March 12, 2009

Bison girls undefeated no longer but changed forever

Brianna Beecher has had a prep sports career most high school athletes can only dream about. Beecher is widely considered one of the best volleyball setters in the state; she has a permanent place in the Hazen record books not only for career stats but individual as well. A room in the Beecher family house is stacked with medals, trophies and award certificates.

Even with all her achievements, Beecher couldn’t add her most prized honor to her resume until last weekend when Hazen made the Class B Girls State Basketball Tournament held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

As Hazen’s sole senior on the girls basketball roster, Beecher shot 47.7 percent from the field before the State Tournament, fourth on the team’s depth chart. She added 16 3-pointers to her 149 total points, averaging 6.5 points per game, after the first State Tournament game against Standing Rock. But the Bison point guard is known more for her court general skills as she tallied 71 assists in 23 games, 57 steals and 50 rebounds.

Staying true to her humble nature, Beecher was glad to share the experience with her wonderful teammates.

"It was more than I could have ever thought," she said after the three-day event was over. "Just to share it with my teammates, friends, family and fans. It’s amazing! Every game, every up and down. Everything’s going to be in my mind forever."

Hazen did have season highs and season lows over the three-day tournament but the young Bison team loaded the bus a final time with a third place State trophy in tow.


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