Hazen can’t hold on
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison girls’ basketball team was on the wrong side of Parents’ Night. The Bison played New Salem on the road last Saturday in a non-region game and fell late as New Salem pushed hard for a win in their last home game of the year, 45-43.
The Bison got a great start from senior guard Ashton Carter. The senior guard scored nine of Hazen’s 10 first-quarter points. The other point was scored by senior reserve forward Kendra Slaubaugh on a free-throw. Even though Carter was having a great game, her team was only up by one point, 10-9, at the end of one.
Dakota Wood’s defense on Karlie Schroeder was really hurting New Salem’s rhythm. New Salem struggled in the second quarter to score as their senior star tried to shake Wood off and only managed seven second-quarter team points.
The Bison’s defense put Hazen in a very strong position at halftime. They were up by nine points 25-16 and it seemed like New Salem had no answers for getting their senior guard free from Wood. Things only got better for the Bison from there.
At the start of the second quarter, Carter got the Bison offense off to a good start with a 3-pointer and Wood capped a 7-0 run with a bucket making the score 32-16. There was 4:23 left in the third period and New Salem hadn’t scored in the half.
Even though New Salem struggled at the start of the second half, they ended the final four minutes with 12 points and cut Hazen’s lead to 11 points, 39-28. Hazen started to see more problems in the fourth quarter.
With 5:06 to play in the game Wood was called for her fourth foul. Schroeder didn’t have the Bison’s quickest defender on her anymore while Wood sat to avoid fouling out. That was enough for New Salem to slowly carve away.