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Midget Misfortune: Dickinson falls to St. Mary's by 22

After a week on the road, DHS struggled to find their rhythm against Bismarck at home in ‘out of sync’ performance

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Kinzie Hoff (22) at the free-throw line.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — The Bismarck St. Mary's proved victorious on Tuesday evening in Dickinson, conquering the Midgets to the tune of 22-points for a final score of 61-43. The Saints' aggressive style of play, controlling the tempo of the game early on, proved too much for DHS’ fatigued squad to handle.

The Midgets returned home after a week of traveling, securing two wins on the road, including an 18-point comeback rally against Watford City. However, the fatigue from their travels appeared to have caught up with them as they struggled to find their rhythm on the court against a top-tiered team in St. Mary’s.

DHS head coach Devan Douglas attributed her team's lackadaisical approach to a tough January schedule, which she said was always difficult to navigate as the constant series of games over a short period of time often separates the top teams in the state from the rest.

"We took a little bit to get going offensively and I just felt we were a little bit out of sync tonight," she said. "But I think they have been doing a lot of really good things. We had a good week last week, so we just have to keep improving, that's all we can do."

The game was close at the end of the first half, separated by only six-points. However, St. Mary's strong outside shooting from the left-side quickly snowballed into an avalanche that DHS couldn't outrun.

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Saints’ senior guard Lydia Spies, who led the game in points with 22, was a key contributor, hitting four shots from outside the perimeter and going 6-for-8 at the charity stripe. Freshman Mykie Messer also impressed, scoring 12 points and leading in rebounds with nine.

The Saints' consecutive run of points came as a result of the Midgets not taking care of the ball, accumulating 30 turnovers in the game — among the highest all season. Junior Lexi Gerving's fast hands led the St. Mary's defense with eight steals and 11 points scored. Dickinson's draining stamina expounded on the large deficit as the final eight minutes of the game would see a normally defensive resiliency collapse.

For the first time this season, junior Kinzie Hoff would lead Dickinson in points with 10, followed by senior Caton Pearcy with seven. Senior point guard Emily Ash fell below her usual par of double digits, scoring only six points on the night — she did lead in rebounds with seven and tied the lead in assists and steals going for two and three respectively.

Abbey Dutke gave solid minutes on the court, coming off the bench, contributing six points, two assists and two steals.

"The coaching staff and myself, we gotta get our heads together and help the team improve," Douglas said. "I think the girls are going to come to practice tomorrow, I am sure they are going to have good attitudes and be ready to go to work."

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Abbey Dutke (12) making a touchdown pass to Caton Pearcy (20).
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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