No. 1 Dickinson Trinity Titans girls basketball falls to Shiloh Christian

The Shiloh Christian girls basketball team wasn't looking to make a statement on Saturday afternoon, but it did.Did it ever.The unranked Skyhawks jumped on the No. 1 Dickinson Trinity Titans early and cruised to a convincing 74-48 victory at the ...

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Shiloh Christian’s Amber Stevahn keeps the basketball away from Dickinson Trinity defenders during their game Saturday in Bismarck. (Photo by The Bismarck Tribune)

The Shiloh Christian girls basketball team wasn't looking to make a statement on Saturday afternoon, but it did.
Did it ever.
The unranked Skyhawks jumped on the No. 1 Dickinson Trinity Titans early and cruised to a convincing 74-48 victory at the Shiloh Christian School gymnasium. Four players scored in double figures for Shiloh, which overwhelmed a team that has all five starters back from last season's Class B state tournament entry.
Sophomore Amber Stevahn, who led all scorers with 20 points, believed the Skyhawks were capable of winning on Saturday, but the 26-point margin of victory took her by surprise.
"We knew how good Trinity is, and that we had to play our best to beat them. But nobody thought it would be by this much," said Stevahn, a 5-foot-9 guard-forward. "We gave it our all today. Everybody stepped up and played their best."
Shiloh coach Daryl Bearstail said his team definitely made a statement by defeating the No. 1 team in Class B girls basketball, but making a statement wasn't the objective.
"We were excited about playing one of the best teams in the state and seeing how we measured up. Win or lose, we knew we were going to learn a few things about ourselves," said Bearstail, whose team improved to 4-0. "I'm very proud of our effort. I liked the way the girls responded to this challenge."
With senior Krista Ulmer scoring nine of her 17 points, the Skyhawks rolled to a 16-7 advantage and led 22-12 at the end of the first quarter. Stevahn said the start gave Shiloh a large dose of confidence.
"It showed us that we could play with them ... that we could win," she said. "A great start always helps when you play good teams."
The Titans, who dropped to 3-1, opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run, trimming the deficit to one, 22-21, but it was all Shiloh from there. Five different Skyhawks scored as Shiloh closed out the first half on a 16-2 run. After the intermission, Brittan Grubb, Ulmer and Stevahn netted six, five and four points, respectively, in a 17-4 tear that made it 55-27. Later, Stevahn scored inside to extend Shiloh's lead past the 30-point mark, 61-30, with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter.
"They made a run against us in the second quarter and that's something we figured would happen ... but we did a nice job taking back control of the game," Bearstail said. "The key was defense ... that's where it all begins. We're always talking about defense and helping each other out."
Bearstail also liked the balanced scoring. Grubb added 15 points, Paige Murray 12 and Allie Mischel 8.
"This is a very unselfish team," he said. "The girls are always looking for each other and sharing the ball. That's another thing we stress every day."
Brianna Soehren and Kennedy Keator led the Titans with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Trinity coach Carter Fong said Saturday's loss was indeed an eye-opener.
"It helps when you play good teams this early in the season because they expose your weaknesses, and we have some weaknesses," said Fong, whose 2014-15 team placed fourth in the state tournament. "We're going to go back and try to work things out. But all the credit today goes to Shiloh. They are the real deal. They're a young team, but they're talented, and they were the better team today."

S 22 16 25 11
T 12 11 12 13
S: Krista Ulmer 17, Paige Murray 12, Brooke Emmel 2, Allie Mischel 8, Brittan Grubb 15, Amber Stevahn 20.
T: Madi Jahner 3, Abby Jones 3, Kennedy Keator 13, Sami Daniel 4, Josie Glaser 3, Alanna Sickler 6, Brianna Soehren 16.
3-pointers: S 4 (Krista Ulmer 2, Allie Mischel 2), T 5 (Jahner 1, Jones 1, Keator 2, Glaser 1). Free throws: S 18-20, T 1-4. Total fouls: S 10, T 16. Rebounds: S 42 (Amber Stevahn 9), T 36 (Soehren 11). Assists: S 4 (Brittan Grbb 2), T 9 (Two tied for 4). Steals: S 8 (Three tied for 2), T 11 (Two tied for 3). Blocks: S 1 (Amber Stevahn 1), T 1 (Soehren 1). Turnovers: S 16, T 13.

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