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Dickinson Trinity Titans girls basketball beats New England in Region 7 second round

Dickinson Trinity's Region 7 title defense started without a hitch Monday as the Titans girls basketball team made quick work of New England in the quarterfinals of the region tournament at Dickinson High gymnasium.

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Dickinson Trinity junior guard Abby Jones, right, looks to pass while being defended by New England freshman guard Elizabeth Kaufman during the quarterfinals of the Region 7 tournament Monday at Dickinson High gymnasium. (Parker Cotton/The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson Trinity’s Region 7 title defense started without a hitch Monday as the Titans girls basketball team made quick work of New England in the quarterfinals of the region tournament at Dickinson High gymnasium.

The Titans were never truly challenged on their way to a 74-37 victory, quickly erasing the memory of their narrow loss to Glen Ullin-Hebron in the regular season finale.

“We were really nervous about this game just because of what was on the line,” Trinity junior guard Abby Jones said. “But we really knew what the goal was and did our best to achieve it.”

Aided by a pair of 3-pointers, Jones tallied 12 points for Trinity (18-4, 12-1 Region 7), and senior forwards Alanna Sickler and Brianna Soehren scored 18 and 11, respectively. Sickler also gathered a game-high 18 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.

“Abby’s playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Titans head coach Carter Fong said. “We trust her. She understands that when she has an opening on the perimeter, it’s her job to take and make that shot, and she stepped up and knocked down some big ones.”

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Trinity faces Killdeer at 5 p.m. today in the semifinals.

The Titans led by eight after one quarter but held a 34-15 edge by halftime.

The Tigers (9-13, 6-8) scored 11 in both the third and fourth quarters, but the Titans kept pouring it on.Trinity shot 45.7 percent from the field in the second half and 42.3 percent for the game.

“We were very balanced in terms of scoring,” Fong said. “Once we got in the flow of the game, we were taking better shots, and we calmed down.”

Trinity got eight points from senior Madi Jahner and seven points from junior guard Sami Daniel. Junior Emma Veverka added five, and classmate Lauren Stafford supplied four, and four other Titans entered the scoring column with at least two points.

“We really wanted to stay in our man-to-man, but playing good, hard, aggressive defense, we picked up some fouls,” Fong said, “so we went deep into our bench. We played some girls who are coming off of injuries and battling back, and they gave us quality minutes.”
New England senior guard Jenna Ehlis scored a game-high 21 points and had five steals in the final game of her career.

“Jenna gave it her all. She had all the effort and all the heart in the world out there,” Tigers head coach Jordyn Bender said. “She’s an unbelievable player. … Jenna kind of took over tonight, but at the same time, you’re not going to win many games with one girl scoring for you. We needed other girls to step up and score the basketball, and that really hurt us tonight.”

Sophomore guard Paige Ehlis notched six points for the Tigers and junior forward Julia Eineborg Schon had four points and seven rebounds before fouling out.

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Offense was hard to come by for New England, evidenced by a 22.9 shooting percentage for the game.

“Jenna earned her 21 against us, and hats off to her for a great career,” Fong said. “We did a great job everywhere else in contesting their shots and winning the battle of the boards again. That helped us playing with a lead throughout the game. Holding them to one shot was huge.”

Much like the team’s first meeting, which Trinity won 60-35, the Tigers had trouble contending with the Titans’ size.

New England missed several shots in the lane and lost the rebounding battle 57-24.

“We missed a lot a bunnies, some and-ones that would have gone in and could have changed the game a little bit,” Bender said. “Also they came shooting really well on the outside tonight, so they hurt us there too.”

NE     7     15    26   37

DT     15   34    56   74

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NE: Jenna Ehlis 21, Paige Ehlis 6, Julia Eineborg Schon 4, Jordan Kass 2, Hailee Kuske 2, Takoda Westling 1, Elizabeth Kaufman 1.

DT: Alanna Sickler 18, Abby Jones 12, Brianna Soehren 11, Madi Jahner 8, Sami Daniel 7, Emma Veverka 5, Lauren Stafford 4, Jordie McNeilly 3, Josie Glaser 2, Sarah Kerkman 2, Megan Krebs 2.

3-pointers: NE 1 (J. Ehlis 1), DT 6 (Jones 2, Jahner 2, Daniel 1, McNeilly 1). Free throws: NE 8-14, DT 16-19. Total fouls: NE 20, DT 19. Fouled out: NE, Schon. Rebounds: Ne 24 (Schon 7), DT 57 (Sickler 18). Assists: NE 0, DT 7 (Jahner 2). Steals: NE 9 (J. Ehlis 5), DT 5 (Sickler 2). Blocks: NE 2 (Kass 1, J. Ehlis 1), DT 1 (Soehren 1). Turnovers: NE 10, DT 15.

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