Hazen bows out of regionals
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison knew Glen Ullin-Hebron wasn’t going to be an easy game. The Bison were without starting senior Krista Slaubaugh and knew motivation was with Glen Ullin-Hebron.
Last year Hazen topped Glen Ullin-Hebron in the Region 7 tournament by five points, and this season Hazen owned a regular season two-point win over Glen Ullin-Hebron. Glen Ullin-Hebron’s extra motivation helped them grab a 51-40 win Monday night.
Glen Ullin-Hebron made sure to get the ball to their senior post, Michaela Gerving, in the early goings. Gerving got her team off to an early 3-0 lead, scoring all three points. Grace Zimmerman, Hazen sophomore, didn’t waste time responding for Hazen.
Zimmerman made a shot while being fouled and buried the bonus free throw to tie the game at 3-3. The pace of the game persisted in a back-and-forth rhythm until Hazen sophomore guard Elise Hintz made a 3-pointer with 1:35 left in the opening period.
Hintz’s 3-pointer gave Hazen a 9-8 lead and spurred a 7-0 run to end the quarter, which turned into a 13-8 Hazen lead. Hazen pushed their lead to 15-8 in the early goings of the second quarter, but Glen Ullin-Hebron was shooting well.
Glen Ullin-Hebron made three total 3-pointers in the second period. Kennedy Zurroff, Glen Ullin-Hebron guard, made two 3-pointers in the period. Her last 3-pointer tied the score at 17-17.
Hazen didn’t panic. Instead they turned to their 3-point senior shooter Kayla Lindquist. Lindquist put her team back up three points with a 3-pointer with 2:00 left in the first half.
The roles reversed during the closing moments of the second quarter. Glen Ullin-Hebron made a 7-0 run after Kiana Schatz forced a turnover and scored while being fouled.
Glen Ullin-Hebron’s run at the end of the second period put them up 25-20. Hazen kept fighting in the second half and pulled within one point with 2:30 left in the third quarter on a Mackenzie Walters score.
Zuroff made sure that was as close as Hazen could get. The sophomore guard made a shot while being fouled and buried a bonus free throw, putting her team up 33-29.
Hazen couldn’t break Glen Ullin-Hebron’s lead and trailed 37-30 at the end of three periods. Raquel Doll, Hazen starting point guard, made it clear she wasn’t going down without a fight.
The sophomore point guard made a 3-pointer in the opening moments of the fourth, drawing her team within four points, 37-33. Later in the period, with about three minutes left, Doll scored while being fouled.
Doll’s shot made the score 41-38 in Glen Ullin-Hebron’s favor. But Doll missed the bonus free throw, relieving the mounting anxiety in the Glen Ullin-Hebron fan section.