Hazen wins rivalry game
By Jarann Johnson
Last season ended with Hazen and Beulah battling for third place at the Region 7 tournament in Dickinson. When both teams met last week there were no thoughts about meeting in an important Region 7 tournament game -- all the thoughts were on figuring out how to get things going.
Hazen was coming off of a road loss to New England that moved their losing streak of away games to five consecutive on the season. Beulah was coming off a 1-3 record in their last four games.
Both teams knew that a good start might be the doctor’s prescription to break through mediocre play, but neither could build a large lead early on. Hazen led by one point, 6-5, after a basket by junior forward Steph Ziegler.
The Bison changed the game’s typical rivalry pace with a 13-4 run in the last four minutes of the first quarter, building a 19-9 lead. The run was enhanced by strong outside shooting, specifically two back-to-back 3-pointers from the middle of the 3-point arc by senior forward Madi Leintz and senior guard Dakota Wood.
Beulah struggled to figure out a way to guard Hazen’s perimeter players in the second quarter, too. At the end of the first half Hazen was shooting 46.7 percent on 3-pointers (going 7 of 15) and led 35-20.
Even though the deficit was only 15 points, Beulah never figured out a way to get their offense into a rhythm in the second half.