Trinity falls to Beulah, Bowman County blasts Belfield

Jan. 24—SOUTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA — Some separation is opening up in the top-five of regional basketball in Division A and B, and there have been some surprises up-and-down the standings in recent days. With Trinity's loss to the Miners on Tuesday, that places the Titans squarely in second place in Region 4, while the Bowman County boys and girls teams are opening up some distance in Division B/Region 3-District 5.

In Beulah, the Miners rose to the top of Division A-Region 4 with their win, and they stand at 9-2 overall and 1-0, a half-game ahead of Trinity (7-5, 1-1) in the standings. BHS jumped out in front after the first frame, 18-13 and added to their advantage with a 15-13 second quarter. Cade Fitterer had a solid, 6-point first half, but Jake Shobe has come back from his wrist injury like gangbusters and scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the opening 16 minutes of play.

Meanwhile, the Miners struck gold with Braylen Schirado's 11 and 9 more from Trace Beauchamp in the first half, and the two would eventually load up for 20 points or more in the game.

Shobe was consistent down the stretch with 8 second-half points, but the Titans were limited to single-digits in a crucial third-quarter run, while Beulah raced to 20 in the eight minutes after the halftime break.

Trinity came roaring back with a 22-point final frame, with Emerson Simnioniw knocking down a trio of 3-pointers on his way to a double-digit total of 12, while Fitterer scored 6 more to give him 12 on the night. But Beulah was able to hold the visitors off with 15 fourth-quarter points — as Beauchamp ended up with 24 and Schirado notched 20 — to maintain their advantage on the way to the win.

Champ Hettich also ended up in double-figures for the Miners with 10.

Next-up for Trinity will be a non-divisional home game versus Bismarck St. Mary's on Feb. 1, while the Miners will host Wahpeton on Jan. 26.

In a Division B/Region 3-District 5 showdown on Jan. 23, the Bowman County Bulldogs (11-2 overall, 7-0 district) took another game in what looks to be a potentially-unstoppable run to the district title, more-than doubling-up the Bantams, 56-24. The Bulldogs' "big-three" all ended up in double-figures for the visitors, while no Belfield athlete was able to cross the 10-point barrier.

BCHS hurdled the home-team early with a 30-11 advantage after the first half, with Sophia Headley scoring 9 and Jaci Fischer dropping in a pair of tres on her way to 8 first-half points. Meanwhile, Raegen Honeyman scored 5 of her double-digit 15 before the break.

Belfield could not find their shooting touch in the game, being limited to single-digit scoring in every quarter, but Abby Talkington did come away with a team-high 7 points.

The second half was more of the same dominance for the 'Dawgs, with Headley throwing down a total of 11 and Fischer draining another pair of 3s on her way to a game-high 17.

Next-up for BCHS will be at Faith, SD on Thursday, Jan. 25, while Belfield (8-5, 5-3) will be at Hettinger-Scranton the same day for a Region 3-District 5 matchup.

The Flasher Bulldogs (12-6, 7-1) remain neck-and-neck with their Bowman County Bulldog counterparts after a 49-45 win over Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday night. The game was close throughout as Flasher took a slim 14-12 lead into the second period and kept on the pressure with a 14-point quarter just before the break. The 28-22 advantage was built on the strength of Rylee Fleck and her 9 points, while the Raiders responded with a pair of 3s from AshLynn Christensen, who would end up tied for the team-high with 12 points.

RTHS came charging back to close within 2 points in the third quarter as Jenna Schutt scored 6 of her 12 points, but Fleck kept up the pressure and scored 8 more on her way to a game-high 17. Olivia Earhardt came close to double-digits with 9 for the Bulldogs and Kiera Kitzan notched 8 for the Raiders, who also shot well from the free-throw line and converted 10-of-14.

Next-up for Richardton-Taylor (7-8, 2-3) will be a trip to Grant County/Mott-Regent on Jan. 25, while Flasher will hosting the same team on Jan. 29 in their next DA/R3-D5 matchup.

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