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Kubas drives Titans into 'another fun year in Region 7'

Sophomore forward Abbey Kubas looks to get by Watford City junior forward Kaylin Monsen during a Dec. 2017 contest from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)1 / 2
Trinity senior guard Bre Tessier eyes the basket after a baseline drive against New England on Monday, Feb. 5 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)2 / 2

Over three games this season, sophomore forward Abbey Kubas has scored 48 points and tallied 31 rebounds, more than twice that of any of her teammates. With her rookie varsity season behind her, Kubas will be the centerpiece of the 2018-19 Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team.

"She probably put the most time into her game this past summer," Dickinson Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. "She can handle the ball in the full court and has been a good decision maker. She dribbles with her eyes up. She sees the whole floor and she has some range. She can get out to 15 feet and beyond, maybe even the three-point arc if the opportunity presents itself. We don't just look to post her up at 2 feet. She has a more well-rounded game than that this year."

The 5-foot-11 Kubas also leads the team with six assists and 11 steals so far this year, using her length to force turnovers.

Kubas will be the greatest constant carried over from last year as the team lost top scorers Josie Glaser, Jordie McNeilly and Megan Krebs to graduation. In their place, are four seniors in Masy Kuntz, Alexa Walby and captains Bre Tessier and Ali Daniel.

"I think we got great leadership from our whole senior class, we really do," Fong said. "Each of them is unique and brings something different to the table. In Bre's case, she's always positive. You almost never see her having a down day. She brings a lot of positive energy. With Ali, it's the fact that I think she gets every ounce out of her ability. You never need a motivational gimmick to get her going. You're going to get her best effort every single time."

In the season opener, a 54-30 loss to Thompson, Tessier netted five points, following with a 10-point performance in the team's first win of the year, 52-41 over Parshall.

In the Titans' 38-34 win over New Town on Dec. 4, Daniel earned two defensive boards, a steal and an assist, adding to her season totals of six rebounds, three steals and five assists.

"I definitely think my knowledge of basketball, that's one of my strongest suits," Daniel said. "I can get the ball where it needs to be, just my knowledge of the game."

Fong said he expects sophomore Amaya Willer to step up. Combing her 5-foot-10 stature and the glimpse of varsity she got last year, Fong said she could be a consistent scorer for the Titans.

Tessier, Daniel and Willer are a few of many players who were thrusted into the preseason immediately after making a state tournament run with the volleyball team, a situation that gave them little time off, but kept them in the competitive groove.

"It was very quick. We didn't have a lot of time. We only had like one day off," Tessier said. "It was good to get right into it and go because it's my last year so, it's kind of sad."

One thing that the Titans want to change is where they stand in the region. With an 11-12 record last year, the team went into the regional tournament as the No. 8 seed. Dickinson Trinity's season ended with a disappointing 49-48 defeat to eventual state runner-up Killdeer in the quarterfinals. The Titans face a single regional opponent before Christmas in Hazen before facing every other team in the new year.

They will look to stretch their winning streak to three games in the home opener against Shiloh Christian on Saturday, Dec. 8.

"It's gonna be another fun year in Region 7," Fong said. "Hettinger-Scranton and Bowman County are rightfully tabbed as favorites, given what they return. They deserve that nod, but I think they and everybody else understands that on any given night, it's pretty wide open across our region."

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