Miners move onto semis
By Jarann Johnson
Entering Monday’s Region 7 quarterfinals there was one small fact most fans were ignoring about the matchup. Beulah had only been held under 60 points four times during the season, and two of those times were against Hazen.
Before the game it was clear Hazen was aware of their defensive skill against Beulah. Hazen was so excited to get on the court they had to be pushed off the court by tournament managers for warming up too early.
At the start of the game Beulah looked in control. Beulah led 5-0 and Hazen turned the ball over twice but, as we all know, looks can be deceiving.
Hazen junior forward Wyatt Carr got hot, making a 3-pointer and jumper to tie the game at 5-5. Then Hazen senior guard Mason Faut started hurting Beulah.
Carr stole a Beulah pass and Faut finished the play with an and-1 layup. Faut missed the free throw but Hazen led 7-5. Beulah fought back to retie the game at 7-7, but again, Faut had an answer.
Faut swished a 3-pointer giving Hazen the lead, and the Bison held onto the lead for the rest of the opening frame. Hazen led 15-12 after one quarter.
Hazen fans were elated, and Beulah fans were holding their breath heading into the second quarter. The emotions reversed in the second quarter when Beulah defensive specialist Cory Alt swished a 3-pointer, tying the game at 17-17 with 4 minutes 30 seconds left in the half.