Collective effort leads to Trinity girls victory on senior night

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On a night honoring its upperclassmen, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team put forth a spirited effort against Richardton-Taylor.

Eleven Titan players scored as Trinity cruised to a 75-17 senior night victory over the Raiders on Thursday, Feb. 8 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Seniors guards Megan Krebs and Josie Glaser along with senior forwards Jordie McNeilly and Tylla Roshau each were in the starting lineup and scored.

"We wanted to go out there like every other game and play hard," Krebs said. "We knew that it was an important game for not just us, but our families and teammates. We just wanted to go out there and put on a good show."

The added energy and adrenaline going into the night appeared in a not-so-positive way early on. The teams had trouble controlling the ball in the first quarter, combining for 21 turnovers. While Dickinson Trinity (10-10, Region 7 4-6) mishaps mostly took place running it's half-court offense, Richardton-Taylor's turnovers occurred trying to advance the ball upcourt, resulting in several Titans lay-ins.

After trading baskets early in the second quarter, Dickinson Trinity sprinted away for good with an 11-0 run midway through the period

Following a 3-pointer from Titans junior guard Masy Kuntz, freshman forward Abbey Kuntz rejected a Raiders shot inside and delivered an outlet pass on the money to Krebs for an uncontested lay-up.

After another defensive stop, Kuntz unselfishly turned down an open shot, finding sophomore guard Kylen Kubas with an extra pass on the baseline for an easy two.

The Titans lead 40-13 at the halftime break.

Richardton-Taylor (1-19, Region 7 0-10) went scoreless in the third quarter and connected on just one field goal in the second half.

Senior forward Shelby Floberg led the Raiders with four points.

Krebs and Glaser each scored 11 points to lead the Titans. McNeilly added 10 points.

With a 4-6 Region 7 record, the Titans are eighth in the standings and looking to improve their seeding come postseason time.

"We're satisfied, we had a couple of reasons to be motivated tonight," Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. "We're playing for positioning, hoping to have a round one home game in the regional tournament. And we're playing for our seniors, we recognized all of them tonight. They each bring something to the table. With Josie, it's her athleticism. With Jordie, it's her toughness. Megan has a motor that goes 100 miles per hour and with Tylla, it's her spirit."

Roshau's minutes on the floor were her first of this season. However, her position as the team's vocal leader has made her contributions every bit as valuable as anyone else.

It should come as no surprise that her basket closing the first half received far and away the loudest cheers from the bench and from the crowd.

"She is the girl who can get every girl, grades nine through twelve, involved in a conversation at the dinner table or singing the same song on the bus all the way home," Fong said. "She unites the team. She gave us a moment and other girls had their moments as well. Eleven girls scored for us tonight, some girls got their first varsity point and some other got their first varsity minutes. I loved that the bench was into the game from beginning to end."

With multiple stints on the court hardwood throughout the night, Roshau was touched by her teammates' support.

"It was really just an honor because I spend most of my time cheering my team from the bench, so it was good having my team backing me up on the floor and cheer for me," Roshau said. "It was such an honor to play with my team and play with my senior girls. These are moments you can't get back."

Dickinson Trinity 75, Richardton-Taylor 17

RT 4 9 0 4

DT 17 23 23 12

RT: Shelby Floberg 4, Haylee Leingang 3, Skylar Crow 3, Elle Goetz 2, Carly Diede 2, Kellee Martin 2, Kazanne Gjermundson 1.

DT: Megan Krebs 11, Josie Glaser 11, Jordie McNeilly 10, Masy Kuntz 9, Alexa Walby 9, Kara Wanner 7, Amaya Willer 7, Kylen Krebs 5, Bre Tessier 3, Tylla Roshau 2, Asia Willer 1.

3-pointers: RT 0, DT 7 (McNeilly 2, Wanner 2). Free throws: RT 3-8, DT 10-23. Total fouls: RT 20, DT 10. Records: RT 1-19 (Region 7 0-10), DT 10-10 (Region 7 4-6).