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Bucs collect 5-peat: Beach defeats Dickinson Trinity to win 5th straight Region 7 championship, punch ticket to state

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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Beach senior forward-guard Cid Stedman, right, goes up for a shot against Dickinson Trinity during the Region 7 Tournament championship on Thursday at DHS gymnasium. The Buccaneers defeated the Titans 46-40.2 / 2

Beach senior guard Hailee Farstveet felt she didn’t shoot well in the first two games of the Region 7 Tournament.

Farstveet had a combined 20 points in two games.

The Beach senior guard responded with a 21-point performance as the Buccaneers punched its fifth straight ticket to the North Dakota Class B state tournament with a 46-40 win over Dickinson Trinity during the Region 7 Tournament championship game on Thursday at DHS gymnasium.

“I knew all of us were going to have to put our best foot forward, because Trinity was tough the first time we played them,” said Farstveet, who was named Region 7 senior athlete of the year. “We knew it was going to be a tough game.

“In the first two games of the tournamRent, I didn’t feel I was shooting at all. I felt like I had to step up to get to state. I did that and my team helped me a lot.”

Yet, it wasn’t just the offensive performance from Farstveet.

She put together a defensive effort against Trinity senior standout guard Rachel Jahner, who went 1 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with seven points.

“The mindset that Hailee had and you could tell it on the floor is that she wanted to win badly,” Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. “She played defense until she dropped. Hailee was tired. I’d look at her and ask, ‘Do you need some rest?’ She said no. She was there to compete.”

And Farstveet wasn’t alone in the second half.

Beach junior guard Taylor Abraham posted all 10 of her points in the second including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left.

“I was relieved that it set us ahead for a little bit, but I knew I had to keep my poise,” said Abraham, who sank Beach’s lone 3-pointer of the game.

Abraham not only drained the game-winning 3-pointer but grabbed two offensive rebounds including one with 1:06 remaining. The rebound allowed the Buccaneers (22-2) to drain the game clock down.

“We knew we had to slow it down, because the intensity was high,” Abraham said. “We just had to continue playing poise and confidence.”

The Buccaneers closed out the scoring in the game with three free throws. However, free throws weren’t a bright spot for Beach. The Buccaneers were 15 of 28 from the charity stripe.

At halftime, Dickinson Trinity (19-5) led 19-16 and put Beach in unfamiliar territory. The Titans game plan in the second half was to continue getting the ball into the post.

Trinity sophomore forward Alanna Sickler helped close out an 11-2 run in the final minutes of the first half. Sickler finished with nine points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Kennedy Keator posted nine points, Brianna Soehren added with a game-high nine rebounds and four points.

“There were some things that we felt we need to do different offensively in the second half to get our bigs more touches,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. “We thought defensively we could try a few things. We didn’t execute them to a tee, but I was very proud of our effort.”

Neither team shot more than 35 percent for the game. Trinity was 16 of 46 (35 percent), while Beach was 15 of 50 (30 percent).

The teams were a combined 3 of 24 (13 percent) from 3-point range. Trinity made two 3-pointers — one from Jahner and Keator.

The Titans also outrebounded the Buccaneers 38-35, but Beach committed six fewer turnovers. Bailey Waldal grabbed a team-high six rebounds and five points, while Cid Stedman added six points and five rebounds.

Bob Waldal, who was named Region 7 coach of the year, admitted after the game he hasn’t even thought about reaching the state tournament for the fifth straight year. The Buccaneers will find out their first-round opponent today.

“I haven’t thought of that at all,” he said. “I knew we had a really really tough game (on Thursday). Trinity was riding on a lot of emotions that I thought could ride in their favor. The kids stepped up and I’m proud of them.”

