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Selle guides Midgets past Williston

With about 30 seconds remaining in the Dickinson High girls basketball team's game against Williston, senior Morgan Kainz put away a basket, bringing her teammates on the bench to their feet, and the score to 43-33.

Dickinson High sophomore Audrey Rodakowski netted six points against Williston on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the DHS gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High sophomore Audrey Rodakowski netted six points against Williston on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the DHS gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

With about 30 seconds remaining in the Dickinson High girls basketball team's game against Williston, senior Morgan Kainz put away a basket, bringing her teammates on the bench to their feet, and the score to 43-33.

Just seconds later, the Midgets collected a 43-35 victory over Williston on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the DHS gymnasium.

"We were so happy," sophomore Peyton Selle said. "I think that was the best part of the game. Everybody was so hyped for her to get the final points on senior night.

The basket was Kainz' first of the season. She also made her first start alongside senior Lexi Jordheim who has spent the season on the sideline recovering from a broken leg. They both stayed in for about two minutes in which only Marley McChesney found basket, but the opening minutes set the tone for the evening.

"That was amazing," Jordheim said. "Especially because she's such a great gal that, I mean, we all love each other like we love her. That was just a great representation of all of us together."

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Once familiar feet found the floor, the Midgets got into a rhythm, led by Peyton Selle. The junior put away 11 points in the opening half including a three point play, helping secure a 19-9 lead at the half.

Selle only netted four points in the second half, but her defense improved.

"I know that one thing I can do is help the team out on rebounds and play good defense," Selle said.

Selle and freshman Audrey Rodakowski sucked in the defensive rebound on nearly every Coyote miss, of which there were many.

"We had every shot we wanted, it just wasn't falling," Williston head coach Luanne Axelson said. "I asked the other coach what he put on the basket because little bunnies weren't going for us. We just couldn't hit the hole."

The Midgets still had a hand in their struggles.

"The last couple days we've really worked on our defense and just getting better on what we do," Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "I think the girls executed the game plan really well. We were very energetic out there."

Selle stepped up when junior Gabby Jung has an off night. Jung only drained three shots, but was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.

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With six minutes left in the game, Williston had all the momentum. The Coyotes closed a Midget advantage with a 13-2 run capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore Emily Jaegar, bringing the score to 31-24.

Following an inbounds pass, Jung stole the ball, barrelled up court and was fouled while attempting to shoot. She sank both her free throws. A minute later, Rodakowski stepped up the line, mimicking Jung's success. The 6-foot forward followed with a basket in the next possession, drawing a foul on the shot. She missed the three-point opportunity, but Selle scooped up the rebound, found junior Lauren Jorda, who scored her only basket of the game.

The series stabilized the Midgets and gave them a sufficient lead.

While Williston struggled shooting from the line, and 50-50 balls sometimes fell in the Midgets favor, the same should not be expected on Friday when the teams face off again in a WDA play in game.

"I liked the battle that we had," Axelson said. "We won't shoot like that the next time we're in here on Friday. I guarantee we won't."

While the Coyotes are hoping to have a better night on offense, Dickinson is prepared for them to improve on the other end of the court as well.

"I don't think they showed everything they were going to do defensively," Hayden said. "We're going to cover a number of different areas and hope for the best on Friday."

Dickinson High 43, Williston 35

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W: Emily Jaegar 12, Jaylen Helstad 9, Danielle Stauffer 6, Brooklyn Douglas 4, Bridget Carvey 2, Makia Memus 2.

D: Peyton Selle 13, Gabby Jung 12, Audrey Rodakowski 6, Laren Jorda 4, Mckenna Weiler 2, Marley McChesney 2, Kendryn Bullinger 2, Morgan Kainz 2.

Halftime: D 19, W 9. 3-pointers: W 2 ( Jaegar). Free throws: W 7-9, D 11-16. Total fouls: W 15, D 14. Records: W 4-18, D 7-14.

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