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Third-quarter defense spurs Dickinson State women's basketball to victory

Though it was against one of her former teammates, Payton Schieffer was given a tough task.The junior forward from Dickinson State came off the bench and helped limit Trinity Bible College junior forward and former Williston State College teammat...

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Dickinson State junior guard Lorna Shepherd, left, attempts a floater in the lane over the arm of a Trinity Bible College defender Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Though it was against one of her former teammates, Payton Schieffer was given a tough task.
The junior forward from Dickinson State came off the bench and helped limit Trinity Bible College junior forward and former Williston State College teammate Jaylen Newman to 17 points. The Blue Hawks’ defensive effort paced No. 22-ranked DSU to an 86-45 victory Sunday at Scott Gymnasium.
“It was different seeing her on the other side,” Schieffer said. “It was fun. It was a good win, and it was good to get everyone playing time too.”
Sophomore forward Ashley Bentz was the only starter who had seen consistent playing time. Leading rebounder Megan Klein, after securing 19 boards against Johnson & Wales (Colo.) University Friday, wasn’t in uniform.
Graupe said this was because it was brought to his attention by another coach in the North Star Athletic Association that only 15 players can dress for games on the road. Although he was given permission to dress all 16 of his players by the NSAA office and by DSU athletic director Tim Daniel, Graupe wanted to play it safe for now.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever went back-to-back games with the same starting lineup,” DSU head coach Mark Graupe said. “It doesn’t matter who starts. If you need to start, you have an ego problem if you need to hear your name announced. I’ve said that for almost 30 years.”
Senior forward Jalyn Klauzer started the game and went a perfect 3 for 3 from the field for six points and added a game-high nine rebounds.
Schieffer went 3 of 8 and 1 of 3 from 3-point range for seven points as 13 Blue Hawks were in the scoring column. 

“Every practice, we work on crashing the boards,” Klauzer said. “You learn to be really competitive.”
Though the Lions began the game with a lead, DSU put junior guards MacKayla Feeney and Lorna Shepherd into the game midway through the first quarter, sparking the Blue Hawks to a 17-13 lead a quarter into the game. TBC kept up until it called a timeout with 6 minutes left in the second quarter down 26-19. Then, leading scorer Janniqua Thomas entered the game for the first time, and with her, Shepherd and Feeney all in, the Blue Hawks found the momentum they needed to go on a 17-0 run and grab an eventually insurmountable lead.
In that first half, Feeney made 3 of 4 3-pointers for a game-high 13 points, while Shepherd made 2 of 2 for 10 points. The only double-digit scorer for TBC in the first half was Newman with 11 points off 2 for 3 3-point shooting.
“The gameplan going into the game was to not let her touch the ball,” Schieffer said of Newman. “Once we started being able to do that, defense picked up everywhere else.”
DSU brought further heat in the third quarter, continuously attacking with its transition game.
The Lions didn’t make one of their 13 shots in the third quarter, which was when DSU began to put more backups into the game.
“Every game, we know we have to come and play at the highest level we can because everyone on this team has pretty high expectations for where we want to be at the end of the season,” Klauzer said. “Coach does a really good job of reminding us we have to come out and do our best. We started doing a good job of that in the second, third and fourth quarters.”
DSU’s next game is a non-conference contest against Waldorf (Iowa) College at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Scott Gymnasium.

TBC 13 11 3 19
DSU 17 26 27 16
TBC (6-6): Janae Droste 5-20 4-4 16, SaraLi Peterson 3-9 0-0 9, Lauren Fischer 0-3 0-0 0, Jordan Rohrbach 0-6 0-0 0, Jaylen Newman 6-15 3-5 17, Ruthie Rivera 1-3 0-0 3, BrieAnn Stewart 0-1 -0 0. Totals: 15-57 7-9 45.
DSU (8-2): Leslie Beaudoin 1-4 0-0 2, Ashley Bentz 0-5 0-0 0, Jalyn Klauzer 3-3 0-0 6, Alyssa Hildebrand 2-6 0-0 6, Rachael McDonough 1-5 1-2 3, Lorna Shepherd 4-5 0-0 10, MacKayla Feeney 6-8 2-2 19, Paitton Herbst 3-8 0-0 7, Payton Schieffer 1-2 0-0 2, Taylor Henningsgard 3-3 0-0 6, Kara Glor 2-3 3-6 7, Janniqua Thomas 6-14 0-0 12, Tess Blaquiere 1-7 0-0 2, Sydney Bentz 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 35-77 6-10 86.
Total fouls: TBC 13, DSU 15. 3-point goals: TBC 8-23 (Droste 2-7, Peterson 3-5, Fischer 0-3, Rohrbach 0-3, Newman 2-4, Rivera 1-1), DSU 10-26 (Beaudoin 0-1, A. Bentz 0-2, Hildebrand 2-6, McDonough 0-2, Shepherd 2-2, Feeney 5-6, Herbst 1-3, Blaquiere 0-2, S. Bentz. 0-2). Rebounds: TBC 28 (Newman 6), DSU 57 (Klauzer 9). Assists: TBC 7 (Droste 4), DSU 24 (Feeney 4). Steals: TBC 9 (two tied with 3), DSU 9 (two tied with 2). Blocks: TBC 2 (Newman 2), DSU 8 (Thomas 3). Turnovers: TBC 23, DSU 14.

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