Trinity kept out of Region 7’s top three in loss to Bowman County
Trinity fought for a comeback down the stretch, but would fall at home against Region 7 leaders Bowman County.
DICKINSON — In a highly anticipated matchup against the Region 7 No. 1 Bowman County Bulldogs, the Dickinson Trinity High School basketball team put up a strong fight but ultimately suffered a 10-point home loss. Despite the outcome, the Titans' impressive performance on both sides of the court showcased their determination and skill on the hardwood.
The two teams met inside the Knights of Columbus Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, with rebounds and points from the paint were decisive factors to the Bulldogs 60-50 victory. Bowman County had 26 rebounds, 10 offensive and scored 38 points from the paint.
Trinity put up strong numbers on both sides of the court, 52.5 field goal percentage, finishing just over the Bulldogs’ 51.1 %. On defense they collected three stolen balls, nine defelections, 12 defensive rebounds.
“I thought our girls did an excellent job, both offensively and defensively and I am just so proud of the effort,” Jared Scheeler, Trinity’s head coach, said. “We have been working on so many things throughout this season with the goal of peaking at this time of year. To be honest we have struggled to execute in games the things that we have been working on in practice, but today it just seems to have come together very well.”
Trinity were in a nine-point deficit after the first half, but did well to spread the point scoring around. They had three players earn double-digits; Ava Jahner led with 13 points and was followed by Annabel Scheeler and Nevaeh Tormaschy with 12 each.
Scheeler scored half her points in the first half, all coming from outside the perimeter, with two three-pointer.
Ultimately, the Bulldogs’ standout post Ellie Powell dominated from down low, scoring 27 points, going 5-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Titans’ forward Tormaschy tried hard to keep up with Powell from the paint, including a six-point quarter in the third.
The third quarter was Trinity’s best, beating Bowman County 17-14. Scheeler saying that the Titan squad did exceptionally well moving the ball and making the easy play.
“We believe when we play out best we can compete with anybody and to an extent I think we showed that tonight,” Scheeler said. “ If you are asking for my opinion, I think [Bowman County] is underrated. They are just a tremendous basketball team , they are well coached and Ellie Powell is a phenomenal player.”
The two sides McKenna Ernst tied Jahner in rebounds for the Titans with four each, followed by Tormaschy with three.
Bowman County were quick on defense, garnering nine steals to have 15 points off turnovers — one over Trinity. Their win over Trinity would keep the Titans out of Region 7’s top three standings. The Bulldogs remain undefeated in their region and are eighth in the state, with only one blemish in their season, being against Central McLean, who are polled as fifth best in the state.