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Lady Blue Hawks fall to Rocky Mountain in rout

Dickinson State junior forward Rojin Karahan tries to navigate out of a corner trap from a pair of Rocky Mountain defenders (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

Turnovers during a sluggish second quarter led to the Blue Hawks' demise as the Dickinson State women's basketball team were routed by Rocky Mountain College 70-38 on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Scott Gymnasium.

It is the Blue Hawks second consecutive home loss and and sixth straight defeat since opening the season 2-0. The 38 points scored Thursday night was the lowest point-total of the season.

"I was disappointed in our game tonight. I was disappointed in our effort," Blue Hawks head coach Liz Lewis said. "The team chemistry wasn't there tonight. We didn't play very well together."

Down by five to open the second quarter, the Blue Hawks (2-6) were careless throughout the period, committing seven turnovers in that frame. The Battlin' Bears lead ballooned to 33-16 entering the halftime break as they held Dickinson State to just five points in that quarter. Dickinson State made four total field goals and had one total assist in the first half.

"I thought we played very selfish basketball which is why we didn't score very many points," Lewis said. "I don't want to take too much credit away from Rocky because they are a very good team, but I feel like tonight offensively, with the turnovers, we weren't on the same page. We didn't execute our offense. We would back-door, not see each other and throw the ball out of bounds. We just weren't on the same page tonight in executing our stuff."

Rocky Mountain (3-0) frontcourt duo of Brooke Jones and Markaele Francis dominated the opening half. Despite the occasional double-team and trap, both Jones and Francis were able to break free from the claws of the Dickinson State defense and operate in the paint, combining to score 17 points on 7-9 shooting.

In the second half, the Battlin' Bears did most of their damage on the perimeter. Battlin' Bear senior guard Mikayla Jones was the recipient of many open looks knocking down four from three-point range.

After being held to 1-11 from three in the first half, Rocky Mountain were 8-18 in the second half.

"You got Francis and Brooke Jones who are very, very good inside. They're just very strong and were able to outmuscle us inside. In the first half, they hurt us there," Lewis said. "From the outside, they were only 1-11 in the first half. Then they came out in the second half and had in rhythm shots because of our lack of effort in our zone. They were able to get into a rhythm and hit wide open shots on us."

Dickinson State was led by junior guard Karen Hopkins with seven points and sophomore guard Jennifer Burnham with six points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Blue Hawks hope to bounce back Friday, Nov. 10 as they host Salish Kootenai College at 5 p.m.

"Tomorrow we need to play strong, not worry about today and come out with a lot of energy," Burnham said. "We just want to forget about today because we didn't really move forward, but tomorrow hopefully we come out strong."

Women's basketball

Rocky Mountain 70, Dickinson State 38

Rocky Mountain (3-0): Leaders: Brooke Jones 12, Mikayla Jones 12, Markaele Francis 9, Hailee Farstveet 9

Dickinson State (2-6): Karen Hopkins 7, Jennifer Burnham 6

Total fouls: RM 22, DSU 15. 3-point goals: RM 9-29 (M. Jones 4-8), DSU 2-17 (Isadora Tasovic 1-4, Riley Helmick 1-5). Rebounds: RM 39 (B. Jones 7), DSU 32 (Burnham 12). Assists: RM 17 (Kiana Corpus 4, B. Jones 4, Farstveet 4), DSU 4 (Tasovic 2). Steals: RM 10 (Farstveet 4), DSU 10 (Burnham 4). Blocks: RM 2, (Olivia James 1, Farstveet 1), DSU 1 (Burnham 1). Turnovers: RM 16, DSU 20.

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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