Moody’s 55 points second-best in ND Class A history, fuels Dickinson High win
Turtle Mountain's comeback was short-lived. Aanen Moody made sure of that.Moody, a Dickinson junior guard, scored 32 of his career-high 55 points in the second half to help suppress a Braves' team that had clawed back from a 14-0 deficit in the o...
Turtle Mountain’s comeback was short-lived. Aanen Moody made sure of that.
Moody, a Dickinson junior guard, scored 32 of his career-high 55 points in the second half to help suppress a Braves’ team that had clawed back from a 14-0 deficit in the opening minutes Friday at DHS gymnasium. The Midgets won 91-71.
“They just missed some shots early on and sort of came back,” Moody said, “so I knew I had to stay aggressive, especially in the second half.”
Moody’s 55 points stand as the second-most points in a single game in North Dakota Class A boys basketball history, according to the North Dakota Hoopster website. Moody was a perfect 10 for 10 from the foul line, and he was 18 of 32 from the field, including nine 3-pointers.
“He never seems to disappoint,” junior guard Shawn Steffan said. “There’s always something new with him. During the game, I didn’t even know he was going off for that much. It was just Aanen doing his thing, so you don’t notice until after. He just gets in his rhythm.”
The single-game scoring record is 60, held by Robert Eaglestaff of Fort Yates in 1970.
The Braves were held scoreless for the first 4 minutes, 53 seconds while the Midgets built an early lead. Turtle Mountain (3-8, 2-8 West Region) head coach DJ McGillis said his team responded well in the face of adversity, but Dickinson (10-4, 9-3) played well on the other end as well.
“We finally made some shots,” he said. “We’ve had a slow start in the last four or five ballgames, and I don’t know what it is. We dug ourselves into a hole, and they just took advantage.”
McGillis also said Moody simply became too much to contend with.
“What do you do? He’s a phenomenal player,” McGillis said. “We tried different defenses on him. Great player. It’s hard to stop a great player like that.”
Steffan, who had all seven of his points in the second half, said the team went back to its fundamentals in the final 18 minutes.
“When we turn the ball over, we can’t get our offense set up,” he said. “When we slow things down and start getting things set up, that’s when we’re really dangerous on offense. We took care of the ball more and played better defense. We got them out of their rhythm.”
The win, and Moody’s offensive outburst, aside, Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said he and his team still hoped to get more out of the game.
“We need other people to score other than Aanen,” he said. “We’ve got guys in scoring position, and they’re not even looking to score. That’s one thing that we need to work on right now, just everybody being aggressive and wanting to put the ball in the hole.”
Dickinson junior center Jordan Meidinger scored 11 points. Eli Jung, Tanner Binstock and Wyatt Kainz all added four points.
Glasser admits, though, that it’s truly a special season that Moody is having. The junior’s scoring average now sits at 30.4 points per game.
“You start to take it for granted, but then you take a step back and realize what he’s doing,” Glasser said. “Tonight was a big night obviously. The consistency of it is the remarkable part to me. He doesn’t really have down games. He’s really good at taking what the defense gives him.”
Turtle Mountain had three players score in double digits, led by sophomore Taven Azure’s 16.
The Midgets emerged unscathed from a stretch of three games in four days this week, which was what the team had hoped for going in.
“It gives us a lot of confidence,” Moody said, “especially that one of those teams (Bismarck High) happened to be the third team in our conference, which was above us, so it gives us that much more confidence going to face Minot next week.”
TM: Taven Azure 16, Seth Gillis 14, Colten Birkland 11, Julian Parisien 7, Trevor Baker 6, Lyle Radar 4, Tanner Brien 2.
D: Aanen Moody 55, Jordan Meidinger 11, Shawn Steffan 7, Tanner Binstock 4, Wyatt Kainz 4, Eli Jung 4, Cam Jorda 2, Jake Weidner 2, Connor Hoenke 2.
Halftime: D 38, TM 32 .3-pointers: TM 7 (Azure 4, Gillis 2, Birkland 1), D 10 (Moody 9, Steffan 1). Free throws: TM 11-17, D 19-27.