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Balanced scoring gets Blue Hawks past Waldorf

It's a point head coach Mark Graupe can't stress enough. When it isn't one player, it's another, and when it's not that player, it's another someone. Dickinson State basketball has so many capable scorers, that a night off for one simply means a ...

Dickinson State's Taylor Henningsgard surveys the court Saturday night against Waldorf at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State's Taylor Henningsgard surveys the court Saturday night against Waldorf at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

It's a point head coach Mark Graupe can't stress enough.

When it isn't one player, it's another, and when it's not that player, it's another someone.

Dickinson State basketball has so many capable scorers, that a night off for one simply means a night on for the other.

On Friday, Lorna Shepherd's 20 paced a win over Valley City.

On Saturday against Waldorf at Scott Gymnasium, she had four, but Ashley Bentz-Laub had 25, Paitton Herbst had 16 off the bench, and the Blue Hawks won a conference snoozer over Waldorf, 77-55.

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Most of Bentz-Laub's total came in the first half, when the game was still close. She started with the hot hand, hitting 9 of 14 in the first 20 minutes, and point guard Taylor Henningsgard was happy to keep feeding her. Henningsgard had 13 assists in the half, 18 for the game, and, to complete a unique box score, only three points.

The Blue Hawks (16-5, 9-1) finished the game with 25 assists on 28 baskets.

"I think in general with this team, if someone has the hot hand-it might be me, (MacKayla Feeney) or (Paitton Herbst), we're really good at looking for each other on those nights, and that's really nice," Bentz-Laub said. "With us, teams can't key in on one person. So, you shut Lorna down, and those three, four other people that have just as good an ability to score."

The Warriors (2-19, 0-9), dead last in the North Star Athletic Association and playing an eight-hour bus ride from campus without their two leading scorers, actually hung around for most of the first half, hitting their first five shots and holding a lead of 18-14 in the first quarter.

From there, the bounces averaged out, and by halftime, the Blue Hawks were ahead by 12.

Herbst lead the way after the break with 10 points to round out her 16 for the game, and the defense for DSU forced the Warriors to shoot just 33 percent from the field compared to 45.9 percent in the first half.
Still, for head coach Mark Graupe, ever cognizant of his team's effort and engagement, was not particularly happy with his team after the game.

"We said we were going to turn up the heat defensively. We were playing five feet off, just letting them do whatever they wanted. That was bad basketball, from supposedly a top 25 team. We were not top 100 today," Graupe said. "Bad basketball."

Earlier in the day, Jamestown beat Mayville State by 31 points to keep itself a game ahead of Dickinson State in the conference standings, with a Blue Hawk-Jimmie showdown coming on the penultimate game of the season.

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But, as Graupe gathered from Saturday, there is a lot to be done before DSU can start thinking about a win over the North Star leaders.

"Jamestown does things that we don't do. They beat Waldorf by 45, where we struggle and beat them by 22," he said. "They're a better basketball team, I don't compare ourselves to Jamestown."

Dickinson State 77, Waldorf 55

WU 20 11 14 10

DHS 24 19 21 13

Waldorf: Taylor Fricke 13, Morgan Straight 13, Peyton Russell 8, Georgina Wirth 6, Meriel Leavy 5, Angie Gore 4, April Jones 4, Nichole Oberthien 2. Totals: 20-56.

Dickinson State: Ashley Bentz-Laub 25, Paitton Herbst 16, Megan Klein 13, MacKayla Feeney 5, Kate Golding 5, Lorna Shepherd 4, Samantha Morgan 4, Taylor Henningsgard 3, Bailey Waldal 2. Totals: 28-70.

Total fouls: WU 16, DSU 18. 3-point goals: WU 8-21 (Straight 3-8, Wirth 2-4, Leavy 1-1, Russell 1-3, Fricke 1-3, Oberthien 0-2), DSU 9-32 (Herbst 4-7, Bentz-Laub 3-9, Henningsgard 1-2, Feeney 1-6, Morgan 0-1, Waldal 0-1, Sydney Bentz 0-1). Rebounds: WU 36 (Fricke 8), DSU 49 (Golding 10). Assists: WU 9 (Russell 3), DSU 25 (Henningsgard 18). Steals: WU 3 (Three with one), DSU 14 (Bentz-Laub, Klein 3). Blocks: WU 3 (Leavy 2), DSU 3 (Bentz-Laub 2). Turnovers: WU 19, DSU 10.

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