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Shiloh Christian too much for Titans

Against the defending Class B state champions in Shiloh Christian, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team, playing at home at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, started the first two quarters by giving the Skyhawks a run for their money.

Dickinson Trinity guard Josie Glaser goes up for a layup against Shiloh Christian Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity guard Josie Glaser goes up for a layup against Shiloh Christian Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

Against the defending Class B state champions in Shiloh Christian, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team, playing at home at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, started the first two quarters by giving the Skyhawks a run for their money.

But after a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the first half by Josie Glaser cut the lead to 20-18, Shiloh Christian awoke for 38 second-half points, on their way to a 58-40 win over the Titans.

The Skyhawks began their pull-away run right when the third quarter started, and the difference was the full-court, man-to-man press that had Trinity's hands tied.

A swarming defense forced consecutive turnovers and propelled Shiloh Christian to a 16-0 run; the Titans (1-3) didn't score in the quarter for nearly five minutes.

"I thought we were slow on both ends of the court. We weren't getting anything accomplished, we like to pressure and they were handling our zone pass pretty good, so I figured we'd try to start trapping on that first inbounds pass," said Shiloh Christian head coach Daryl Bearstail. "That was the thing, we wanted to pick up the intensity and get our girls working a little bit harder, because in that first half I didn't think we were working as hard."

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After Shiloh Christian's run to take control of the game, the Titans put together a nice run themselves in the final three minutes of the third quarter, and when Masy Kuntz banked in a layup right before the buzzer, Dickinson Trinity had cut the lead to 37-30.

But a 4-0 run by the Skyhawks to begin the fourth quarter on two baskets by Amber Stevahn, who had 18 points, brought the momentum back their way. Brittan Grubb's 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting were the game-high.

"They just had a lot of height in the post, they just have a lot of good athletes," said Glaser, who finished with a team-high 14. "I think we did good at breaking the press in the first half, I think we got them out of their rhythm. We competed well."

Behind Glaser was Jordie McNeilly, who scored nine points on three made 3-point shots. Lauren Stafford added five - all on free-throws - with nine rebounds and Zoe Fath had four.

The Titans stuck around as long as they could, but the big problem was the Sky Hawks' pressure, and the 17 overall turnovers that came from it.

"I was satisfied with our first-half effort. We competed hard throughout the game, we have to take better care of the basketball, though, there's no doubt about that. But their press finally did get to us, no question," said Trinity head coach Carter Fong. "We have a lot of faces in new places this year, and it's going to take some time to adapt to new roles. This'll only make us better in the long run. A loss is acceptable at this point of the year if we learn from it."

 

Shiloh Christian 58, Dickinson Trinity 40

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SC 11 9 17 21

THS 5 13 12 10

SC: Brittan Grubb 20, Amber Stevahn 18, Paige Murray 6, Billie Jo Bearstail 4, Rachel Mischel 4, Allison Bearstail 3, Brooke Emmel 3.

DT: Josie Glaser 14, Jordie McNeilly 9, Lauren Stafford 5, Zoe Fath 4, Megan Krebs 3, Abby Jones 3.

3-pointers: SC 5-22 (Stevahn 2-5, Allison Bearstail 1-4, Emmel 1-2, Billie Jo Bearstail 1-4), THS 6-19 (McNeilly 3-6, Glaser 2-4, Jones 1-7). Free throws: SC 9-16, THS 8-18. Total fouls: SC 16, THS 14. Rebounds: SC 31 (Stevahn, Grubb 7), THS 34 (Stafford 9). Assists: SC 5 (Five with one), THS 7 (Glaser, McNeilly 2). Steals: SC 17 (Stevahn 3), THS 12 (Krebs, Stafford 2). Turnovers: SC 12, THS 17.

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