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Dickinson girls hold on for win after Red Devils chip away late

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High junior Rachel Schroeder, left, drives along the baseline against Dawson County (Mont.) senior Allison Cooley on Thursday night during a girls basketball game at the DHS gymnasium.

The Dickinson High girls basketball team staved off a rally for its first win of the season.

The Midgets saw their 20-point lead dwindle, but held on to defeat Dawson County (Mont.) 53-47 on Thursday night at the DHS gymnasium.

"I think we just got nervous," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "We haven't been in those positions a lot. The nerves just took over, but I like how the girls responded."

The Midgets took a 31-19 lead at halftime and Dickinson junior Ali Moody said the team wanted to come out strong in the second half.

"We had to build up our lead in the first few minutes of the second half," Moody said. "We did that and then we let up."

Dickinson had a 39-19 lead with 13 minutes, 15 seconds left of the second half but Dawson County didn't back down and started chipping away.

"That's one thing about the girls, they never give up," Dawson County head coach Jason Amundsen said. "Our whole goal was to keep nicking at it."

The Red Devils (2-1) went on a 12-0 run that was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Jordan Johnson, who led her team with 12 points and four rebounds, and forced Dickinson (1-2) to use a timeout with 8:46 left.

"We were just out of sorts and we didn't know what to do," Pender said. "We panicked a little bit, but we can improve offensively."

Almost a minute after the timeout, Taylor Cooper drained a pair of free throws to stop the bleeding and put Dickinson ahead 43-34.

Moody powered the Midgets' offense, supplying 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals.

"She's (Moody) just a natural one out there," Pender said. "I don't think she panics. She just plays."

Dawson County responded to a five-point run by Dickinson with an 8-0 run of its own but the Midgets continued to build back their lead.

Moody iced the game with a pair of free throws in the final minute.

The Midgets held the edge in one the biggest keys to the game -- free throws. Dickinson was 22 of 29 from the line. Pender said he'll take that any day.

"If you can go to the line a lot and make some free throws, you are going to win some game," he said.

Rachel Schroeder posted 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for Dickinson.

"We got 10 and 17 out of our two posts," Pender said. "It's nice to have our posts getting some scoring there."

Dickinson travels to Minot at 5 p.m. Saturday. Pender said Thursday's win should settle some of the nerves for the remainder of the season.

"A win whether it's at home or away is a confidence booster," Pender said. "Coming into practice they are going to be ready to go."

DC: Jordan Johnson 12, Devyn Asche 9, Brittany Lystad 9, Brooke Herring 8, Alexa Hubbard 5, Allison Cooley 3, Kasey Robson 1.

D: Ali Moody 17, Rachel Schroeder 10, Sydney Gangl 7, Avery Privratsky 5, Taylor Cooper 4, Mackee Hoffmann 4, Shelby Stoltz 4, Riley Cooper 1.

DHS 31-19. 3-pointers: DC 6 (Asche 2, Johnson 2), D 4 (Gangl 2). Free throws: DC 9-20, D 22-29. Total fouls: DC 22, D 16. Fouled out: DC, Lystad. Rebounds: DC 33 (Lystad 8), D 35 (Moody 7). Assists: DC 7 (Robson 3), D 11 (Schroeder 3). Steals: DC 10 (Asche 2, Lystad 2), D 11 (Moody 5). Blocks: DC 1 (Robson 1), D 1 (Schroeder 1). Turnovers: DC 20, D 19. Records: DC 2-1, D 1-2.