Dickinson High girls basketball's second-half push falls short in loss at St. Mary's

BISMARCK -- Although Dickinson High girls basketball team matched Bismarck St. Mary's point for point Tuesday night, the effort didn't equal a win.The Midgets (1-10, 0-10 West Region) matched the Saints' 31 points in the second half, but St. Mary...

BISMARCK - Although Dickinson High girls basketball team matched Bismarck St. Mary’s point for point Tuesday night, the effort didn’t equal a win.
The Midgets (1-10, 0-10 West Region) matched the Saints’ 31 points in the second half, but St. Mary’s (4-9, 3-7) pulled away for a 56-51 West Region victory Tuesday.

“We improved and got better,” Dickinson head coach Alysia Barman said. “There are things we need to work on, but we’re pleased with how our kids competed.”
Raegan Linster went 5 for 8 from the 3-point line and led all scorers with 19 points. Jayde Lawlar was the game’s second-best scorer with 14 points.
The presence of Linster, Barman said, brings much more pressure off the rest of Dickinson’s offense.
“We didn’t have a guard that would look to catch and shoot right away,” Barman said. “Raegan brings that to the team where we can kick out to her and open up the post.”
Taylor Gerving (12 points), Lindsey Schweitzer (11) and Kaitlyn Wanner (10) combined for 33 points to lead St. Mary’s.
Dickinson also outrebounded St. Mary’s 40-34. Taylor Privratsky and Mariah Mortensen each tallied seven rebounds. Privratsky also totaled a game-best six assists.
As a team, Dickinson shot 39.2 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from the 3-point line, while St. Mary’s was 36.1 percent and 28.6 percent.
What went wrong, Barman said, was the last 3 minutes, which was when Dickinson lost out on different opportunities to seal the win.
“The only thing we were disappointed with (was) the last 3 minutes of the game,” Barman said. “We need to be a little bit more aggressive. … We have to get better in those situations.”
Alexus Meduna, Megan Erickson and Linster all racked up three steals to lead the Midgets.
Wanner totaled eight rebounds, seven steals and three blocks - all game highs.
Dickinson’s next game will be another West Region contest against No. 5-ranked Bismarck High at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at DHS gymnasium.
“We just need to get better every day,” Barman said. “If we continue to get better, hopefully we’re going to get a few more wins against some teams. That’s what our ultimate goal has got to be.”

D: Alexus Meduna 2, Taylor Privratsky 6, Jayde Lawlar 14, Gabi Jung 3, Mariah Mortensen 7, Raegan Linster 19.
SM: Cara Hilzenberger 5, Sydney Smith 8, Alyssa Beck 9, Lindsey Schweitzer 11, Kaitlyn Wanner 10, Taylor Gervig 12.
Halftime: SM 24, D 20. 3-pointers: D 7 (Jung 1, Mortensen 1, Linster 5), SM 2 (Beck 2). Free throws: D 409, SM 2-7. Total fouls: D 16, SM 14. Rebounds: D 40 (two tied with 7), SM 34 (Wanner 8). Assists: D 14 (Privratsky 6), SM 9 (Smith 3). Steals: D 13 (three tied with 3), SM 18 (Wanner 7). Blocks: D 3 (Linster 2), SM 5 (Wanner 3). Turnovers: D 29, SM 24.

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