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Krieg leads Midgets to 65-30 win over Williston

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Jordan Krieg powers in for a layup on Tuesday night during a West Region girls basketball game at the DHS gymnasium.

Jordan Krieg has been heralded as one of the top players in the West Region.

He proved it Tuesday night.

Krieg posted 24 points, six rebounds and three assists as Dickinson held Williston to seven second-half points en route to a 65-30 West Region win at DHS gymnasium.

"Our game plan is everything starts with Jordan and comes out," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. "He's such a great scorer. He's a great passer. Our kids have to believe that they are going to get the ball back if he doesn't have a shot."

The 6-foot-5 senior came into the game leading the Midgets (4-2, 2-2 West) with 14.8 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.

The Coyotes just couldn't find an answer for Krieg as their big man, 6-5 junior Jayden Ferguson, committed his fourth foul on a technical after slamming the ball to the floor in the second half. Ferguson finished with a team-high nine points and seven rebounds.

"I think Jayden getting the foul and then the technical foul really hurt us both offensively and defensively," Williston head coach Mark Slotsve said. "He's too good of a player to be sitting on the bench."

Matching Ferguson's struggles in the paint, times were for tough all around for Williston (1-4, 0-3 West) in the second half.

The Coyotes were only able to score four points in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Those came off a Isaac Erickson 3-pointer and a Ferguson free throw.

"We couldn't have asked for a better defensive effort," Krieg said. "We just have athletes everywhere and we just had the will to win."

The Midgets, meanwhile, stayed hot in the second half, shooting 13 of 23 (57 percent) from the field. After going 1 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half, Dickinson was 3 of 4 in the second.

"I think defensively and offensively, that was our best half of the season," Wilson said.

Complimenting Krieg in the post was Levi Jordheim, a 6-2 junior, with six points and eight rebounds. Mark Erickson added eight points, while Luke Herauf and Jaden Kudrna supplied six.

"Levi is an animal," Krieg said without any hesitation. "He goes 100 percent all the time."

It wasn't all fun and games for Dickinson though. Williston felt right at home, starting the game jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Midgets responded with an 11-0 run, punctuated by a Krieg layup.

Dickinson maintained a healthy six-point lead throughout much of the first half and extended it to 29-17. But the Coyotes scored a quick four points to end the first half to trail 29-23.

"We put ourselves in good position the first half," Slotsve said.

The Midgets prepare for one their toughest battles of the season when they host Bismarck High at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"This is exactly what we needed," Wilson said. "We needed a good win, but now we go back to work and get ready for the Demons."

W: Jayden Ferguson 9, Isaac Erickson 6, Brennan Goldade 6, Justin Grindeland 4, Tanner Sandberg 3, Seth Falcon 2.

D: Jordan Krieg 24, Mark Erickson 8, Jaden Kudrna 6, Lucas Herauf 6, Levi Jordheim 6, Parker Egli 4, Dylan Skabo 4, Dylan Wallner 3, Alex Huschka 2, Mitch Mehrer 2.

Halftime: D 29-23. 3-pointers: W 2 (Erickson 2), D 4 (Erickson 2, Wallner 1, Krieg 1). Free throws: W 6-10, D 9-12. Total fouls: W 13, D 18. Technical fouls: W, Ferguson. Rebounds: W 22 (Ferguson 7), D 45 (Jordheim 8). Assists: W 2 (Ferguson 1, Hyrum Gentry 1), D 10 (Skabo 4). Steals: W 2, D 6 (Skabo 3). Blocks: none. Turnovers: W 19, D 18. Records: W 1-4 (0-3 West), D 4-2 (2-2 West).