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Dickinson sophomore forward Audrey Rodakowski dribbles past a Bismarck St. Mary's defender on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from the DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)1 / 2
DHS junior guard Gabby Jung eyes the interior against Bismarck St. Mary's on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from the DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)2 / 2

Facing a team with a distinct size advantage, the Dickinson High girls basketball team wore down as the game wore on.

Following a back and forth contest through the first 18 minutes of action, Bismarck St. Mary outscored the Midgets by 29 points in the second half en route to a 71-39 victory on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from the DHS Gym.

The Midgets made only three field goals and were held to 13 percent shooting in the second half.

"I think it just came down to making and missing shots," Midgets head coach James Hayden said. "Saint Mary's got hot in the second half and they used their transition to get a lot of easy baskets at the rim. We got a lot of opportunities on the offensive end as well, the ball wouldn't fall for us tonight."

Dickinson had its hands full contending St. Mary's height and length advantage, as all five Saints starters were listed at 5-foot-7 or taller.

At times battling against a lineup featuring three players over 5-foot-11, the Midgets' greatest obstacle came from towering 6-foot-1 senior forward Tonya Dvorak. An all-WDA selection last season, Dvorak was impactful on both sides of the court.

Defensively, she intercepted and deflected passes, virtually taking away Dickinson's screen-and-roll game. While her defensive assignment pinned her with a Midgets' perimeter player, Dvorak roamed the paint, blocking two shots and affecting many others.

Offensively with her frame, she had no problems firing shots over the contest of Midgets defenders, scoring 17 of her game high 27 points in the first half, including a perfect 3-for-3 from deep.

"Tonya Dvorak, she's one of the best players in the state for sure," Hayden said. "We tried to do some different things defensively on her in terms of face-guarding her and not letting her touch it, but she just knows how to move to get open. She really stepped up for them tonight."

Dickinson remained competitive in the first half thanks to its work on the glass. Undersized, the Midgets outrebounded the Saints 20-13.

Late in the first half, sophomore forward Audrey Rodakowski snatched an offensive rebound and banked in a putback for the Midgets final bucket of the half. Dickinson trailed 29-26 entering the locker room.

The Saints took over quickly after the break. Off of the bench, sophomore Maria Mann finished at the rim through contact as part of a three-point play. The basket from the 5-foot-11 center midway through the second half gave Saint Mary's its first double digit lead.

With their woes from the field, the Midgets looked to climb back into it from the foul line after entering the bonus with 12:31 remaining in the game. However, any chances to capitalize of Saints foul trouble were nullified by 14 turnovers in that frame.

Rodakowski led Dickinson with 12 points and seven rebounds while sophomore guard Peyton Selle added nine points and 14 rebounds.

Saints junior guard Marriann Senftner chipped in with 15 points as Saint Mary's has won eight of its last ten games.

"It was a lot of work in the second half," Saints head coach Shannon Copas said. "We saw some things that we wanted to fix at halftime and we executed those things. We had some openings in the first half that we didn't get to in the second half."

Bismarck St. Mary's 71, Dickinson High 42

BSM 29 42

D 26 13

BSM: Tonya Dvorak 27, Marriann Senftner 15, Maria Mann 9, Sydney Smith 6, Elizabeth Peyerly 4, Abbi Kopp 3, Taylor Gerving 2, Elizabeth Preszler 2, Hallie Schweitzer 2, Megan Heick 1.

D: Audrey Rodakowski 12, Peyton Selle 9, Gabby Jung 8, Kendryn Bullinger 3, McKenna Weiler 3, Marley McChesney 2, Lauren Jorda 2.

3-pointers: BSM 4 (Dvorak 4), D 2 (Bullinger 1, Weiler 1). Free throws: BSM 13-18, D 9-25. Total fouls: BSM 19, D 18. Rebounds: BSM 36 (Schweitzer 8), D 40 (Selle 14). Assists: BSM 3 (Smith 1, Gerving 1, Dvorak 1), D 4 (Selle 1, Jung 1, Bullinger 1, Lacey Forsness 1). Steals: BSM 12 (Dvorak 4), D 13 (Bullinger 5). Blocks: BSM 4 (Dvorak 3), D 0. Turnovers: BSM 24, D 25. Records: BSM 8-9 (West Region 7-7), D 6-11 (West Region 5-10).

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 Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers ( 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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