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Trinity beats Hazen, wins 5th straight game

HAZEN — When the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team lost to No. 1-ranked Minot-Ryan on Dec. 30, the team took a long look at its game and made some changes.

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The changes have worked and the Titans extended its win streak to five straight after beating Hazen 64-44 Monday night.

“If you look at our schedule early on and throughout our season, we’ve played Minot-Ryan over Christmas break,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. “Those (types of) teams really showed some of our weaknesses and we really try to focus on those things in practice.

“Try and fine tune the things we have in place and I think the girls have really responded well to that and have seen some nice wins since then.”

The Titans were able to maintain a double-digit lead at the end of each quarter, with their biggest lead coming at the end of the third up 53-27 over the Bison. Kennedy Keator, Brianna Soehren and Katelyn Grinsteinner combined for 45 points, with Keator scoring a game-high 20.

For the Bison, Kendra Slaubaugh led the team with 11 points, followed by Dakota Wood and Lexie Biffert with seven points each. Both Wood and Biffert hit a 3-pointer shot in the game.

Barman said she was impressed with several aspects of how her team performed Monday, especially with rebounding. The Titans outrebounded the Bison 41-22 with 19 offensive rebounds, compared to Hazen’s five.

“Defensively we really came out and set the tone early, especially in that first half when we really got after things” Barman said. “We did a good job pushing the ball in transition, finding our open girls … Got some nice offensive bounds, we finished around the hoop better than we have been and that was nice to see.”

Trinity continues its regional play and hosts Beach at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. With Region 7 being a super region, Barman said from this point on every game is important and her team needs to be physically and mentally ready and focus on its own game.

“We got to focus on our different defenses and where we’re at,” she said. “That’s our biggest focus for Thursday, just making sure that we take care of the things that we need to take care of.”

Trinity 17 31 53 64

Hazen 7 13 27 44

T: Kennedy Keator 20, Brianna Soehren 13, 1Katelyn Grinsteinner 12, Madison Jahner 9, Alanna Sickler 4, Jillian Stockert 3, Rachel Jahner 3.

H: Kendra Slaubaugh 11, Ashton Carter 7, Dakota Wood 7, Lexie Biffert 5, Kayla Lindquist 5, Hannah Zimmerman 4, Mariya Schneider 2, Madison Leintz 2, Krista Slaubaugh 1.

3-pointers: T 4 (M. Jahner 1, R. Jahner 1, Keator 1, Stockert 1), H 3 (Wood 1, Biffert 1, Lindquist 1). Free throws: T 3-6, H 15-22. Total fouls: T 16, H 12. ). Rebounds: T 41 (Soehren 8), H 22 (Biffert 5). Assists: T 8 (R. Jahner 3), H 3 (Wood, Slaubaugh, Lindquist 1). Steals: T 9 (R. Jahner 4), H 5 (Wood 2). Blocks: T 5 (M. Jahner, Soehren 2), H none. Turnovers: T 11, H 17.