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Dickinson State seniors Dawne Degel, left, Mariah Duran, center, and Jess Bygate smile as the crowd gives them a standing ovation during Saturday’s game against Carroll College at Scott Gymnasium.
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson State seniors Dawne Degel, left, Mariah Duran, center, and Jess Bygate smile as the crowd gives them a standing ovation during Saturday’s game against Carroll College at Scott Gymnasium.

Blue Hawks win in home finale

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It was do or die for the Dickinson State women’s basketball team, with a win in its home finale at stake.

The Blue Hawks came out firing on all cylinders, gaining and keeping their lead and defeated Carroll College (Mont.) 59-49 in a Frontier Conference game Saturday afternoon at Scott Gymnasium.

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“The whole game was so much fun, definitely the funnest game I ever played over here,” senior forward Jess Bygate said. “So much emotion but it was good. Everyone was on the same page offensively and defensively.”

DSU (14-14, 4-9 Frontier) had an 11-point lead over Carroll (13-12, 6-8 Frontier) 4 minutes, 54 seconds into the second half, but the Blue Hawks began to fade and the Saints crept back into contention. Carroll scored nine unanswered points to be down 38-36 as sophomore Katie Estey — finished with a game-high 13 points — accounted for five of them.

With the realization the game could be lost, the Blue Hawks picked up the pace and went on a 12-point run starting with junior forward Ja’Lisa Gatlin’s 3-pointer. From then on, the Blue Hawks were in total control.

DSU’s three seniors, Jess Bygate, Mariah Duran and Dawne Degel, had strong performances for their final career home game and finished with 13, 11 and 6 points, respectfully. Duran finished with a game-high five assists.

“I wanted this one in the worst way,” Graupe said, smiling. “It’s been eating at me. This one I wanted for the seniors.”

The energy was high from the beginning of the first half, as the Blue Hawks stormed out to an 8-0 lead and ran their lead up to 13 points with 11 minutes, 6 seconds to go. Bygate, Duran and Degel combined for 24 of the team’s 31 points in the first and were guided by Bygate with 11 points and six rebounds.

“Before the game, we said let’s leave it out on the court tonight and stuff and I think we did that,” Duran said. “We started the game so well and were so pumped I feel like it never really went away.”

DSU overall finished 21 for 56 (38 percent) from the field, 5 for 9 (56 percent) in 3-pointers and outrebounded Carroll 50-33. Graupe said the team’s defensive effort was on point and kept the Saints at bay the entire game. Carroll finished shooting 17 for 57 (30 percent) and 7 for 31 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.

DSU only has two regular season games left and travels to Montana State-Northern for a 6 p.m. game on Thursday. Degel credits the team’s momentum to actually having a concrete reason to win, in Saturday’s case to send the seniors out on top. When the team plays for something bigger than themselves,

“It happened at the beginning of the year too,” she said. “We were playing for Janae (Moore) or we were playing for something greater for the team, for ourselves and that’s why we won and went on a winning streak in the beginning.

“I’m hoping we can end it with a nice winning streak.”

CARROLL (RECORD): Baylee Watson 3-8 1-1 8, Jordan Bagley 4-8 3-5 11, Kalee Junkermier 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Snelling 2-12 0-0 6, Katie Estey 5-13 1-1 13, Mikaly Osborne 1-4 2-2 5, Jordan Pfau 1-7 0-0 3, Jordan Johnston 1-2 1-3 3, Kaye Bignell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-57 8-12 49.

DICKINSON STATE (RECORD): Jess Bygate 6-9 1-1 13, Jalyn Klauzer 1-5 2-6 4, Dawne Degel 3-8 0-0 6, Mariah Duran 3-5 3-4 11, TaRicka Linzy 3-11 4-6 12, Ja’Lisa Gatlin 3-6 2-3 9, JaiDah Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, Keshawnee Alley 2-10 0-2 4, Rachael McDonough 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-56 12-22 59.

Halftime: 33-21. Total fouls: C 17, DSU 17. 3-point goals: C 7-31 (Watson 1-2, Snelling 2-11, Estey 2-8, Osborne 1-2, Pfau 1-6, Johnston 0-1), DSU 5-9 (Duran 2-3, Linzy 2-5, Gatlin 1-1). Rebounds: C 33 (Bagley 8), DSU 50 (Klauzer 11). Assists: C 8 (Snelling 3), DSU 10 (Duran 5). Steals: C 11 (Watson, Bagley, Snelling 2), DSU 13 (Degel 2). Blocks: C none, DSU 2 (Degel, Linzy). Turnovers: C 18 (Snelling 4), DSU 13 (Alley 4).

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