Bismarck High conquers Dickinson’s basketball court
The Dickinson boys and girls basketball programs yielded two losses at home to Bismarck High Friday night.
In both games the visitors gave top-tier performances that reflected their solid region standings. The two Bismarck programs each rank third in the WDA and showed it in their clash with the Midgets.
Bismarck High 62, Dickinson 40
The Midgets were behind in points from the early minutes, missing their shots and rebounds.
Though they would have a moment of narrow margin battling, the Demons would take a 30-point lead in the second half.
Dickinson head coach Devin Douglas took the loss on her shoulders and pleaded to extend teaching what she saw was lacking in the game.
“We played a really good first half, but our only downfall is that we can't put two halves together right now,” Douglas said. “That is something as a coaching staff that we are going to have to fix…We haven't worked on zone defense this season and rebounding out of a zone is really challenging. I thought our girls did a good job initially, but it's just getting young kids to be disciplined and box out no matter what then going up and getting those rebounds.”
The Midgets secured the jump ball to start the game, but it would be Bismarck that would take the first cluster of points starting with a layup. It was 11-3 at 11:30 in the first half, with Dickinson struggling on offense.
They did find success at the free-throw line that helped keep them afloat. Bismarck on the other hand was throwing up fire from the three-point line to further extend their lead. Dickinson junior guard Emily Ash was able to find points from beyond the arc herself, knocking down three shots from distance.
In the final 13 seconds of the first half, the Demons collected the offensive rebound and put it back up for two, taking a 31-25 lead at the half.
The margin of points would only grow in the second half after the Midgets conceded 16 points unchecked.
With eight minutes left in the game the score was 55-31, but Dickinson continued to fight, collecting more rebounds and finding pockets through Bismarck’s defense and by the very end they took back two points from their deficit to make it 62-40.
Ash led Dickinson in points with 13 and tied junior guard Caton Peacy for the most steals with two. Pearcy finished with ten points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Sadie Stevenson led in rebounds with nine.
“Bismarck High is a really good team, they compete at the top and so I think our girls did a really good job. We just got to come together and figure a few things out and we will be just fine,” Douglas said. “These are the tough months in basketball season. Our girls have a good attitude. They work hard every single day and we are just going to keep getting better and that is all we can ask for.”
Bismarck High 105, Dickinson 65
The final score of 105-65 was a reflection of the whole game with the Demons indisputably controlling the court. The Midgets could not match Bismarck’s heavy pressure with fast feet in the game.
The Midgets grabbed their first pair of baskets from a layup by junior guard Alex Dvorak right after forcing a turnover to make it 5-2. However Dickinson would see the margin of points grow wide as the Demons would go on a 14-1 run. Dickinson called a timeout to try and figure out what was keeping them from finding the bottom of the net.
“I am not sure if we were mentally scared of them or what but we weren't ready on both hands of the court,” Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. “I think it's always tough when you play them the first time. You can try and simulate it in practice but it is just a whole different style of play and we just were not aggressive enough.”
With just ten minutes left in the first the Midgets were still in a haze finding no success while Bismarck seemed automatic from the field. The score was 26-3.
Dickinson managed to get some points on the board, but by halftime their deficit was mountainous with the score being 63-21.
In the second half the Midgets played a variety of players while still peppering in the starting lineup. Dickinson began to find their bearings with higher field goal efficiency, splashing five from three-point range.
Dickinson outscored the Demons and tripled their own halftime score, but it wouldnt change the stack of points Bismarck had already accumulated in the first half.
Dvorak was Dickinson’s leading scorer with 24, followed by senior forward Isaac Daley with 17, including a 9-for-12 performance at the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Damon Glasser got seven rebounds himself and talled ten points. As a team, the Midgets shot 63 percent at the line.
“We didn't change anything strategic wise, we just tried to change our mentality and that seems to work out a little better,” Glasser said. “So hopefully they see that if we are aggressive that good things will happen and carry that second half and use that momentum onto the next game.”
Their next matchup will be against Mandan at home on Tuesday, Jan.18.