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Hazen brings consistency to down Bowman County

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Hazen senior forward Lexie Biffert, front, goes up for a layup against Bowman County during a quarterfinals game of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at DHS gymnasium.

Consistency is the name of the game for the Hazen girls basketball team.

The Bison either outscored or tied with Bowman County in scoring in all four quarters.

Hazen used its consistent play to defeat the Bulldogs 60-42 during the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at DHS gymnasium.

“We played pretty steady offensively on the night,” Hazen head coach John Ward said. “We went on runs and then we kind of stalled out a little bit. We never had a situation where we were panicking, but Bowman kept working hard. We had some big 3-pointers when we needed them. Overall, we played well.”

Despite Hazen shooting 33 percent from the field, the team shot eight percent better than its opponent.

Hazen was 20 of 61 from the field, while the Bulldogs 17 of 68 (25 percent). The Bison also made their trips to the free-throw line worth wild. The team was 14 of 19 (74 percent).

“We have had trouble with consistency all year long,” Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher said. “We play for streaks and then we kind of let it go. We didn’t make the adjustments that we needed to make. We came up some things that needed to be fixed and we just didn’t make the adjustments quick enough. They took advantage of that.”

Once the Bison (14-8) jumped out to a seven-point, 19-12, after the first 8 minutes, they didn’t have any problem the rest of the way.

Hazen expanded its lead to 14 points at halftime and maintained the double-digit advantage throughout a majority of the second half.

A key to Hazen’s consistency was the amount of players, who saw the court. The Bison had nine players see at least 9 minutes or more playing time.

“That’s something great about our team is that we do have a bench,” said Hazen senior forward Kendra Slaubaugh, who came off the bench for 12 points and four rebounds. “If one person is tired or is in foul trouble, we have girls that can step up and do the job. That’s definitely nice to have.”

The Bison received four double-digit performances as Slaubaugh and senior guard Ashton Carter each had 12 points. Senior guard Mariya Schneider and junior guard Dakota Wood both supplied 10 points. Junior forward Madison Leintz came off the bench to grab a game-high 11 rebounds and five points.

Bowman County (13-9) had two players score in double figures. Junior guard Ariana Zook and senior forward Kaitlyn Dix each posted 11 points. Dix added seven rebounds, while senior forward Brittany Hansey chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.

Hazen plays No. 2 seed Dickinson Trinity in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. today.

“Trinity struggled a little bit (on Monday), but I guarantee that they will be playing well (today),” Ward said. “Their defense is all over you all night long. They just keep coming at you. We need to step up and play well.”

BC 12 20 30 42

Hazen 19 34 44 60

BC: Ariana Zook 11, Kaitlyn Dix 11, Brittany Hansey 8, Kaylee Heinrich 6, Justyce Duffield 3, Hannah Septon 2, Haley Phelps 1.

H: Ashton Carter 12, Kendra Slaubaugh 12, Mariya Schneider 10, Dakota Wood 10, Madison Leintz 5, Kayla Lindquist 5, Krista Slaubaugh 4, Lexie Biffert 2.

3-pointers: BC 1 (Zook 1), H 6 (Wood 2, Lindquist 1, Leintz 1, Carter 1, Kr. Slaubaugh 1). Free throws: BC 7-15 H 14-19. Total fouls: BC 19, H 13. Fouled out: BC, Hansey. Rebounds: BC 42 (Septon 8), H 53 (Leintz 11). Assists: BC 9 (Zook 3), H 10 (Kr. Slaubaugh 4). Steals: BC 18 (Duffield 3), H 14. Blocks: BC 1 (Heinrich 1), H 3 (Ke. Slaubaugh 2). Turnovers: BC 15, H 18. Records: BC 13-9, H 14-8.