Streaking Beulah rolls past Trinity
The Beulah girls basketball team is beginning to put all the pieces together and showed just how dangerous it can be when that happens Tuesday night.
The Miners kept Dickinson Trinity bottled up in the first half and didn't let up en route to a 69-54 District 14 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"Finally, we're starting to get everything together," Beulah senior guard Nichole Lorenz said.
The Miners (6-8, 3-0 District 14) have won three in a row and sit atop the district after starting the season 1-6.
"The last few games, we've been kind of getting some things going," Beulah head coach Rick Miller said. "Our scoring has been there. We went through a lull there where we were having trouble scoring baskets. The last three games, the last two-and-a-half weeks, we've been able to score the basketball."
Kaycee Link, a 6-foot-1 senior center, cleaned up the middle to the tune of 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks to lead the Miners, who shot 41 percent (26 of 64) from the field and had a balanced night scoring the basketball.
Meghan Battest finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, Lakin Kessler had eight points and eight boards, Anna Iverson scored eight points. Cheyanne Pederson added nine points, all on 3-pointers.
"We didn't have all five girls in the right spot defensively for too much of the game," Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. "Those are just easy breakdowns and those are just mental things. We need to be stronger. We need to quit using our youth as an excuse. ... We'd have four girls in the right spot and one girl not. Then we'd have a breakdown. It's just little things like that."
Beulah broke out to a 19-11 lead after the first quarter and stretched their 30-18 halftime advantage to 35-18 after a 12-0 run that spanned nearly 3 minutes at the end of the second quarter and start of the third.
Trinity (8-6, 2-1 District 14) cut into the lead several times, even making it a two-possession game, 51-45, when sophomore Rachel Jahner buried a 3-pointer from the right corner 57 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Miners didn't panic, however, and went on a 9-2 run over the next 3:35 to break away for good.
"We just seemed like we knew where everyone was going to be and it worked out really well," Lorenz said.
Nikki Grinsteinner had a game-high 19 points to lead Trinity. She added eight rebounds, four blocks and four steals.
Jahner chipped in 11 points and Kelsey Deichert had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Barman said the loss showed the Titans how much work they have to do as the clock begins ticking toward postseason tournament time.
"At this level, we can't take a possession off," Barman said. "There can't be any breaks. We have to find who's going to do that every, single time out there on the floor."
Beulah 19 30 51 69
Trinity 11 18 40 54
B: Kaycee Link 18, Nichole Lorenz 11, Cheyanne Pederson 9, Lakin Kessler 8, Meghan Battest 8, Anna Iverson 8, Nicole Schramm 7.
T: Nikki Grinsteinner 19, Rachel Jahner 11, Kelsey Deichert 10, Andrea Jirges 6, Jillian Stockert 5, Kelbie Ficek 2, Katelyn Grinsteinner 1.
3-pointers: B 4 (Pederson 3, Lorenz 1), T 6 (Jahner 3, Deichert 2, Stockert 1). Free throws: B 13-19, T 10-19. Total fouls: B 15, T 18. Rebounds: B 49 (Battest 11), T 46 (N. Grinsteinner 8). Assists: B 5 (Schramm 2, Lorenz 2), T 6 (Jirges 2). Steals: B 10 (Lorenz 5), T 10 (N. Grinsteinner 4). Blocks: B 7 (Link 3, Battest 3), T 5 (N. Grinsteinner 5). Records: Beulah 6-8, 3-0 District 14; Trinity 8-6, 2-1 District 14.