Stewart, No. 1 Lions rock Trinity
Minot Ryan has been building toward a game like it had Friday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
The No. 1-ranked team in Class B girls basketball made beating a previously unbeaten Dickinson Trinity team look easy.
Ryan sophomore center Hannah Stewart had 30 points and 10 rebounds as her team picked up a 69-24 non-region victory in Trinity's home opener.
"That's how we've been wanting to play all year," Stewart said. "I think this was a game where we really wanted to prove who we are and how we play."
Ryan (3-0) was just too much for the Titans (2-1).
The Lions scored 22 unanswered points over a span of 8 and a half minutes in the first and second quarters and established a dominant presence in the paint.
That run, which lasted until Gretchen Weir put back her own missed shot in the post with 5:19 left in the second quarter, gave the Lions a 28-4 lead.
"I was disappointed with our aggressiveness," Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. "I thought we played timid. We played scared the whole game."
Trinity shot 9 of 51 (18 percent) from the field and was outrebounded 44-33 as Stewart and fellow 6-foot-1 sophomore Gabbie Bohl controlled the interior.
Bohl finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Anika Rovig added 11 points for the Lions.
"I told them before the game that they better not take their Christmas break early," Ryan head coach Julie Stewart said. "They came out with some intensity on defense and we cut down on the turnovers. We've been working on that all week and we were much better at taking care of the basketball."
The Lions led 43-11 at halftime and didn't allow Trinity to score in the third quarter as it built a 57-11 lead.
Junior Katelyn Grinsteinner led the Titans with nine points. Weir had five points and four boards.
For Trinity, it was a game they hope to learn from yet quickly forget about at the same time.
The Titans host No. 9-ranked New Town on Dec. 28 -- Ryan beat the Eagles 66-51 last weekend on a neutral floor -- and then play three-time defending Region 7 champion Beach at home on Jan. 3.
Trinity will be looking for a better performance than it had Friday night, Barman said.
"We didn't implement the simple things that are part of our defensive philosophy," she said. "Our offensive philosophy -- attacking, putting pressure on Ryan's defense -- we didn't do that at any point."
Ryan 21 43 57 69
Trinity 4 11 11 24
R: Hannah Stewart 30, Gabbie Bohl 12, Anika Rovig 11, Sheyenne Schmidt 8, Maddie Wald 2, Kelly Kasper 2, Lauren Leidholt 2, Quinn Harmon 2.
T: Katelyn Grinsteinner 9, Gretchen Weir 5, Rachel Jahner 4, Kennedy Keator 4, Jillian Stockert 2.
3-pointers: R 5 (Rovig 3, Schmidt 2), T 0.
Free throws: R 6-10, T 6-9. Total fouls: R 7, T 7. Rebounds: R 44 (Stewart 10), T 33 (Brianna Soehren 5). Assists: R 16 (Harmon 5), T 3 (Grinsteinner 2). Steals: R 14 (Bohl 5), T 7 (Jahner 5). Blocks: R 4 (Stewart 2), T 0. Turnovers: R 9, T 19. Records: R 3-0, T 2-1.