Sickler, Trinity handle Watford City
The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team have been winning games, but have been struggling to play a full four quarters.
However, it wasn’t enough as Trinity had a trio of double-digit scores to defeat Watford City 64-48 during a nonconference game on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“Third quarter we gave up 23 points, every other quarter we did a better job defensively,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. “Again we saw some of our other girls step up for us … they did a lot of great things for us tonight.”
The three Trinity players to finish in double figures were Alanna Sickler with a game-high 16 points, while Katelyn Grinsteinner had 14 and Kennedy Keator added 13.
Trinity (16-4) held a huge 41-13 lead at the half, but came out completely flat in the third quarter.
Watford City (14-5) scored the first two baskets in the first minute and went on a 19-6 run led by senior forward Amanda Mogen and sophomore center Katie Mogen, who had eight and six points, respectively. Katie had a team-high 13 points while Amanda followed with 12.
Although the Wolves came out with more intensity than it did in the first half, the 28-point deficit was too far to overcome and couldn’t gain ground in the fourth quarter.
“We just came out flat in the third quarter and they came out hard at us and we kind of freaked out a little bit,” said Grinsteinner, a senior guard.
With 4:50 left in the game, Watford City junior guard Kara Langerud drove in for a layup and drew the foul.
After she sank the foul shot, Watford City was down 56-44, the closest they were able to get in the second half. But Trinity’s Madison Jahner, Sickler and Grinsteinner hit consecutive shots to help maintain its lead over the Wolves.
“At halftime, we challenged them about playing like we’re capable of playing and we wanted to leave the court today feeling halfway decent and we did,” Watford City head coach John Zenz said. “We really came out and competed the second half and dug ourselves such a huge hold it was a matter of go out play hard, play well.”
Watford City scored first in every quarter. The Wolves took a 3-0 lead to open the first quarter. However, Trinity responded and finished out the quarter with a 21-5 lead.
Trinity’s defense and intensity was on point in the first half, limiting their opponent to 13 points and avoiding the comeback with 12 points in the fourth.
“Our intensity was really good in the first half was really good,” Grinsteinner said. “We came out hard and our help side was there, we stepped in when they drove into the lane.”
Trinity has one game left before the Region 7 Tournament. The team hosts New England at 7 p.m. Friday and will focus this week on trying to play a full game and help each player reach their potential.
“New England, they’re a really good team and they’re gonna come hard at us,” Grinsteinner said. “So this week in practice we need to go in with a mentality that we’re gonna make each other better every single day.”
Watford City 21 41 52 64
Trinity 5 13 36 48
WC: Katie Mogen 13, Amanda Mogen 12, Ricki Lindley 8, Kara Langerud 6, Kaytlyn Grimes 5, Lea Arndt 2, Jeanna Zenz 2
T: Alanna Sickler 16, Katelyn Grinsteinner 14, Kennedy Keator 13, Madison Jahner 8, Rachel Jahner 7, Jillian Stockert 2, Molly Schweitzer 2
3-pointers: WC none, T 5 (Keator 2, M. Jahner 2, R. Jahner 1). Free throws: WC 8-17, T 5-7. Total fouls: WC 15, T 16. Fouled out: WC, Katie Mogen; T, Stockert, Brianna Soehren. Records: WC 14-5, T 16-4.