Titans charge Raiders for solid victory

Titans girls basketball defeats Richardton-Taylor 81-34

Kali Kubas played a solid role in the Titans' 81-34 victory over the Raiders. (File Image/ The Dickinson Press)

Despite falling to Shiloh Christian on Monday 49-39, the Trinity Titans bounced back on Tuesday to take a solid victory at home against Richardton-Taylor 81-34.

After being 1-1, the Titans (2-1) were determined to go into their brief Christmas break with a positive record and played some of their best basketball against the Raiders (0-4) who have yet to find themselves in the winning column this season.

For Titans’ head coach, Trevor Ernst, the win was an exciting one to see.

“The girls came out and got after it,” he said. “They were excited to get back and after it after a tough loss the night before. I thought they had really good attitudes and really good efforts.”

After losing on Monday, the team was motivated to play stronger on the defensive end of the court. From the opening tip-off, the Titans were motivated to make scoring difficult for the Raiders and countered by being able to make a large portion of buckets during the game.


“They just came out and tried to set the tone defensively,” Ernst said. “We made a point of talking about getting after it defensively and kind of setting the tone, feeding that into our offense and they really took that to heart and got after it.”

The Titans were led by its three core athletes in Abbey Kubas, who led the team with 24 points, Kali Kubas with 16 and Kara Wanner with 11.

Ernst gave kudos to his three leading scorers and leaders.

“Those three girls are kind of our offensive leaders and night in and night out,” he said. “They just do a good job of taking what the defense gives them and making sure we’re running our offense, and I just can’t say enough about their leadership that they’ve shown so far this year.”

The Raiders’ Jayne Krank attempted to keep her team in the game by being the leading scorer with 12. Gracee Kuntz followed with seven points of her own.

Despite just starting the season, the Titans will now have a slight break but will be returning to action on Dec. 29 at home against Wilton-Wing.

Ernst says he is incredibly proud of the effort the team has started off the season with and is looking forward to what the future holds for his Titans following the brief break.

“We’ve seen a lot of things that kind of (have) shown us that we thought we maybe were able to do that; we weren’t quite able to do yet so it’s actually shown us quite a few things that we need to work on over the next few games and a little bit of a break here,” he said.


As for the Raiders, the 0-4 team will also have a slight break as they return to action on Dec. 29 at home against Heart River.

Richardton-Taylor: 34

Trinity: 81

Richardton-Taylor: Kendra Kaylor 4, Skylar Crow 5, Jayne Krank 12, Gracee Kuntz 7, Alayna Dressler 2, Eastyn Gebhardt 4.

Trinity: Kara Wanner 11, Kali Kubas 16, Amaya Willer 4, Hope Fath 7, Ava Jahner 6, McKenna Ernst 5, Katherine Schneider 6, Olivia Kessel 2, Abbey Kubas 24.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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