Dickinson High School Midgets girls team wins well-fought game

DHS steps up after early, first-half deficit

Dickinson High School girls varsity Coach Devan Douglas address her team during a time out in the first half of the Midgets' 73-65 Saturday home win.
Gaylon Wm. Parker/The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — When the going gets tough, it takes that special spark to ignite a fire in an entire team.

For the Dickinson High School Midgets girls team, that ignition came from senior point guard Emily Ash during Saturday’s home win over the Belcourt Bravettes. Ash led the way with 24 points during the 73-65 victory, but added a number of forced turnovers and a solid effort on the defensive side of the ball.

“It felt really good,” Ash said. “We all played as a team and it was a really fun basketball game.”

Ash also finished the game with three 3-pointers and went 3-6 from the line, to go along with a determined defensive effort in the paint on both ends of the court.

“I thought our girls played really well as a team, and this is the best team win we’ve had all season,” Devan Douglas, third-year DHS Coach, said. “I thought that they shared the ball well, they got really excited for each other and played really good outside defense.


“Every single girl on our roster played tonight, so that was excellent. It was a good team win.”

Ash was followed closely by senior forward Caton Pearcy, who drained three 3-pointers herself. But after Ash fouled out of the game with a little less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, Pearcy became the steady force from the free-throw line, hitting five consecutive shots from the charity stripe to keep the Bravettes at bay.

It was, at times, a difficult game between the two teams, as the Bravettes took an early lead on the strength of an abundance of foul calls against DHS and 14 points from the foul line in the first-half. The Midgets battled back, however, to their first lead of the game at 26-25 with 4:19 left to play in the first period.

The Midgets would head into the locker room with a narrow 36-33 lead, and didn’t look back. The closest Belcourt was able to get to DHS was a 71-65 deficit with 12 second left to play after a clutch 3-pointer from Belcourt’s Giselle Vandal – her only points of the game.

“I thought the girls really battled back in the second-half, and they adjusted really well,” Coach Douglas added.

The win moves DHS to 6-12 on the season.

Also turning in solid production for Dickinson High were Jazmin Barry with 8 points on the day, and Sadie Stevenson, who added another 7 to the total.

DHS will next host Williston Tuesday afternoon at 5:45, and just after that they will face the Minot Magicians two days later on Thursday at 5:45 as well.

Gaylon is a sportswriter from Jensen Beach, Fla., but has lived all over the world. Growing up with an athletic background gave him a love of sports that led to a journalism career in such places as Enid, Okla., Alamogordo, N.M., Pascagoula, Miss. and Viera, Fla. since 1998. His main passion is small-town community sports, particularly baseball and soccer.
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