Monday, the Miners will play New England at 4:30 p.m. MST at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.

Beulah 75, Richardton-Taylor 39

With a clear height advantage, the Miners opened the District 14 Tournament Friday against Richardton-Taylor. Their game plan was simple but effective, get a dish inside to senior post Karsen Little Solider to hit the paint. Dominating the first half, Little Solider gave Beulah a 43-21 lead at halftime.

The back and fourth points of the third quarter didn’t help the Raiders gain any ground. Then Brenna Johansen nailed the 3-point shot but the Raiders immediately responded with a trey of their own as the even scoring continued.

The connection between Little Solider and Jacey Pulver was firing on all cylinders as the pair teamed up for the final six points of the third quarter for a 56-31 score.

The two Beulah seniors each connected for points to begin the fourth quarter. Little Solider and Pulver exited the game with 4:30 remaining but tapped in 18 points on the night as Little Soldier also had 13 rebounds.

Fellow senior Jordan Halter took over where her teammates left off with a bucket from the top of the key. She finished with five points on the night.

"It’s the time of year when you rely on your seniors," Beulah head coach Jim Petrik said. "I tried to utilize them. All four had good games for us."

Emmie Miller had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Miners outscored the Raiders 19-8 in the final minutes for a 75-8 finale.


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