DHS girls suffer loss with cold second half

The Dickinson High girls basketball team enjoyed a hot start but suffered a cold finish, forcing the team to take a 44-40 defeat to Watford City.

The Midgets started the game strong on the offensive and defensive end of the floor, but the Wolves made adjustments in the second half that made it difficult to continue their hot streak. The team was unable to stop the Wolves’ top player, junior Ashley Holen, in the second half, and she carried the team to a victory, scoring 17 of her 24 points in the second half.

Senior Peyton Selle led the team with 12 points, senior Audrey Rodakowski and junior Symone Beld both scored eight.

“It’s a game where I felt we did everything right except for put the ball in the hole, and I feel like our rebounding could have been a lot better,” head coach James Hayden said. “Defensively, to force that many turnovers and not get rewarded on the offensive end is … it’s tough and it’s frustrating.”

The Midgets started the game with heavy defensive action and connected early on their shots, starting on a 7-4 run. Heavy pressure forced the Wolves to call an early timeout. However, an and-one by Holen allowed Watford City to tie the game at nine.


Dickinson High continued its half-court double team, helped create turnovers, and after a few minutes of both teams being unable to score, Selle scored on a contested layup after getting a steal, giving the team a lead yet again.

Near the end of the half, Watford City eighth grader Jessica Mogen scored a layup and narrowed the gap to two points with four minutes to play. Shortly after, junior center Riley Faller tied the game with a followup layup, but Rodakowski gave the team a one-point lead with a free throw.

Dickinson High junior guard Beld drilled a 3 jumper and gave the Midgets a 17-15 lead. However, the Wolves’ Hayley Ogle got fouled and went to the free-throw line, hit one and allowed Watford City to go into the half with a 17-16 deficit. It wouldn’t take long for the Wolves to rout back.

Wolves junior guard Emma Mogen started the second half with a 3-point dagger, giving the team a 19-17 lead — its first lead — and continued to make shots outscoring the Midgets 9-6 to start the second half.

Dickinson High was able to tie the game at 25 with two free throws by junior guard Sydney Binstock, but back-to-back jumpers by Holen gave the Wolves a 29-25 lead. When the Midgets were in desperate team of a basket, senior Taylor Nelson drained a 3-pointer, narrowing the gap 31-29.

Watford City continued its strong performance, and a midrange jumper by junior guard Hayley Ogle gave the Wolves a 37-29 lead over the Midgets, the largest lead of the game.

A corner dagger by Beld narrowed the gap to 39-34 with 3:45 remaining. The Midgets continued to fight back. After another contested layup by Selle, the Midgets trailed 42-36 with 2:15 left, and once again picked up its ful-court pressure, forcing a timeout. Sadly, the comeback never came, and the team ended with a 44-40 loss.

Despite the loss, the Midgets will be able to take a break before returning to action in the new year with a home game against Legacy on Jan. 3.


Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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