Plummer leads defensive assault
The third quarter couldn't have gone any better for Dickinson Trinity and been any bleaker for New Town.
Sheyenne Plummer had 12 points and six steals in the third quarter -- including four steals and four points in a 30-second span -- and helped the Titans break open a tight game at halftime and cruise to a 72-36 nonconference girls basketball victory.
The Titans' senior point guard finished with 18 points, seven steals and four assists.
Plummer's effort helped Trinity go on a tear in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 31-2.
"We came out a little bit flat in the first half, so we really wanted to step it up and come out strong in the second half," Plummer said.
Despite it being parents night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Trinity felt like it was in a bit of a funk early on.
"The atmosphere was not real good tonight," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said. "We talked about that at halftime. Even though the atmosphere isn't real great, our practices are more intense than what we came out with."
So, the Titans took it upon themselves to pump up a sparse crowd -- the Trinity boys basketball team was on the road at Glen Ullin-Hebron, cutting into the team's fan turnout -- with a stifling defense that rarely allowed New Town to get into an offensive rhythm in the second half.
"We were definitely disappointed in that third quarter and the second half, both defensively and offensively," Orville Drosdal said.
New Town (9-5) got off to a great start, keeping pace with the Titans (11-4) throughout the first quarter and much of the second.
A fast-paced first quarter played to the Eagles' strengths.
They used several fast-break opportunities to get easy baskets and senior Shayna Taft scored 11 points in the quarter.
But, Trinity slowed the tempo a bit in the second quarter and, as getting shots to fall became a struggle for both sides, the Titans found ways to increase their lead to 26-21 by halftime.
Trinity senior Marinna Marsh scored the first five points of the third quarter and after New Town's Alvina Wolf made a layup with 6:17 remaining too cut Trinity's lead back to 31-23.
From there on out, the game was Trinity's.
Plummer knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:06 left, sparking a 26-0 run that lasted the rest of the quarter.
"We said, the first four minutes of the third quarter, we need to put this thing away and Sheyenne really led the punch for us," Hugret said.
Trinity forced 24 New Town turnovers and had 20 steals.
Breanna Messer added 13 points and six rebounds and Marsh had 12 points for the Titans.
The Titans return to the floor at 7 p.m. Saturday with a District 14 game against Beulah. Hugret said tonight's second-half performance proved the team is on a good path as the postseason approaches.
"This is definitely not the time of the year right yet that we need to peak, but we need to start climbing up," Hugret said. "... We can't afford to take any steps backward at this point."
New Town 15 21 23 36
Trinity 18 26 57 72
NT: Shayna Taft 14, Alvina Wolf 6, Hope Baker 4, Cheyenne Brady 3, Shelby Baker 2, Jayli Fimbres 2, Alyssa Alberts 2, Cardyn Wolf 2.
T: Sheyenne Plummer 18, Breanna Messer 13, Marinna Marsh 12, Mackenzie Glasser 7, Shannon Ernst 6, Emily Gordon 6, Katie Kovash 5, Avery Jirges 4, Ashley Sickler 1.
3-pointers: S. Taft, Glasser, Plummer. Free throws: NT 8-12, T 14-18. Total fouls: NT 16, DT 13. Rebounds: NT 29 (three with 5), DT 35 (Messer 6). Assists: NT 6 (S. Taft 3, S. Baker 3), DT 7 (Plummer 4). Steals: NT 6 (S. Baker 2), DT 20 (Plummer 7). Turnovers: NT 24, DT 14. Records: Trinity 11-4, NT 9-5.