Breaking away: Trinity blasts Beulah in 4th quarter for semifinal win
It took Dickinson Trinity three quarters to shake off the rust Saturday night.
Once the Titans did, they showed why they are the top-seeded team in the District 14 girls basketball tournament.
Katelyn Grinsteinner scored 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a stretch of 10 unanswered, to help Trinity turn a seven-point lead going into the final frame into a 69-38 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Beulah at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"We definitely had a little bit of nerves coming into this game, but we went hard in practice this week and stayed focused and it showed on the court tonight," said Grinsteinner, who also had seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Trinity outscored the Miners 27-3 in the fourth quarter and 47-17 in the second half after going into halftime leading 22-21.
Statistically, the Titans held the edge. They forced 34 turnovers and committed just 13, held a 45-35 edge on the boards and attempted 81 shots from the field compared to Beulah's 32 -- though both teams shot 35 percent from the field.
"We told the girls at halftime that we were wearing on them," Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. "They just had to keep sticking with it and it would pay off in the second half. I thought, as a group, we really stepped up and did a nice job of that. We were constantly pressuring the ball the entire game. But, it showed in the third and fourth quarter when they started getting more tired."
The Titans will face third-seeded Hazen at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the championship game while Beulah falls back to the region-qualifier game, where they'll play Hebron-Glen Ullin at 6 p.m. with the winner reaching the Region 7 Tournament.
Rachel Jahner, who scored a game-high 20 points, helped the Titans break free early in the third quarter with a jumper and a 3-pointer in a span of half a minute that put the Titans ahead 29-25. They held that four-point lead most of the third before Jahner and Grinsteinner each added layups in the final 25 seconds to give Trinity a 42-35 lead going into the fourth.
From there, the Titans rolled.
Beulah's only field goal of the quarter came when from Shawnee Unruh on a layup in the first minute.
Defense and multiple shot attempts and offensive rebounds on misses put Trinity in position to pull away.
"We really challenged the girls to go out and get more, especially offensive rebounds (in the second half)," Barman said. "We thought we had more opportunities that we weren't capitalizing on in the first half and I thought we did a better job of that in the second half."
Beulah head coach Rick Miller said when a team has more turnovers than field-goal attempts, things aren't going to go well.
Lakin Kessler had nine points and three steals for the Miners while Jamie Murschel added eight points and seven rebounds and Delaney Johansen had eight points, six rebounds and six assists.
"We always preach, we want shots not turnovers," Miller said. "Their press got to us in the third quarter. They were aggressive and combined with our fatigue, we just had way too many turnovers and they took advantage of it."
Beulah 9 21 35 38
Trinity 10 22 42 69
B: Lakin Kessler 9, Jamie Murschel 8, Delaney Johansen 8, Kelsie Schmidt 7, Shawnee Unruh 6.
T: Rachel Jahner 20, Katelyn Grinsteinner 17, Madison Jahner 8, Katelyn Rummel 6, Kennedy Keator 4, Alanna Sickler 4, Brianna Soehren 4, Jillian Stockert 4, Gretchen Weir 2.
3-pointers: B 1 (Johansen), T 6 (R. Jahner 4, Grinsteinner 2). Free throws: B 15-22, T 5-9. Total fouls: B 13, T 20. Rebounds: B 35 (Murschel 7), T 45 (Stockert 9). Assists: B 10 (Johansen 6), T 16 (Jahner 6). Steals: B 7 (Kessler 3), T 22 (M. Jahner 4). Blocks: B 4 (Kessler), T 4 (Sickler 2). Turnovers: B 34, T 13.