Titans hit boards in win over Mott-RegentDickinson Trinity didn’t have a good night shooting the basketball and the Titans had too many turnovers for their coaches’ taste.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Dickinson Trinity didn’t have a good night shooting the basketball and the Titans had too many turnovers for their coaches’ taste.
But, when all else failed, Trinity did a banner job of giving itself second chances.
The Titans had 52 rebounds, including 25 on the offensive end, as they pulled away early and then withstood Mott-Regent’s late surge for a 53-39 Region 7 girls basketball victory Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We keep telling the kids, basically what we outrebound a team by is what we win by on the scoreboard,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said.
The Titans (10-4) won their sixth game in a row by using a balanced effort that generated many second-chance points.
Junior Katelyn Grinsteinner had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists while junior Rachel Jahner facilitated much of the action with nine points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Freshman Kennedy Keator added nine points off the bench and freshman Allana Sickler had six points before leaving the game with a left ankle injury in the third quarter, which was the breakaway session for the Titans.
“We played hard,” Grinsteinner said. “We tried doing some things offensively. We tried to get every girl going. Lots of girls were doing good things defensively and we just tried coming out and going hard as a team.”
After leading 23-18 at halftime, Grinsteinner came out and buried a 3-pointer to spark the Titans.
Sickler followed that up with four points while the Wildfire (6-8) struggled to get their offense in sync.
Grinsteinner added a pair of layups late in the quarter as Trinity outscored Mott-Regent 17-4 in the frame to take a 40-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Wildfire’s struggles compounded in the third quarter.
“We need to learn how to be a better shooting team from the outside, work the ball around and get good shots when we take them,” Mott-Regent head coach Brad Greff said. “We don’t do that. We pass up some good shots when we’re open.”
Trinity shot 23 of 74 (31 percent) from the field while Mott-Regent was 13 of 55 (24 percent). The Wildfire committed 32 turnovers to the Titans’ 22.
Senior McKayla Roll had 12 points and five rebounds for the Wildfire while senior Naomi Meier added 10 points and six boards.
The Wildfire outscored Trinity 17-14 in the fourth quarter. But, the Titans leaned on Jahner, Grinsteinner and Keator to keep them well ahead.
“I thought our decision making, especially in the fourth quarter when we had the lead, was real poor,” Barman said. “We were forcing passes. We were forcing shots that we didn’t need to be forcing. I saw some nice things out of some kids defensively, but we have to be smarter this time of the year than we were tonight.”
Trinity continues District 14 play when it hosts Richardton-Taylor at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Titans have won their first three league games and would lock up a first-round bye in the district tournament with a win.
Barman said Trinity will have to do something it didn’t do against Mott-Regent if it wants to beat the Raiders — make its easy shots.
“We missed a lot of bunnies down there,” Barman said. “Not just our bigs but some of our guards too. At this time of the year, we have to be able to finish those and we have to be able to go up strong.”
MR 4 18 22 39
Trinity 10 23 40 53
MR: McKayla Roll 12, Naomi Meier 10, Marah Friez 7, Alyssa Olin 6, Abby Honeyman 4.
T: Katelyn Grinsteinner 13, Rachel Jahner 9, Kennedy Keator 9, Alanna Sickler 6, Madison Jahner 4, Brianna Soehren 4, Gretchen Weir 4, Allison Steffan 2, Jillian Stockert 2.
3-pointers: MR 2 (Roll 2), T 3 (Grinsteinner, R. Jahner, Keator). Free throws: MR 11-13, T 4-6. Total fouls: MR 12, T 16. Rebounds: MR 42 (Meier 6), T 52 (Grinsteinner 8, Soehren 8). Assists: MR 7 (Olin 3), T 16 (R. Jahner 7). Steals: MR 12 (Honeyman 5), T 14 (Stockert 3). Blocks: MR 3 (Honeyman 2), T 2 (Grinsteinner, Weir). Turnovers: MR 32, T 22.