Tigers tame sloppy Titans: Turnover-riddled Trinity loses home battle against New England
Fighting from behind through three-quarters of the contest, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team could not shield itself from the Tigers' counter attacks.
New England never relinquished their advantage from the second period, cruising to a 62-47 victory over the Titans on Monday, Feb. 5 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"The first thing I need to do is complement New England," Titans head coach Carter Fong said. "They worked incredibly hard for that one. They wanted it badly, it showed. They set a tone early and had us from behind, dictating pace of play and situations the rest of the way, which was huge. It wasn't our best effort tonight, but a lot of that is credit to New England on a very well played game."
Behind the slashing dribble drives from senior guard Josie Glaser and a concerted effort feeding the ball down low to freshman forward Abbey Kubas, the duo combined to score 11 of the 12 Titans' first quarter points.
Trinity led by three at the end of the first period.
Responding with a 9-0 run, New England stormed back through the play of Jordan Kass.
The senior guard was electric throughout the first half, attacking the middle of the lane and getting to the foul line. Midway through the second period, Kass converted a three-point play after drawing contact from Kubas, who had to sit on the bench for the duration of the half with two fouls.
The loss of the 5-foot-11 freshman was two-fold; not only did the Titans lose their most consistent scoring threat, but they were without a defensive presence in the middle.
Kass took advantage, scoring all of her 17 points in the first half.
The Titans (9-9, Region 7 3-5) turned the ball over 10 times in the first 16 minutes of action, trailing 26-17 entering the locker rooms.
"I think they forced some of those turnovers and some of them were unforced," Fong said. "The unfortunate thing there is that we only committed six turnovers in our last game against Bishop Ryan. It's something we highlighted as a source of strength and a way to win."
After the halftime break, Trinity rallied, closing to within one after a steal and outlet pass from junior guard Alexa Walby resulted in a lay-up by junior guard Masy Kuntz. The score stood at 32-31 before New England counter with a 6-0 run.
Tigers (12-7, Region 7 5-4) sophomore guard Molly Rayhorn served the Titans a crushing blow at the end of the third quarter. After Glaser made a free-throw with six seconds remaining in the period, Rayhorn brought the ball up the court and nailed a rainbow from just a couple of steps inside midcourt at the buzzer.
Hitting nothing by net, Rayhorn's shot was New England's only 3-pointer of the game, pushing the lead to eight.
"Like I told the girls in the locker room, it was the best team basketball that we've played all season," New England head coach Jordyn Mason said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game, we're fighting Trinity for one of those higher, middle spots in the region right now. We needed to come out and play. The girls stepped up and it was great team win."
Rayhorn scored a game-high 18 points, all coming in the second. Senior guard Paige Ehlis contributed 15 points.
Glaser led the Titans with 15 points while Kubas added 13 points.
"We did make a nice run in the third quarter," Fong said. "We applied some good defensive pressure at times, but not consistently enough."
New England 62, Dickinson Trinity 49
NE 9 17 17 19
DT 12 6 17 12
NE: Molly Rayhorn 18, Jordan Kass 17, Paige Ehlis 15, Hailee Kuske 6, Shelley Kathrein 4, Lindsay Koch 2.
DT: Josie Glaser 15, Abbey Kubas 13, Jordie McNeilly 6, Masy Kuntz 5, Megan Krebs 3, Amaya Willer 2, Bre Tessier 2.
3-pointers: NE 1 (Rayhorn 1), DT 1 (Glaser 1). Free throws: NE 13-14, DT 13-20. Total fouls: NE 13, DT 16. Fouled out: 1 (Krebs 1). Records: NE 12-7 (Region 7 5-4), DT 9-9 (Region 7 3-5).