Miners upset Bearcats in semi-finals

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Although the two teams were seeded two and three going into the District 8C Tournament, Denton-Geyser-Stanford seemed to be the favorite on paper when the Bearcats and Centerville boys’ team met in the final semi-final game on Friday night at the FHS Fieldhouse. The Bearcats had defeated the Miners twice during regular season play, both times by double-digits. On Friday, the Bearcats may have been looking past Centerville in anticipation of a rematch in the final against Belt.
Whatever the case when the final whistle blew at almost 10 p.m. on Friday night, the Miners stunned the Bearcats, 54-51, to advance to the championship game against Belt and, more importantly, had punched their ticket to the Northern C Divisional Tournament.
The young Miners were able to match the seasoned Bearcats point-for-point throughout the tightly, and sometimes heated, contest between the two District 8C foes. 
DGS took an early 9-6 lead after the first quarter and led, 23-18, at halftime. Junior Brandon Travis’ 8 points in the second quarter kept the Miners close.
DGS maintained its lead until a 3-point bucket by Centerville’s Briggs Judd put the Miners in the lead, 30-29, with 3:20 left in the third quarter. After a DGS timeout, Rhet Woodhall scored on a layup to give the lead back to the Bearcats.
Sean Bronec was called for a flagrant foul later in the period. The foul not only gave the Miners possession of the ball, but also two free throws, which were converted by Carson McGinness. A Centerville field goal put the Miners up by three, 34-31.
Now it was time for Woodhall to take over the game. He hit back-to-back 3-point baskets to give the lead back to the Bearcats, 37-34. The third quarter ended with Keaton Protsman scoring on two free throws with just one second on the clock. The Bearcats led, 40-38, heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Two quick layups on steals by Woodhall gave the Bearcats some breathing room in the beginning of the third period when they went up 46-38. But the Miners came back just as quickly thanks to the hot hand of Judd who scored on a field goal off an offensive rebound and then hit a three of his own. After Kade Landon scored and Travis hit a 3-point basket, the Miners were back in the lead, 48-46, with 4:39 left in the contest. Woodhall was hit with a technical foul a short time later. When Bronec fouled out, the wind had been taken out of the sails of the Bearcats and the Miners had the win.
Woodhall ended up scoring half of the Bearcat points in the game when he finished the contest with 26. Riley Donaldson and Bronec added 6 points each.
Judd led the Miners in scoring with 23 points. Travis added 15, and Landon finished the contest with 9.

Belt boys and girls, Roy-Winifred girls win in other semi-final contests
The Belt boys and girls won lopsided contests in two of the other three semifinal games. The Belt girls defeated the Tri- City (Moore, Hobson, Judith Gap) girls, 57-31. The Belt boys defeated Tri-City in the first boys’ semi-final contest, 72-43.
In the other girls’ semi-final contest, Roy-Winifred defeated Winnett-Grass Range, 46-40, in a contest that was not decided until the final four minutes of the contest. Winnett-Grass Range led the contest at the end of the first period, 19-16. At halftime, the Lady Rams held a 28-23 lead and led 35-29 at the end of the third period.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Outlaws took their first lead since early in the first period. A field goal by Lorianne Stulc gave Roy-Winnett a 40-39 lead at the 3:26 mark in the fourth quarter. A free throw by Winnett-Grass Range’s Kendra Murnion tied the contest at 40-40. Stulc hit one of two free throws after being fouled on an offensive rebound to give the Lady Outlaws another 1-point lead.
With 1:27 left in the contest, Stulc hit two more free throws to put the Lady Outlaws up, 43-40. After Winnett-Grass Range threw the ball away, the Lady Rams were forced to foul. Roy-Winifred sealed the contest by making three more free throws down the stretch.
Stulc led Roy-Winifred in scoring with 17 points. She had 9 of those points in the fourth quarter. Brietta Boyce and Dyauni Boyce had 8 points each for the Lady Outlaws.
Piper Johnson led Winnett-Grass Range with 17 points. Kita Weingart, Brynn Jolma and Shelby Browning had 6 points each for the Lady Rams.



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