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Harris nets 15, Braves defeat Dickinson

Turnover woes and rebounding got the best of the Dickinson High girls basketball team. Mandan spoiled Dickinson's season finale with 57-49 win on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. "We knew we had to come out strong tonight and had to get after them and a...

Kelsey PRivratsky
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson High freshman forward Kesley Privratsky battles against Mandan defenders on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.

Turnover woes and rebounding got the best of the Dickinson High girls basketball team.
Mandan spoiled Dickinson’s season finale with 57-49 win on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.
“We knew we had to come out strong tonight and had to get after them and at times we did that and times we didn’t, we had to stop those long stretches,” Dickinson senior Meryl Kovacs said.
Neither team was off to a good start offensively. Mandan shot 28 percent (9 for 32) from the field in first half, while Dickinson could only hit 13 percent (4 for 30).
The Braves struck first with back-to-back 3’s from Shelbey Anderson and Mackensi Higlin then Dickinson responded with four points. Mandan began to pull away as it went on an eight-point run en route to its biggest lead of the game - 16-4 - at 9 minutes, 3 seconds.
“In the first half, we got them into a situation where we were shooting the double bonus and we quit attacking we quit going at them and we need to recognize that and we have to be able to get to the rim,” Dickinson head coach Alysia Barman said.
The Midgets made it a more competitive in the second half.
Down by seven, Dickinson chipped away at its deficit and made it a two-point game, 31-29, with 10 minutes left. The teams exchanged shots, but Mandan regained momentum and began to pull away with 6:31 left.
Kovacs put together a strong performance for her senior night with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Raegan Linster followed with 14 points nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Taylor Privratsky also added nine rebounds and three points.
Mandan Kennedy Harris led the team with 15 points and added three steals, while Hannah Hanson pulled down 10 rebounds and six points. Mackensi Higlin supplied nine points and nine rebounds. Miranda Lowman had eight points and eight rebounds.
The Braves were 20 for 72 from the field and hit 12 of their 24 free throws.
“We’ve been in situations where we’ve been in a lot of close games this year,” Mandan head coach Abby Thomas said. “With that experience, we built on that and said its a 36-minute game, they might go on a run now but we just got to keep our composure and we’ll get that run too and when we do we just need to open it up.”
Rebounding became a crucial and Mandan won the game on the backboards. The team outrebounded Dickinson 61-53 and had 20 second-chance shots.
“We preach to our kids all the time if you win on the rebound you’ll win on the board and if you look at it they had eight more rebounds and they beat us by eight points,” Barman said. “It’s all those little things we have to be better at.”
Dickinson’s fate in the West Region tournament was hanging in the hands of Jamestown, which needed to win to help the Midgets avoid the play-in game. The Blue Jays beat Bismarck St. Mary’s which gave Dickinson the No. 7 seed in the tournament.
“We have to understand at this point it’s take each game we can’t be looking ahead at anything and any given night we can show up and beat somebody or get beat and our kids needs to understand that and we need to play like that,” Barman said.
M: Kennedy Harris 15, Mackensi Higlin 9, Miranda Lowman 8, Shelby Anderson 6, Hannah Hanson 6, Courtney Olson 5, Alicia Weiand 5, Megan Zander 3.
D: Meryl Kovacs 26, Raegan Linster 14, Emilie Sickler 4, Taylor Privratsky, 3, Jayde Lawlar 1, Megan Erickson 1.
Halftime: M 24-17. 3-pointers: M 5 (Harris 2), D 1 (Linster). Free throws: M 12-24, D 22-35. Total fouls: M 26, D 20. Fouled out: D Sickler. Rebounds: M 61 (Hanson 10), D 53 (Kovacs 12). Assists: M 6 (Anderson 2), D 7 (Linster 4). Steals: M 14 (2 tied with 3), D 10 (2 tied with 3). Blocks: M 0, D 1 (Linster). Turnovers: M 24, D 27.

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