Hazen wins heads to Semis
Bison top Bowman by 18
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison made it back to the conference semifinals for the second year on Monday night in Dickinson. Bowman was without standout forward Morgan Woodley and the Bison had all of their team healthy enough to dress and won 60-42.
In the first quarter the Bison got an unusual offensive push from Dakota Wood. The junior guard is known for her defensive skills, but on Monday night she showed that she can shoot too. Wood made two 3-pointers and added two free throws early in the game to support Hazen’s offense and give them a 10-8 lead with 4-Minutes and 30-second left in the opening period.
Hazen’s defense tightened up for the final four minutes of quarter. They only allowed Bowman to score two points and made a 7-2 run to end the first period and grabbed a 19-12 lead. Hazen’s defense did it again in the second quarter.
With four minutes remaining in the second quarter Bowman pulled within four points, 22-18. Things weren’t looking good for Hazen. Starting point guard Mariya Schneider had just picked up her third foul of the game and had to sit.
But things aren’t always what they look like. Hazen went on a 14-2 run to end the first half. The run was capped by senior forward Kendra Slaubaugh’s three-point play. After Slaugbaugh’s score Hazen led 34-20 heading into the second half.