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Red-hot third quarter lifts Titans by Beulah

Beulah junior guard Chloe Senn looks to get around the pressure defense of Titans senior guard Megan Krebs a regular season regional match-up on Dec. 30 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)1 / 2
Dickinson Trinity senior guard/forward Jordie McNeilly is fouled but junior guard Erin Walcker during a regular season regional match-up on Dec. 30 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. 2 / 2

After hitting nothing but net on back-to-back three-pointers late in the third period, Dickinson Trinity senior guard Josie Glaser launched a heat-check.

As her three-point attempt from the top of the arc bounced off of the rim, Trinity girls basketball head coach Carter Fong implored patience when the Titans gobbled up the offensive rebound. He marched up the sideline, shouting out "let's get a better shot" and called for the offensive set "Titan."

Moments later, after whipping the ball with passes around the perimeter, almost lulling their opponent to sleep, Titans freshman forward Abbey Kubas dove into the paint on a cut to the basket, converting an easy lay-up.

Trinity dominated the third quarter against Beulah en route to a 48-37 victory on Saturday, Dec. 30 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Dickinson Trinity (5-3, 2-8 Region 7) and Beulah (2-8, 0-4 Region 7) were tied at 20 entering the halftime break, but the Titans outscored the Miners 17-5 in the crucial period, draining four shots from downtown.

"We do think we have some capable shooters on the perimeter and we finally saw that in the third quarter," Fong said. "The heat-check shot, I think we were late in the third quarter, maybe to where we could've held for the last shot of the quarter, but we let it fly. We think we are going to see more zone and we need to be able to attack it from the inside and from the outside. Those made threes in the third quarter opened things up for the post. Abbey had a couple easy finishes down the stretch and that was probably a product of our shooters."

After the teams traded baskets to begin the second half, the Titans rolled off a 15-1 run, breaking the game open.

Senior guard/forward Jordie McNeilly and junior guard/forward Alexa Walby each knocked down a three-pointer before Glaser hit a pair from long distance as the Titans made short memory of their first half performance.

"I think our talk during halftime helped us a lot," Glaser said. "It's hard coming off holiday break to get into the rhythm of a basketball game. I think we just needed to forget about the first half, focus on the second half and play a better half of basketball."

The Miners, who led for the majority of the first half, cut the lead to nine in the fourth quarter after junior Erin Walcker made a layup and assisted a layup from senior Emily Alt. After getting a defensive stop, they had a chance to cut the deficit to six, but Walcker's three-point attempt bounced off the back rim. Beulah was only 1-for-12 from three-point territory.

"In the third quarter, they got hot and hit a few threes, which we knew they were capable of. They can shoot it," Miners girls basketball head coach Kasey Koepplin said. "They hit some shots and we went a little bit cold in the third quarter it seemed like. Fourth quarter, we picked it back up, but just dug ourselves in a little bit too far of a hole."

Beulah limited the Titans to only three field goals in the opening half. Walcker deterred a number of shots inside, controlling the paint with three blocks. The Miners held as large as an eight-point lead before aggressive play from Kubas and McNeilly flipped the momentum.

McNeilly attacked the rim with drives into the lane while Kubas kept possessions alive by attacking the offensive boards. Even with shots not dropping, their play led to opportunities from the foul line. The Titans made 12 free throws in the first half. Kubas and McNeilly were responsible for nine of those makes.

McNeilly led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Kubas had 12 points and 11 rebounds, eight of which were offensive.

Alt led the Miners with 11 points and junior Madeline Weigum added 10 points. Walcker finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

"It definitely took us a half or more to find a rhythm in that game. Walcker alters a lot of shots inside," Fong said. "I did like the fact that we kept attacking in the first half. We got them in some foul trouble. We had double-bonus, shot a lot of free throws in that first half and that's really the only offense we had to speak of at all."

Dickinson Trinity 48, Beulah 37

B 14 6 5 12

DT 8 12 17 11

B: Emily Alt 11, Erin Walcker 10, Madeline Weigum 10, Dayton Keltner 4, Trinity Doe 2

DT: Jordie McNeilly 18, Abbey Kubas 12, Josie Glaser 8, Masy Kuntz 5, Alexa Walby 3, Megan Krebs 2

3-pointers: B 1 (Alt 1), DT 7 (McNeilly 3). Free throws: B 4-9, DT 17-30. Total fouls: B 19, DT 15. Rebounds: B 42 (Walcker 10), DT 56 (McNeilly 12). Blocks: B 4 (Walcker 4), DT 1 (Kubas 1). Turnovers: B 18, DT 7. Records: B 2-8 (Region 7 0-4), DT 5-3 (Region 7 1-1).

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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