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Patriots avoid upset, beat Midgets in OT

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Ali Moody, left, goes to the hoop while being fouled by Bismarck Century senior Hannah Larson on Tuesday night during a West Region girls basketball game at the DHS gymnasium.

One team had the No. 2 ranking in Class A girls basketball. The other only had one win on the season.

Nevertheless, the one-win Dickinson High girls basketball team pushed the second-ranked Bismarck Century into overtime.

The Patriots, however, pushed back, becoming too much to handle in overtime as they defeated the Midgets 66-57 in a West Region game on Thursday at DHS gymnasium.

"I'm proud of the girls with the way we played tonight," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "We had our opportunity to win and they knocked down a three to tie the game. The girls played their hearts out. It's nice to see them play like that."

Century head coach Ron Metz wasn't shy about saying Dickinson outplayed his team for a majority of the game.

"They're definitely a solid team and coach Pender has got them playing some good basketball," he said. "They pushed us for everything we had tonight."

Dickinson built a 27-25 halftime lead with Rachel Schroeder and Sydney Gangl coming alive for the Midgets. Jordyn Jossart carried the Patriots.

Schroeder and Gangl combined for 35 points. Schroeder supplied 19 points and four rebounds, while Gangl added 16 points on four 3-pointers. Jossart led the Patriots with 19 points, five assists and four steals.

"We just tried to keep doing what we were doing," Gangl said. "We were moving the ball well, not turning the ball over and stopping them from shooting."

Schroeder was matched up inside with Century's all-state senior Hannah Larson.

The 6-foot forward finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Larson also had two 3-pointers and both came at the most crucial times. The first with time expiring in the first half and the second with five seconds left in regulation that tied the game 51-51.

"We knew that they were going to look to her to hit big shots," Schroeder said of guarding Larson. "She ended up making a big shot, but we just had to know where she was at."

Helping Dickinson (1-4, 0-3 West) take Century (6-1, 4-0 West) to the wire was poor free-throw production. The team shot a combined 51 percent from the line. Dickinson was 16 of 26 (62 percent) and Century was 8 of 21 (38 percent).

The one player who didn't struggle there was Schroeder. The senior forward was a perfect 7 of 7 on free throws.

"I think that's probably my strong suit," Schroeder said. "It's just nice and quiet. I've never had a problem with free throws."

Though shooting from the line was difficult, each team found the touch from 3-point range as Dickinson went 7 of 14 and Century was 8 of 21 (38 percent). The two big hitters from beyond the arc were Gangl and Jossart.

Each team traded points down stretch and Dickinson held a lead the entire second half until Larson hit her game-tying 3-pointer. It was the only tie of the second half.

The Patriots used the added momentum to outscore the Midgets 15-6 in overtime as Jossart supplied eight of her points in the extra frame.

Ali Moody added 10 points and six rebounds for the Midgets, while Riley Cooper had eight points off the bench. Century's Jen Benz supplied 12 points and four rebounds.

Pender said the Midgets are hoping the game showed the team's true potential and ability to play with the best teams in the state. Dickinson travels to Jamestown at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

"It just shows them that they can play against the top teams in the state," Pender said. "We just have to take that next step, but we are definitely going in the right direction."

CHS: Jordyn Jossart 19, Hannah Larson 16, Jen Benz 12, Alex Hopkins 7, Macy Lynch 3, Cassidy Wilhelm 3, Ashley Bohrer 2, Katie Chase 2, Ali Hasche 2.

DHS: Rachel Schroeder 19, Sydney Gangl 16, Ali Moody 10, Riley Cooper 8, Taylor Cooper 2, Avery Privratsky 2.

Halftime: DHS 27-25. End of regulation: Tied 51-51. 3-pointers: CHS 8 (Jossart 3, Larson 2, Benz 1, Hopkins 1, Wilhelm 1), DHS 7 (Gangl 4, R. Cooper 2, Moody 1). Free throws: CHS 8-21, DHS 16-26. Total fouls: CHS 22, DHS 21. Fouled out: DHS, Lillie Meduna, Moody. Rebounds: CHS 37 (Larson 10), DHS 48 (T. Cooper 10). Assists: CHS 18 (Jossart 5), DHS 12 (Meduna 3, T. Cooper 3). Steals: CHS 13 (Jossart 4), DHS 9 (T. Cooper 5). Blocks: CHS 2 (Larson 2), DHS 2 (Moody 2). Turnovers: CHS 14, DHS 28. Records: CHS 6-1, 4-0 West; DHS 1-4, 0-3 West.