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Midgets snap slide against Turtle Mountain

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Dickinson High girls basketball team collected its first victory of the 2018-19 campaign by defeating Turtle Mountain Community High School 56-37 on the road. The early-season triumph over the Bravettes ignited the Midgets'...

Dickinson High senior guard Gabby Jung whips a pass into the corner against Turtle Mountain Community High School on Friday, Feb. 8, from the Dickinson High Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior guard Gabby Jung whips a pass into the corner against Turtle Mountain Community High School on Friday, Feb. 8, from the Dickinson High Gym. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Dickinson High girls basketball team collected its first victory of the 2018-19 campaign by defeating Turtle Mountain Community High School 56-37 on the road. The early-season triumph over the Bravettes ignited the Midgets' best stretch of the year during a 4-2 start.

Since then, much has changed for the girls in orange and white. Ravaged by multiple injuries to key players, Dickinson dropped its last 10 contests by an average of 21.6 points per game prior its second meeting with Turtle Mountain this season.

In their highest-scoring performance of the year that saw every player in uniform enter the scoring column, the Midgets snapped a 10-game losing streak following an 81-38 win over the Bravettes on Friday, Feb. 8, from the Dickinson High Gym.

The 43-point victory is Dickinson's largest margin of victory this season.

"It feels awesome," senior guard Gabby Jung said of the team breaking its midseason slide. "The team has so much more energy now and the next few games are going to be intense. I feel like we can come out with more wins now."

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Following a defensive rebound, junior Peyton Selle dribbled the length of the court before dropping off a pass in the paint to junior post Audrey Rodakowski, who's bucket inside gave the Midgets a 13-4 advantage, prompting a Bravette timeout early in the first half.

Dickinson's lead over the visitors seesawed between around a seven and twelve cushion shortly thereafter before its pressure created an insurmountable gap. Implementing a 1-2-2 full-court trap, the Midgets created four turnovers in the midst of a 12-0 surge.

"It was really effective and I was really proud of our girls for running it the way that they did," Dickinson head coach James Hayden remarked on his trapping defense. "We switched it up to where we were doing the 1-2-2 trap immediately off the inbound and when they called a timeout, we brought it back to the half-court. We worked on that all day yesterday, and we worked on trapping and not fouling out of the trap. ... I think we kind of stymied them right off the bat."

With turnovers in three of their final four possessions in the first half, Turtle Mountain entered the halftime break down 39-19 after committing 18 giveaways in the first 18 minutes of action. However, according to head coach Curt Keplin, it was his team's defense that was lacking.

"(Dickinson) moved the basketball and (made) their outside shots," Keplin said. "We're a young team and have got a lot to learn. We mixed it up a little bit with a 1-3-1 (zone), man-to-man, a 2-3, but nothing worked. They're a pretty decent team; I know that they are at the bottom of the standings, but they got some good players."

The home team knocked down nine 3-pointers, five from Jung. Whether she was able to free some space with a step-back dribble, drive to the cup or fire on a catch-and-shoot, the senior guard got into a rhythm. She scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the opening half, balancing out her moments to score with moments of making the right basketball play.

"I was trying to be aggressive, but still hit the open person if I'm on a drive or if I'm double-teamed, Jung said. "I still tried to hit the open teammate, but still tried to be aggressive."

Rodakowski was the only other player in double-figures with 12 points.

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Junior forward Tambraye Trottier, junior guard Erin Blue Keplin and senior guard Falynn Ferris each had seven points to pace the visitors.

With the game out of reach, Dickinson pulled its regulars for the reserves. As the players who normally see little time on the floor continued to stretch out the lead, they were met with loud applause from their teammates on the bench, providing encouragement after every rebound, diving attempt at a loose ball, or basket scored.

"It shows you the kind of girls that we have," Hayden said. "Everybody wants everybody to be successful and I couldn't be more proud of the high-quality character that we have amongst every single girl. It just makes it a lot of fun and I'm hoping that we can support each other well enough throughout the rest of the season to give us momentum. Hopefully, we can carry out what we did tonight into our next few games."

Dickinson High 81, Turtle Mountain Community 38

TMC 19 19

D 39 42

TMC: Tambraye Trottier 7, Erin Blue Keplin 7, Falynn Ferris 7, Kobi Keplin 6, Kaylin Melaterre 3, Trinity Azure 3, Kaydence Gourneau 3, Breah Crissler 2.

D: Gabby Jung 24, Audrey Rodakowski 12, Peyton Selle 8, Symone Beld 7, Jayce Bradley 7, Kendryn Bullinger 6, Madison Lindley 4, Sydney Binstock 3, Addie Kuehl 3, Reese Hauck 3, Paige Balliet 2, Taylor Nelson 2.

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3-pointers: TMC 6 (Trottier, E. Keplin, Ferris, Azure, K. Keplin, Melaterre), D 9 (Jung 5). Free throws: TMC 10-21, D 16-31. Total fouls: TMC 20, D 18. Fouled out: 1 (TMC: Crissler). Records: TMC 1-17 (West Region 0-17), D 5-12 (West Region 5-11).

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