Miners stay in state poll
By Jarann Johnson
When the Beulah Miners and Center-Stanton Wildcats met Monday for a non-regional game it was a tale of two teams. The Miners are looking for their third Region 7 championship in four years and the Wildcats are simply hoping to challenge teams in their district.
The Miners won the game 75-26, impressing state poll voters enough to stay in the top ten after two uninspiring performances last week – a 56-46 road loss to New England and a 45-40 home win over Richardton-Taylor.
The Miners used a strong defensive effort to emphasize that they are one of the state’s best Class B teams by preventing the Wildcats from scoring a single point during the first quarter. The Miners led 23-0 after one period.
The Miners kept playing staunch defense in the second quarter and didn’t allow the Wildcats to score until halfway through the period. Matt Huber, sophomore post, scored the first bucket of the game for the Wildcats at the 4 minute and 38 second mark in the second quarter.
The Wildcats trailed 33-2 at that point, and the deficit was too large to overcome. The loss moved the Wildcats to 0-11 on the season and improved Beulah’s record to 7-2 overall.
The Miners started the game with their typical high-pressure full-court defense but went to a zone defense in the second half, something that has been a very rare occurrence for Head Coach Jeremy Brandt.
Brandt explained that he wanted to prepare for different situations and maintain his team’s stamina for Tuesday night’s Region 7 game with Heart River, but that his team lacked bench depth because a lot of the B and C players were competing in Glen Ullin Monday night.