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Bison apply pressure, top Hettinger-Scranton

The No. 7 seed Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team couldn't shake its tough start. Hazen took full advantage. The No. 2-seeded Bison grabbed a 21-point lead at halftime en route to a 52-30 quarterfinals win during the Region 7 Tournament on ...

The No. 7 seed Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team couldn’t shake its tough start.
Hazen took full advantage.
The No. 2-seeded Bison grabbed a 21-point lead at halftime en route to a 52-30 quarterfinals win during the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“Defensively, we stayed focused,” Hazen head coach John Ward said. “We play good defense and sometimes we have to slow it down offensively. We have to let things set up and sometimes we have a tough time changing gears.”
Hazen’s defense blanketed the Night Hawks. The Bison (13-9) kept Hettinger-Scranton off the board until the 6-minute, 33-second mark of the second quarter.
Hettinger-Scranton was 9 of 41 (22 percent) from the field. The Bison didn’t have the same problem finding the bottom of the net. Hazen was 21 of 51 (41 percent) with 12 players scoring at least two or more points.
“We didn’t adapt to the pressure very well,” Hettinger-Scranton head coach Kelly Pierce said. “They came out and played pressure defense. Instead of attacking the pressure, they got us on our heels. We didn’t attack the basket.”
Hazen junior forward Stephanie Ziegler, who finished with a game-high 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals, believes the team plays its best when everyone is contributing.
Every player on Hazen’s roster played and seven of the 15 saw double-digit minutes.
“Some teams we play they have that main person, but it’s nice to be able to sub out and we have a really solid bench,” Ziegler said. “Everyone just works really hard.”
With the team in a deep deficit, Pierce’s message for the team at halftime was to respond in the second half.
The Bison held a slight 20-19 advantage in the final 16 minutes.
“We wanted to win the second half,” Pierce said. “We wanted to play with pride, play with heart and play Night Hawk basketball.”
The Bison grabbed their first double-digit - 11-0 - on a Ziegler 3-pointer.
Hazen never let up. Kayla Lindquist posted eight points and four rebounds, while Raquel Doll and Krista Slaubaugh each had seven points.
Molly Holt led Hettinger-Scranton (8-15) with seven points, while McKinsey Jahner grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and two points. Abigail Kludt posted six points and Casey Joppa and Elli Kaitfors each had five.
The Bison play No. 6 seed Hebron-Glen Ullin in a semifinal game of the Region 7 tournament at 6:30 p.m. today.
“It will come down to whoever makes the fewest mistakes,” Ward said. “HGU runs a two-three zone and they don’t make a lot of mistakes. If you make some, they are going to be successful.”

HS 0 11 15 30
Hazen 16 32 41 52
HS: Molly Holt 7, Abigail Kludt 6, Casey Joppa 5, Elli Kaitfors 5, Madison Warbis 4, Brianna Robinson 2, McKinsey Jahner 1.
H: Stephanie Ziegler 10, Kayla Lindquist 8, Raquel Doll 7, Krista Slaubaugh 7, Dakota Wood 3, Madison Leintz 3, Nikole Bitterman 3, Eva Byerley 3, McKenzie Walters 2, Bailey Walters 2, Grace Zimmerman 2, Courtney Rask 2.
3-pointers: HS 0, H 3 (Ziegler 2, Doll 1). Free throws: HS 12-19, H 7-19. Total fouls: HS 20, H 21. Fouled out: HS, Kludt. Rebounds: HS 32 (Jahner 5), H 41 (Ziegler 9). Assists: HS 0, H 8 (Wood 2, Lindquist 2). Steals: HS 12 (Joppa 3), H 17 (Ziegler 4). Blocks: none. Turnovers: HS 29, H 25. Records: HS 8-15, H 13-9.

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