Bowman County bewilders BeulahThe Bowman County girls basketball team knew they were outmatched in the middle and had a specific game plan — sandwich Beulah’s two 6-foot-2 posts.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The Bowman County girls basketball team knew they were outmatched in the middle and had a specific game plan — sandwich Beulah’s two 6-foot-2 posts.
The Bulldogs’ preparation helped them take Kaycee Link and Anna Iverson out of the game en route to a 56-39 win over Beulah in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We knew that we needed to handle their inside game,” Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher said. “We just tried to pack the zone in and give up the outside shot if necessary. We didn’t want to get bet inside.”
Iverson and Link combined for six points and eight rebounds.
Despite Beulah’s posts not scoring many points, Bowman County junior Haley Sabe knew outside shooting was going to be important.
“We knew we were going to have to shoot the ball,” said Sabe, who had a game-high 19 points. “There wasn’t going to be a lot inside, because of the big girls.”
Bowman County, the No. 2 seed from District 13, led 25-18 at halftime and Beulah attempted to make a charge in the third quarter.
The Miners got within three, 32-29, with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in the quarter after a jumper by Nicole Schramm. The Bulldogs finished the quarter on a 6-0 run.
“I thought we came out and got a nice run right away to make a game of it,” Beulah head coach Rick Miller said. “We never quit and we were ready to go the whole time.”
Beulah struck first in the fourth quarter, but it was followed by a 10-2 Bowman County run.
The key players in runs through the game for Bowman County were Sabe and senior Kayla Palczewski and junior Kit Miller.
Palczewski added 11 points and Miller added 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
“I thought Haley Sabe did a nice job shooting from the outside and opening up,” Fischer said. “Kit Miller did a good job on the inside.”
The Miners got back within single digits, 48-39, after a brief 5-0 run but couldn’t muster anything more.
Bowman County (14-8) closed the game on an 8-0 run.
The one player that kept Beulah in the game was guard Cheyanne Pederson.
The senior posted a team-high 17 points.
Rick Miller said he has been impressed with her transformation from post to guard.
“Cheyannae is our best outside shooter,” Rick Miller said. “She works hard the last three years on her outside shot.”
Each team started slow, but the Bulldogs still had an 11-9 advantage after the first quarter.
The Miners (10-12) came into the game after watching their boys basketball team win the Class B state championship in Grand Forks this past weekend.
“That was an experience of a lifetime,” Rick Miller said. “You can’t take that away from them. It’s bad timing and we played a little sluggish, but we aren’t using that as an excuse.”
Bowman now faces Hazen, the District 14 champions, in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. today.
The Bulldogs won when they met during the regular season, but Sabe knows they are going to have to work to make it to the Region 7 finals.
“Our plan is to play aggressive against them and put pressure on them,” Sabe said.
Beulah 9 18 29 39
BC 11 25 38 56
B: Cheyanne Pederson 16, Nicole Lorenz 6, Anna Iverson 4, Heidi Zimmerman 4, Nicole Schramm 3, Meghan Battest 2, Lakin Kessler 2, Kaycee Link 2.
BC: Haley Sabe 19, Kit Miller 17, Kayla Palczewski 11, Yajaira Rameriz 4, Brittany Hansey 2, Kaylee Heinrich 2, Morgan Woodley 1.
3-pointers: B 6 (Pederson 4, Lorenz 2), BC 4 (Sabe 3, Palczewski 1). Free throws: B 6-20, BC 12-20. Total fouls: B 19, BC 19. Rebounds: B 38 (Battest 12), BC 48 (Miller 16). Assists: B 8 (Battest 4), BC 8 (Heinrich 3). Steals: B 4 (Schramm 2), BC 5 (Rameriz 2). Blocks: B 4 (four with one), BC 0. Turnovers: B 17, BC 18. Records: B –x, BC 13-8.