The action got started fast and furious Tuesday night at Solberg Gymnasium between the Beulah Miners and the Bowman County Bulldogs.
By DICK NUNEZ
Special to the Pioneer
Posted on October 12, 2012
Right from the start, the trend was established; kill or be killed.
Back and forth, the teams exchanging kills, with a few well placed blocks to keep the action exciting. Macy Smyle pounded down one of her “explosive” kills that goes straight to the floor, electrifying the crowd similar to a slam dunk in basketball.
The score at this time was 8-7 in favor of the Miners. Jamie Murschel, Nicole Schramm, and Kelsie Schmidt added plenty of pop on the other side of the net. The Miners started to creep away establishing an 18-11 lead. In the past the Bulldogs would tend to fade out and wait for the next game, but not this time. Brittany Hansey recorded back-to-back kills bringing Bowman County back to within 1 at 18-17. Morgan Woodley used trickery for a kill of her own which brought a roar from the crowd, giving the Bulldogs the lead at 20-19. Hansey killed another making it 23-22. Woodley finished it off with a block for a 25-22 victory.
In the second game, Beulah took command behind the consistent setting of Lakin Kessler who would record an impressive 34 assists on the night, and the steady kills from Murschel, who finished with 22 kills on the night. There would be no comeback this time as the Miners cruised to a 25-17 victory.
Game 3 was all Miners. They ran off to a 14-4 lead. The Bulldogs did have a flurry that brought them to within 5 after a Smyle block, making the score 14-9. Seeing what the Bulldogs were capable of in game 1, made the crowd anticipate another assault on the opponent. Again it was not to be, as the Miners regrouped and ran away with a 25-11 victory.
The Bulldogs did their own regrouping in game 4, putting it back to the back-and-forth look of game 1. Haley Sabe recorded an ace to tie the score at 17-17. A Beulah rally put the game away at 25-19 giving the Miners the match 3-1.
After the game, Coach Jettie Swanson was very upbeat about her teams play: “We are making strides and planning to peak at tournament. These next few weeks will be a test and we look forward to the challengers we will face. The girls worked hard tonight and at times showed moments of greatness. It was great to see them playing well together and having fun on the court.”