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Moody, Midgets run past Jamestown

They tried double-teaming him, they tried fouling him, and the Jamestown junior varsity team, sitting courtside, tried good-heartedly taunting him, but for Dickinson High's Aanen Moody, it seemed to be just another day at DHS gymnasium.

Dickinson High senior Aanen Moody dribbles right against a Jamestown defender Saturday night at DHS gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior Aanen Moody dribbles right against a Jamestown defender Saturday night at DHS gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

They tried double-teaming him, they tried fouling him, and the Jamestown junior varsity team, sitting courtside, tried good-heartedly taunting him, but for Dickinson High's Aanen Moody, it seemed to be just another day at DHS gymnasium.

Despite their best efforts, the senior torched the Blue Jays with a consistent bevy of acrobatic layups, well-timed passes and three-pointers, finishing with 44 points on 17 of 27 shooting in a comfortable wire-to-wire 87-56 Midgets win Saturday evening.

In the first half in particular, Jamestown head coach Luke Anderson spent stretches with two Blue Jays assigned to Moody alone. On several occasions, they either pressured him to the point that the ref had to call a foul or got overzealous enough that Moody escaped for a backdoor layup. In the first 18 minutes, he had 29.

"I just like to play through it and fight through (double-teams). I just like to play ball and do me. It doesn't get to me at all," Moody said. "I mean, it's uncomfortable having guys hanging on your arms, so I do what I can to get them off. When I shake them it gives me the opportunity to find open teammates and free up my game."

Moody and the Midgets took a 23-point lead into halftime, a tally of 48-25, and, if there was any lingering doubt, Dickinson ended it quickly when play resumed.

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A put-back dunk by center Jordan Meidinger, two three-point shots in transition and a layup from Moody aided a 12-0 run that happened before most people were back in their seats.

The rest was a cakewalk for the Midgets.

"It's (a luxury), it is. And so many times that offense comes from our defense," said Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser, whose defense forced 22 turnovers. "We've done a really good job lately of putting pressure on the ball and making teams uncomfortable. It's a combination of trying to get them to make mistakes and us taking care of the ball. It's a lot easier to get buckets when you're getting stops."

Chase Ballard was second on Dickinson with 12 points, Eli Jung had 11 and eight rebounds. Meidinger was next with seven.

The Midgets shot 34 of 75 for the game, holding the Blue Jays to just 35.1 percent on 20 of 57 shooting.

Perhaps the biggest blunder came late in the second half, when, on a breakaway, Moody lofted a hopeful alley-oop pass to Meidinger. The 7-foot center corralled it, but when he tried the dunk, he had it go off the back rim. The ball found its way to Moody, who missed from deep. A Midget got it back and gave it back to Moody, who finished off a twisting layup.

Still, he noted, that's the second alley-oop in as many games that have gone awry.

"Man, that's another one we didn't communicate on," Moody said, laughing. "Hopefully we can go into practice tomorrow or Monday and work on it. You can expect a successful one next game."

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Dickinson 87, Jamestown 56

JHS: John Horgan 15, Dawson Douty 9, Boden Skunberg 8, Adam Reiten 6, Mason Walters 6, Ryder Lunzman 5, Isaac Bruister 3, Bryan Mosolf 2, Jacob Ament 2.

DHS: Aanen Moody 44, Chase Ballard 12, Eli Jung 11, Jordan Meidinger 7, Isaac Egli 5, Cam Jorda 4, Shawn Steffan 3, Hunter Schatz 1.

Halftime: DHS 48, JHS 25. 3-pointers: JHS 4-15 (Douty 1-4, Horgan 1-3, Lunzman 1-4, Bruister 1-1, Skunberg 0-2, Reiten 0-1), DHS 8-23 (Moody 6-13, Steffan 1-1, Ballard 1-3, Schatz 0-2, Ouellette 0-3). Free throws: JHS 12-18, DHS 11-18. Total fouls: JHS 14, DHS 19. Rebounds: JHS 38 (Skunberg 10), DHS 45 (Moody 8, Jung 8). Assists: JHS 4 (Douty 3), DHS 6 (Steffan 2, Moody 2). Steals: JHS 4 (Four with one), DHS 14 (Moody 8). Blocks: JHS 2 (Skunberg 1, Reiten 1), DHS 2 (Meidinger 2). Turnovers: DHS 22, DHS 12.

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