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Titans handle Night Hawks: Dickinson Trinity shakes off sluggish start, top Hettinger-Scranton

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity senior guard Katelyn Grinsteinner, middle, goes up for a shot against a host of Hettinger-Scranton defenders during a Region 7 game on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

In the last 16 days, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team has played two games.

Needless to say, the Titans were a little rusty.

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However, Trinity started to get on a roll at the end of the first quarter and flew past Hettinger-Scranton 68-38 in a Region 7 game on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“The first quarter we came out a little sluggish, but I like our fast starting lineup,” Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. “We have a lot of speed to start the game.”

After a tightly contested first quarter, the Titans held a slim 16-12 lead over the Night Hawks.

The four-point lead grew by a large margin in the first half. Trinity jumped out on a 14-2 run, which eventually turned into a 22-3 run after back-to-back 3-pointers from Rachel Jahner.

With time winding down in the first half, Jahner banked a half-court 3-pointer to give the Titans 41-17 going into the locker rooms.

“I just threw it up hoping it was going to go in and it did,” said Jahner, who finished with 20 points including five 3-pointers.

During the second half, Trinity’s lead continued to grow. The Titans scored 25 points in the second quarter and 22 points in the third. By the end of the third quarter, Hettinger-Scranton was at 28 total points.

Barman said the biggest key for the offense continue to roll was the inside presence of Alanna Sickler, Brianna Soehren and Jillian Stockert. The three combined for 34 points. Sickler posted 16 points, while Soehren had 10 and Stockert followed with eight.

“At the beginning of the year, we were finishing on those,” Barman said about second-chance points. “We’ve done a lot better job of finishing. We need those. Those are important for us, because they open up opportunities for our guards for some outside shots.”

Kaitlin Reitz and Cassie Holt each had 10 points for Hettinger-Scranton (6-8, 2-2 Region 7). Reitz — the senior point guard — leads the Night Hawks with 13.3 points per game.

“We rely on her to do a lot,” Hettinger-Scranton head coach Kelly Pierce said. “We rely on her to break the press, score for us offensively and put pressure on the other team defensively.”

At end the third quarter, Trinity lead 63-28 and the Night Hawks closed out the final 8 minutes with a slight 10-5 advantage.

The Titans continue their season hosting Hebron-Glen Ullin for a Region 7 game at 7 p.m. Monday.

“The biggest thing that we’ve been emphasizing to our girls is the things that we do defensively,” Barman said. “We have to make sure all five our players are on the same page. If we take care of our things defensively, we can do a lot of good things.”

HS 12 17 28 38

Trinity 16 41 63 68

HS: Kaitlin Reitz 10, Cassie Holt 10, Casey Joppa 5, Brittany Green 4, Nicole Weaver 2, Katie Wolff 2, Brooke Slater 2, Cassie Andress 2, Kinsey Jahner 1.

T: Rachel Jahner 20, Alanna Sickler 16, Brianna Soehren 10, Jillian Stockert 8, Katelyn Grinsteinner 7, Kennedy Keator 5, Madison Jahner 2.

3-pointers: HS 2 (Reitz 1, Joppa 1), T 6 (Jahner 5, Stockert 1). Free throws: HS 8-14, T 8-17. Total fouls: HS 14, T 17. Records: HS 6-8 (2-2 Region 7), T 9-3 (3-1 Region 7).