No. 1-ranked Patriots dominate Midgets
The old adage “We couldn’t buy a basket” was nearly true for the Dickinson High girls basketball team in the first half.
Top-ranked, and two-time defending state champions, Bismarck Century took full advantage and built a 19-point halftime lead and finished with a 62-21 West Region win over Dickinson on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.
“We missed some close shots,” Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. “When the ball doesn’t go in the hole, you start questioning. Sometimes our girls get worried about attacking and we just didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Century head coach Ron Metz added: “We rushed a few shots a little bit in the first half. In the second half, we settled down, got some nice looks and knocked them down.”
Riana Cooper drained Dickinson’s lone field goal with 14 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half.
The rest of the Midgets’ five points came from the free-throw line. Dickinson went 5 of 11 from the charity stripe in the first half.
“We couldn’t really get anything going on offense,” said Cooper, who finished with a team-high seven points. “The shots that we did get up just didn’t fall.”
Century (7-0, 4-0 West Region) built its double-digit, 12-2, lead after Cassidy Wilhelm knocked in a jumper at the 10:27 mark. The Patriots never let the Midgets (1-3, 0-3 West Region) get within 10 points again.
At halftime, Century held a 26-7 lead and continued to outscore the Midgets 34-14 in the second half. Metz wanted to continue playing lockdown defense on Dickinson.
“We only gave up seven points in the first half, so defensively we wanted to clean up little things,” Metz said.
Though the Midgets shot 23 percent better from the field in the second half, they couldn’t make up enough ground on the Patriots. Century shot 41 and 47 percent from the field in the first and second half, respectively.
The Patriots biggest threat on the offensive side was Jordyn Jossart. The senior guard supplied a game-high 21 points, four rebounds and three steals. Jossart was the lone player to score in double digits.
“She’s just done a great job of stepping up this year and being a leader for us offensively,” Metz said.
Dickinson and Century combined for 53 turnovers. The Midgets committed 30 turnovers, while the Patriots had 23.
Sydney Gangl and Meryl Kovacs each had five points for Dickinson. Kovacs had a team-high six rebounds, while Sierra Rohr grabbed four.
The Patriots’ Macy Lynch had eight points, while Jaiden Schutte came off the bench to score seven. Wilhelm, Jen Benz and Kourtney Selensky each had six points. Lynch — 5-foot-11 senior forward — had a team-high six rebounds.
Dickinson is looking to learn from its loss against Century and focus on the future. The Midgets travel to Jamestown for a West Region game at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
“We can learn that we are going to have some good teams to play against,” Gangl said. “We just need to keep our composure and play hard all the time, no matter who are playing.”
Pender added: “We got to start pushing each other harder in practice. Our varsity kids need to get after each other. It’s physically, but sometimes it’s mentally too.”
C: Jordyn Jossart 21, Macy Lynch 8, Jaiden Schuette 7, Kourtney Selensky 6, Jen Benz 6, Cassidy Wilhelm 6, Alaina Fircht 4, McKayla Kolb 3, Katie Scherr 2.
D: Riana Cooper 7, Meryl Kovacs 5, Sydney Gangl 5, Riley Cooper 3, Lillie Meduna 1.
Halftime: C 26-7. 3-pointers: C 5 (Lynch 2, Jossart 1, Benz 1, Kolb 1), D 2 (Gangl 1, Riley Cooper 1). Free throws: C 6-10, D 9-19. Total fouls: C 19, D 11. Rebounds: C 45 (Lynch 6), D 24 (Kovacs 6). Assists: C 19 (Fircht 4), D 1 (Riley Cooper). Steals: C 21 (Lynch 4, Schuette 4), D 8 (three with 2). Turnovers: C 23, D 30.