February 10, 2016

Hazen girls survive early Miner scare

By Jarann Johnson

Entering last week’s rivalry game between Hazen and Beulah, fans didn’t expect much. Beulah entered with a losing record, and Hazen entered with a winning record and hopes of making it back to the Region 7 championship game.
Even though the game was played on Hazen’s home floor it did not start off well. Hazen found themselves down to a team they beat by 16 points earlier this year.
Beulah was off to surprising start on the road early and led 6-2 after an Emily Alt bucket. Hazen made the score close and came within a point after a Grace Zimmerman bucket, but getting the lead proved tough.
Beulah freshman starting point guard Erin Walcker made a 3-pointer, putting Beulah up 13-9. Zimmerman answered with a bucket, but the surprise was clear after one period of play.
Beulah simply out-played Hazen in the first quarter. Hazen never led, and trailed 13-11 entering the second frame.
Hazen senior guard Kayla Lindquist was done with the offensive struggles. The senior guard swished a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to give Hazen a 14-13 lead. The teams tussled without either gaining much of an advantage, and dead-locked at 17-17 and 20-20.
Beulah gained a small 21-20 lead but, once again, Lindquist was ready with a deep 3-pointer. Lindquist’s 3-pointer put Hazen up 23-21.
Beulah didn’t have another tussle left in the first half but they stayed close, only trailing by a 28-25 mark at halftime. Hazen didn’t let Beulah stay around in the second half and came out on a mission.
Hazen’s defense took over the game in the third quarter, holding Beulah to three points. While Beulah was waiting for their offense to figure things out, the defense was also struggling.
Hazen’s offense had no trouble finding easy scores and executing. Hazen scored 20 points in the third frame and led 48-28 at the end of three periods.
Beulah didn’t give up and showed some fight in the final frame, cutting Hazen’s lead to a 52-40 score, but that was as close as Beulah could get. The final score of the game was 55-40.
Hazen’s offense was led by by Kayla Lindquist and Krista Slaubaugh. Lindquist scored 17 points and Slaubaugh added 11 points.
The Beulah offensive attack was led by Erin Walcker with 11 points. Hazen played a non-region game Monday against New Salem and fell 47-26.

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