February 5, 2009

Hazen has No. 1 seed all locked up

It has been seven weeks in the making but the Hazen girls’ basketball team can finally say they set out to do, at least in part, what they envisioned at the beginning of the season. Saving one of the best for last, the Bison claimed a 53-35 victory over rivals Beulah Jan. 29 to officially lock up the District 14 regular season title as well as the No. 1 seed going into the district tournament beginning Feb. 13 in Hazen.

"It gives us a lot of confidence and more drive to keep working hard in practice," explained Hazen’s sole senior Brianna Beecher. "It’s a lot of pressure but it’s good pressure."

The first time the two rival Mercer County teams met Jan. 2, Hazen cruised to a 69-55 win. If the first possession of last Thursday’s game was any indication, it was going to be another long night for the Miners. Hazen controlled the ball for the entire first minute of action, shooting four times and getting the rebounds before Bison Stef Bohrer finally knocked in two from the free-throw line.

The Miners were missing their height in senior Jessie Battest, who missed the game while attending a scholarship competition at Concordia College.

Beulah junior Kylie Flemmer proved her worth immediately entering the game and getting several steals and drive opportunities including the one at 8-6 to take a Beulah lead.

"(Flemmer) did a great job of handling the press and taking the ball to the hoop," Miner head coach Jim Petrik said. "Overall she’s not real big in size but she works hard and can bang with the best of them."

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