Titans top Tigers in season finale
The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team capped its regular season off with a six-game win streak.
“We came out a little flat, we needed to have higher intensity and we worked hard on defense,” Trinity senior guard Katelyn Grinsteinner said. “But we need to really focus on finishing our layups on the offensive end.”
In the past, Trinity struggled finding its intensity in the opening quarter and still couldn’t find it Friday.
New England took advantage of the Titans’ lethargic game and forced penalties. In the first half alone, the Tigers went 6 for 10 at the free-throw line and 13 for 21 overall. Trinity went 6 for 10 for the entire game.
Despite the penalties, Trinity’s defense was on point and caused New England to turn the ball over. The Tigers turned the ball over 14 times in the first half — 26 total — as Trinity’s defense also held them to single digit points in the first three quarters.
“Our girls do a great job of jumping and our bigs are fast too,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said about the team’s defensive performance. “There’s still some things, we need to jump to the ball better handling ball screens, we have to be better at that. But we pride ourselves on is our defense and offense starts with our defense.”
New England senior forward Hannah Nordby, who finished with game-high 20 points and added six rebounds, went 2 of 2 at the free-throw in the first 15 seconds of the third quarter to lessen the deficit to 25-18. But Trinity picked up its power and scored eight unanswered points between Grinsteinner and sophomore center Brianna Soehren.
Soehren finished tied for a team-high 15 points. Sophomore forward Alanna Sickler ended with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Grinsteinner added 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Trinity continued to put up the points and built up a 17-point lead, with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in the third but it wasn’t the last from New England. The Tigers chipped away and came as close as 41-35 after Nordby hit a 3-pointer from the corner. But the damage was already done and the team couldn’t make the comeback it wanted to in the end.
“I was happy with the way our girls played in the second half,” New England head coach Jason Jung said. “They didn’t give up, they had the energy in the second half and it’s nice to see that heading into the regional tournament that we end up more on a positive note than in the first.”
Trinity outrebounded New England 42-34 with 19 offensive rebounds and doubled the team in steals, 24-12.
As the regular season closes, Trinity put together an impressive 10-1 Region 7 record led by its four seniors, Grinsteinner, Rachel Jahner, Jillian Stockert and Molly Schweitzer.
With the end of her career in sight, Grinsteinner said she cherished her time at Trinity and fortunate to have played with a good group of girls.
“It’s been really great to have the opportunity to go out with these girls every single game and we push each other in practice every day,” Grinsteinner said. “It’s really a privilege to be able to put on that jersey and play.”
Barman added: “…As group, these four girls have just been outstanding leaders, are truly a symbol for what our program stands for. They’re every example of what we want a Trinity girls basketball player to be.”
The season’s not over yet. The Titans have secured the No. 2-seed for the Region 7 Tournament which starts March 10. The Titans have a week to prepare and will not let overlook any opponent they face.
“We just need to make sure we’re going into the tournament and we’re not overlooking anybody,” Barman said. “We take it game by game, quarter by quarter. We can’t let up at any point.”
New England 8 15 24 42
Trinity 12 25 37 56
NE: Hannah Nordby 20, Gabbi Hanson 11, Ashley Plaggemeyer 4, Victoria Koch 3, Jenna Ehlis 2, Autumn Wolf 2
T: Alanna Sickler 15, Brianna Soehren 15, Katelyn Grinsteinner 10, Rachel Jahner 8, Jillian Stockert 4, Madison Jahner 2, Kennedy Keator 2
3-pointers: NE 3 (Hanson), T 2 (R. Jahner). Free throws: NE 13-21, T 6-10. Total fouls: NE 12, T 22. Fouled out: T, Stockert. Rebounds: NE 34 (Taylor Hewson 9), T 42 (Sickler 11). Assists: NE 4 (Hewson 2), T 11 (M. Jahner 5). Steals: NE 12 (Hanson, Ehlis, Hewson 2), T 24 (M. Jahner, Stockert 4). Blocks: NE 1 (Plaggemeyer), T 1 (Sickler 1). Turnovers: NE 26, T 15. Records: NE 15-6 (Region 10-5), T 17-5 (Region 10-1).