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Midgets blitz Watford City: DHS girls lead wire-to-wire in second biggest win of the season

Against an opponent with only eight players dressed, the Dickinson High girls basketball team controlled the action from the opening tip, leading wire-to-wire en route to a 76-47 victory over Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from DHS Gym.

DHS senior guard McKenna Weiler breaks away from the pack during the first half against Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
DHS senior guard McKenna Weiler breaks away from the pack during the first half against Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from DHS Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

Against an opponent with only eight players dressed, the Dickinson High girls basketball team controlled the action from the opening tip, leading wire-to-wire en route to a 76-47 victory over Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from DHS Gym.

Only bested by a 78-29 home victory over Turtle Mountain on Jan. 19, the 76-point output is the second-most points scored, while the 29-point victory is the second largest margin of victory this season.

"One of the keys for our game tonight was to take care of business right away," Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "I think our kids did an excellent job of executing that."

Dickinson scored the game's first nine points.

Sophomore guard Peyton Selle and junior guard Gabby Jung each stripped Wolves ball-handers and laid in uncontested layups before senior guard McKenna Weiler capped the run with a 3-pointer.

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The Midgets causing havoc on the defensive end carried throughout the night, forcing 27 turnovers.

"Putting pressure on teams is something that we've been really good at," Hayden said. "Our team does a really good job with ball pressure on ball-handlers. We work together, we work as a unit, and we force a lot of turnovers. I think we were able to do that tonight right from the tip."

Watford City stayed within striking distance with baskets from junior guards Lindsay Peterson and Sydney Sanford.

The Wolves' ability to make shots in their half-court offensekept Dickinson from breaking away for most of the first half, as Watford City's early deficit lingered between nine and 12 points.

However, with just few minutes to go before halftime. Dickinson put the game away.

In a possession where Midgets turned down good shots for better shots, Selle scored down low, utilizing a pump-fake to break open.

Jung got in on the action, picking off a poor pass in the backcourt, tight-roping the sideline and cruising in for two of her game-high 22 points. She also grabbed six rebounds, snatched four steals and blocked two shots.

It is the second consecutive game Jung has scored more than 20 points. She said her performances not only have increased her confidence, but are aiding a belief that they can compete with anyone if they play the right way.

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"It shows that we can stick with teams and we're not just the underdogs just coming up with certain wins," Jung said. "We're a good team to play against and other teams should watch out for us in the long run."

Weiler nailed her third 3-pointer of the game, pumping the lead to 45-18 before the teams hit the locker room. Dickinson went 6-for-11 from three-point territory while holding the Wolves to 23 percent shooting in the first half.

"They just shot the ball really well today," Watford City head coach Cary Veis said. "They shot the three-ball very well and we didn't convert on our offensive end. That's how it got away, but our kids battled hard and never quit so I'm proud of that."

The lead ballooned up to 40 into the second period before Hayden sent in his reserves.

Freshman guard Emma Mogen led the Wolves with 10 points and six rebounds.

Selle scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds while Weiler finished with 11 points for the Midgets.

"Our team has a vision and that's to get better day by day," Hayden said. "I think they are not compromising that team that we play or overlooking any team that we play. We're focused on doing what do better against any team that we play. That was the most impressive thing about tonight."

Dickinson High 76, Watford City 47

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WC 18 29

D 45 31

WC: Emma Mogen 10, Lindsay Peterson 8, Ashley Holen 8, Sydney Faller 8, Sydney Sanford 6, Iida Lehto 4, Avery Sundeen 3.

D: Gabby Jung 22, Peyton Selle 14, McKenna Weiler 11, Leah Kessel 7, Lacey Forsness 6, Kendryn Bullinger 5, Audrey Rodakowski 3, Marley McChesney 2,

Halftime D 45, WC 18. 3-pointers: WC 1 (Sundeen 1), D 7 (Weiler 3). Free throws: WC 16-28, D 13-16. Total fouls: WC 18, D 25. Fouled out: 1 (WC: Faller). Rebounds: WC 36 (Holen 7), D 47 (Selle 6, Jung 6). Assists: WC 1 (Mogen 1), D 4 (Weiler 1, Selle 1, Jung 1, Madi Eckelberg 1). Steals: WC 6 (Sanford 2, Lehto 2), D 12 (Jung 2). Blocks: WC 0, D 2 (Jung 2). Turnovers: WC 27, D 18. Records: WC 9-8 (Region 8 2-1, District 15 2-0), D 6-9 (Region 7 4-8).

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