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Scary press helps DHS beat Coyotes

Dickinson High girls basketball coach Greg Jung left Thursday's contest against Williston unsatisfied with his team's performance. And the Midgets still won by 18 points. Dickinson got off to a fast start and held off the resurgent Coyotes in the...

Dickinson High girls basketball coach Greg Jung left Thursday's contest against Williston unsatisfied with his team's performance.

And the Midgets still won by 18 points.

Dickinson got off to a fast start and held off the resurgent Coyotes in the second half to take a 78-60 win in both teams' West Region opener at the Dickinson High gymnasium.

Dickinson had a 26-point lead with 13 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the contest, but fell out of rhythm after that while the Coyotes managed to close the gap to 12 with just more than 2 minutes remaining.

According to Jung, his team's lull was because of his desire to make the game move along. Dickinson forced 33 Williston turnovers thanks to a scary press the Coyotes struggled against until Jung called it off with 12 minutes to go in the game. The two teams combined for 59 turnovers. There were 53 fouls called in the game and 70 free throws attempted.

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"We got ourselves in foul trouble and had to take the pressure off," Jung said. "We got into slow-down mode and no one was looking to score. It was a direct reflection of me taking the pressure off."

Dickinson got off and running with an early 15-4 run, sparked by the brilliant shooting of Lynn Messer. Messer was dialed in, scoring 16 of her team-high 20 points in the first half.

"She had a very business-like attitude," Jung said. "Lynn showed her leadership. She showed it in her body language and her performance as well."

Dickinson senior Shaunda Dvorak added 17 points, 11 of which came in the second half during Dickinson's rough spot. She also had 12 rebounds.

"Shaunda was big in the second half," Jung said. "It seemed like she was getting our points when we were reeling."

Williston senior Jamie Njos matched Messer's 16-point first-half effort and never slowed down. Her game-high 30 points helped Williston inch closer, though the Coyotes eventually ran out of time.

Dickinson senior Celeste Miller had 11 points while senior point guard Whitley Abrahamson dished out eight assists.

"We picked up our intensity in the second half, (but) we had too many mental breakdowns in the first half," Williston coach Codi Austreim said.

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