REGION 7 TOURNAMENT: Beach routs Beulah, 82-34
Beach head girls basketball coach Bob Waldal didn't have much to say after Monday night's Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals.
His Buccaneers had said enough on the court.
Beach scored the first 11 points 2½ minutes into the game, had its first 20-point lead before the end of the first quarter and drained eight first-half 3-pointers in an 82-34 rout of Beulah at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"I think the kids have a good focus on the game right now," Waldal said.
Beach got off to a great start and didn't look back thanks to an unsuspecting source.
Freshman guard Brooklynn Zachmann had a season-high 21 points and added six rebounds and five steals. She hit two 3-pointers in the first 2 minutes of the game and scored 10 of her points in the first quarter.
"We all work together really well as a team," Zachmann said. "It helps bring it to the open man. We came out strong. We've been wanting to get this game for a while."
The Buccaneers' (18-5) willingness to chase their fourth consecutive Region 7 championship was apparent. They led 49-17 at halftime and were up by more than 50 points, 79-27, at one point in the fourth quarter.
Beach forced Beulah into 17 first-half turnovers to help stake their early advantage. The Miners finished with 26, which led to 34 Beach points.
Junior Bailey Waldal had 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals to lead Beach. Junior forward Cydni Stedman had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists while Kari Schmeling added 11 points off the bench.
Beach shot 30 of 67 (45 percent) from the field.
Hailee Farstveet struggled from the field, but didn't let that stop her from having a big game -- coming close to a triple-double. Beach's junior point guard had seven points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
"We came out there ready to play," Bailey Waldal said. "There was a few times where we just weren't getting after it. But after we got into the swing of things, there were a few times when things just worked for us. A lot of people were hot tonight. Just feed them the ball. We have faith in each other that we are going to make the shots we were making tonight."
Beach moves on to face Hazen at 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of last year's region title game.
"They have goals," Bob Waldal said. "They've been to the state tournament, they know it's a lot of fun and that's their goal. I really liked our focus and I hope it continues."
Beulah ends its season with a 5-18 record. Its lone senior, Kelsie Schmidt, had a team-high 10 points and five rebounds in her final game.
"We're a young team," Miners head coach Rick Miller said. "I told the girls, you they have to grow from this."
Beulah 9 17 24 34
Beach 26 49 73 82
Beulah: Kelsie Schmidt 10, Delaney Johansen 6, Lakin Kessler 5, Nessa Iverson 5, Jamie Murschel 5, Maiya Gerde 3.
Beach: Brooklynn Zachmann 21, Bailey Waldal 20, Cydni Stedman 16, Kari Schmeling 11, Hailee Farstveet 7, Ashlynn Dietz 3, Baili Nielson 2, Paige Rising 2.
3-pointers: Beulah 5 (Schmidt 2, Gerde 1, Iverson 1, Kessler 1), Beach 8 (Zachmann 3, Schmeling 3, Dietz 1, Waldal 1). Free throws: Beulah 3-9, Beach 14-21. Total fouls: Beulah 15, Beach 9. Rebounds: Beulah 34 (Murschel 9), Beach 45 (Farstveet 9). Assists: Beulah 8 (Kessler 4), Beach 21 (Farstveet 8). Steals: Beulah 5 (five with 1), Beach 16 (Stedman 5, Zachmann 5). Blocks: Beulah 1 (Murschel 1), Beach 4 (Farstveet 2). Turnovers: Beulah 26, Beach 7. Records: Beach 18-5, Beulah 5-18.