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No. 1-ranked Century overwhelms Midgets

A difficult task already, facing No. 1-ranked Bismarck Century on Tuesday became more difficult for Dickinson High while playing without its tallest player.

Dickinson High senior Megan Erickson, left, defends against Bismarck Century's Hannah Schwartz Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior Megan Erickson, left, defends against Bismarck Century's Hannah Schwartz Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
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A difficult task already, facing No. 1-ranked Bismarck Century on Tuesday became more difficult for Dickinson High while playing without its tallest player.

While missing Mariah Mortensen due to a right knee injury suffered against Williston, the Midgets girls basketball team was roughed up by the Patriots, 79-22, at DHS gymnasium.

"Every shot we took, they altered the shot just by getting their hands up and closing out to us," Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "Every rebound we tried to grab, they were there first. They did a great job blocking out and their hands were up the entire time. Their athleticism and the way they played together just stifled us."

The Patriots led wire-to-wire, anchored by strong play from seniors Maddie Klein and Regan Dennis and freshman Lauren Ware.

"When we have all three on the floor, we create some mismatches for other teams," Patriots coach Ron Metz said.

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Dennis led all scorers with 17 points. Klein followed with 15, and the 6-foot-3 Ware supplied 11. Sophomore Lilly Keplin also scored 13.

Century built a 23-0 lead over the first nine minutes of the game, putting it out of reach early.

"We knew they were going to come out, they're really scrappy, really aggressive," Metz said, "so we knew we had to take care of the ball.

"The way we came out tonight, early in the first half, and were able to get things done offensively, that was nice to see."

With the score so lopsided, Metz wanted his team made sure to work on its sets and execution.

The Patriots stretched their lead north of 50 points in the second half.

Dickinson senior Jayde Lawlar led the Midgets with seven points, and Kelsey Privratsky scored three. Six other teammates each pitched in two points to complete Dickinson's scoring.

Disappointing as the outcome may have been, Hayden said he was proud of his team's effort until the final buzzer and hopes the game comes as a learning experience to his team.

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"They're the No. 1 team in the state for a reason, and there's a lot of things we can learn from the best team in the state," he said. "We have to go back to the drawing board and look at the film and see the things we did well and also see the things they do really well and maybe try to pick up a thing or two."

Bismarck Century 79, Dickinson High 22

BC: Regan Dennis 17, Maddie Klein 15, Lilly Keplin 13, Lauren Ware 11, Hannah Schwartz 7, Katelyn Selensky 5, Megan Anderson 4, Mariya Kinnebrew 4, Bailey Wilhelm 3.

DHS: Jayde Lawlar 7, Kelsey Privratsky 3, Megan Erickson 2, Sarah Dobitz 2, Peyton Selle 2, Gabby Jung 2, Lacey Forsness 2, McKenna Weiler 2.

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