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Dickinson Trinity rolls over Bearcats

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity sophomore Kennedy Keator, right, drives past Hebron-Glen Ullin’s Kennedy Zuroffa for a layup during a Region 7 game on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team brought relentless defensive pressure.

Not to mention, the Titans were red hot from the field shooting 60 percent in the first three quarters.

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Trinity used the combination of offense and defense to take a 75-18 Region 7 win over the Bearcats on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“We stressed that we needed to make sure that we had a good inside to outside presence,” Dickinson Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. “Once our post got some touches, our guards were able to get some nice looks from the outside. We shot the ball well too, which is always nice.”

The Titans (10-3, 4-1 Region 7) didn’t waste any time jumping out to a quick lead.

Trinity scored 20, 22 and 24 points in the first three quarters. The Titans were 28 of 47 (60 percent) from the field in those three quarters. The starters were pulled after the third quarter and the bench played the final 8 minutes.

“This game was a lot of fun to play,” said Dickinson Trinity senior guard Katelyn Grinsteinner, who finished with 18 points. “We came out hard and we knew we had to play hard against this team. We knew (HGU) were going to work their tails off.”

At the end of the first quarter, the Titans held a 20-2 lead. Trinity extended its to 44-6 at halftime.

HGU (2-13, 1-4 Region 7) head coach Jeremiah Stokka said win or lose he wants the team to learn from its positives and negatives.

“The biggest that we always talk about it has to be a learning experience, so if we did something wrong, we can fix it,” he said.

The Titans continued its offensive prowess in the third quarter growing their lead to 68-9. For the final 8 minutes, the Bearcats held a 9-7 advantage over the Titans.

During the third quarter, Trinity was 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Senior guard Rachel Jahner, who finished with 18 points, supplied four 3-pointers in the third.

“The post girls did a great job inside and they opened things up for the guards,” Grinsteinner said. “The posts just kicked it out to us, we shot it and it went in.”

Kennedy Keator posted 12 points, while Brianna Soehren had eight and Madison Jahner added six for the Titans.

HGU’s Kendra Gerving finished a team-high seven points. Kari Gerving and Kennedy Zuroff each posted five.

The Titans continue their season traveling to Region 7 opponent Killdeer at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Every single region game is important,” Barman said. “We have to make sure that we never take a night off.”

HGU 2 6 9 18

Trinity 20 44 68 75

HGU: Kendra Gerving 7, Kari Gerving 5, Kennedy Zuroff 5, Michaela Gerving 1.

T: Rachel Jahner 18, Katelyn Grinsteinner 18, Kennedy Keator 12, Brianna Soehren 8, Madison Jahner 6, Jordie McNeilly 5, Jillian Stockert 4, Alanna Sickler 2, Emily Spradley 2.

3-pointers: HGU 2 (Kari Gerving 1, Zuroff 1), T 8 (Rachel Jahner 4, Grinsteinner 2, Stockert 1, McNeilly 1). Free throws: HGU 4-6, T 5-6. Total fouls: HGU 5, T 11. Records: HGU 2-13 (1-4 Region 7), T 10-3 (4-1 Region 7).