Trinity 4 19 28 40

Beach 12 16 32 46

T: Kennedy Keator 9, Alanna Sickler 9, Rachel Jahner 7, Katelyn Grinsteinner 7, Brianna Soehren 4, Jillian Stockert 2, Madison Jahner 2

B: Hailee Farstveet 21, Taylor Abraham 10, Cid Stedman 6, Bailey Waldal 5, Brooklyn Zachmann 3, Baili Nielsen 1

3-pointers: T none, B 1 (Abraham). Free throws: T 6-13, B 15-28. Total fouls: T 22, B 14. Fouled out: T, Keator, Stockert. Rebounds: T 38 (Soehren 9), B 13 (Waldal 6). Assists: T 6 (Grinsteinner, Sickler 2), B 1 (Farstveet). Steals: T 12 (Grinsteinner 2), B 18 (Waldal 5). Blocks: T none, B none. Turnovers: T 19, B 13. Records: T 19-5, B 22-2.

Hazen rallies to beat

Beulah in 3rd-place game

Ashton Carter’s fist pump in the final 30 seconds told the entire story.

The Hazen senior guard drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining.

Carter finished with 21 points — which included four 3-pointers — en route to a 63-61 win over Beulah during the third place game on Thursday at DHS gymnasium.

Hazen (15-9) held a slim 35-29 lead at halftime. The Miners responded with a strong third quarter scoring the Bison 24-16. Beulah’s Courtney Mitchell, who finished with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds, drained a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter to give Beulah a 53-51 lead.

The Bison answered the fourth quarter with a 12-8 advantage which ended with Carter’s 3-pointer. Hazen’s Madison Leintz went 3 of 3 from 3-point range in the contest. The junior forward finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

Hazen junior guard Dakota Wood ended with nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Lexie Biffert chipped in eight points.

Delaney Johansen posted 14 points and eight rebounds for the Miners (13-12), while Nessa Iverson added 14 points. Jamie Murschel supplied a game-high 10 rebounds and seven points.

The Miners held the edge in field-goal percent and rebounds. Beulah was 22 of 68 (32 percent), while Hazen shot 31 percent. The Miners pulled down 58 rebounds and the Bison had 44.

Beulah 12 29 53 61

Hazen 17 35 51 63

B: Courtney Mitchell 16, Nessa Iverson 14, Delaney Johansen 14, Nicole Schramm 7, Jamie Murschel 7, Tess Hoherz 3.

H: Ashton Carter 21, Madison Leintz 13, Dakota Wood 9, Lexie Biffert 8, Mariya Schneider 5, Krista Slaubaugh 4, Kendra Slaubaugh 3.

3-pointers: B 5 (Iverson 4, Mitchell 1), H 10 (Carter 4, Leintz 3, Wood 2, Biffert 1). Free throws: B 12-23, H 11-23. Total fouls: B 21, H 21. Fouled out: B, Murschel, Mitchell. Rebounds: B 58 (Murschel 10), H 44 (Wood 6). Assists: B 6 (Lakin Kessler 4), H 1 (Biffert 1). Steals: B 13 (Iverson 2), H 13 (Wood 3). Blocks: B 1 (Johansen 1), H 2 (Carter 1, Biffert 1). Turnovers: B 18, H 13. Records: B 15-9, H 13-12.

All-Region 7

Ashton Carter, Hazen; Hailee Farstveet, Beach; Katelyn Grinsteinner, Dickinson Trinity; Rachel Jahner, Dickinson Trinity; Kennedy Keator, Dickinson Trinity; Morgan LeMieux, Killdeer; Courtney Mitchell, Beulah; Jaime Murschel, Beulah; Hannah Nordby, New England; Kaitlin Reitz, Hettinger-Scranton; Cid Stedman, Beach; Bailey Waldal, Beach; Dakota Wood, Hazen; Brooklyn Zachmann, Beach; Ariana Zook, Bowman County.

Region 7 senior athlete of the year

Hailee Farstveet, Beach

Region 7 coach of the year

Bob Waldal, Beach

Region 7 athletic director of the year

Randy Johnson, Hazen