No. 10 New Town bottles up Trinity, cruises to win
New Town did what it does best Friday afternoon against Dickinson Trinity.
The No. 10-ranked Eagles took advantage of every opportunity the Titans gave them.
A suffocating full-court defense forced 30 Trinity turnovers and helped New Town score points off them as it cruised to a 71-49 non-region girls basketball victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"We wanted to come out and establish a bit of physicality and play a little tougher," New Town head coach Orville Drosdal said.
The Eagles (3-1) sure did that, committing 10 fouls in the first 11 minutes, but establishing a 25-17 lead nonetheless.
Trinity head coach Alysia Barman called the 6-minute span at the end of the second quarter and start of the third the most important part of the game.
New Town -- already coming off a 9-0 run that helped it build a 32-17 lead -- outscored the Titans 16-9 over those 6 minutes even though several of its key contributors were on the bench in foul trouble.
It was the perfect window of opportunity Barman said the Titans let slip by. When it was over, the Eagles had stretched a 15-point lead that appeared manageable to a 48-26 lead that seemed insurmountable.
"We kind of started to get a few things going, got a few of their girls in foul trouble and then we laid back and didn't attack," Barman said. "We didn't go at the rim, we settled for outside jump shots. The things that had gotten them into foul trouble, we quit doing those things. To start the third quarter, we came out weak, we came out scared."
New Town capitalized, building their lead to 55-37 after three quarters.
Gabrielle Wilkinson and Viola Wise Spirit each scored 13 points to lead the Eagles, whose only loss this season came against No. 1-ranked Minot Ryan. Baeleigh Brady added 12 points, Mia Wilkinson had 11 points and five rebounds and LaRiah Quick Bear scored 10.
New Town shot as 31 of 61 (51 percent) from the field.
Offensive flow just wasn't there for the Titans (2-2), who were 16 of 40 (40 percent) from the field.
Junior Rachel Jahner led Trinity with 16 points, four assists and four steals. Freshman Kennedy Keator came off the bench to score 13 points and junior Katelyn Grinsteinner added 12.
"When we did attack, we got some easy layups," Jahner said. "When we ran things right, it was good. But sometimes we just let down and that's when they went on their runs."
The Titans' next assignment isn't any easier as they host three-time defending Region 7 champion Beach at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.
Barman said Trinity has to resolve its issues with momentary letdowns before they host the Buccaneers.
"We like to take a time period off every game," Barman said. "We've got to make sure we play 32 minutes. We can't get outworked."
NT 19 39 55 71
Trinity 14 23 37 49
NT: Gabrielle Wilkinson 13, Viola Wise Spirit 13, Baeleigh Brady 12, Mia Wilkinson 11, LaRiah Quick Bear 10, Jasmyne Big Crow 6, Taylor McGrady 2, Kirah Morsette 2, Jaye Don Two Bears 2.
T: Rachel Jahner 16, Kennedy Keator 13, Katelyn Grinsteinner 12, Gretchen Weir 4, Allison Steffan 2, Jillian Stockert 1.
3-pointers: NT 4 (Wise Spirit 2, Brady 1, M. Wilkinson 1), T 6 (Jahner 4, Grinsteinner 2). Free throws: NT 5-10, T 11-14. Total fouls: NT 18, T 9. Rebounds: NT 31 (M. Wilkinson 5), T 29 (Weir 5). Assists: NT 21 (McGrady 4, G. Wilkinson 4), T 11 (Jahner 4). Steals: NT 16 (Big Crow 3, Wise Spirit 3), T 9 (Jahner 4). Turnovers: NT 16, T 30. Records: NT 3-1, T 2-2.