Titans roll in second half to beat Beulah

The No. 10-ranked and top-seeded Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team spent the first 16 minutes of the Region 7 Tournament getting the train moving in the right direction.

Alanna Sickler
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity junior forward Alanna Sickler, left, goes up for a layup against Beulah’s Delaney Johansen during the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The No. 10-ranked and top-seeded Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team spent the first 16 minutes of the Region 7 Tournament getting the train moving in the right direction.
Once the Trinity train started rolling, Beulah had a tough time keeping up.
The Titans used their strong defense in the second half to defeat No. 9-seed Beulah 48-29 on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We started off the game pretty cold,” Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. “It’s our first game of the tournament, so it took us a while to get into a rhythm. When we put a run together in the third quarter, we were hitting some shots from the perimeter.”
Trinity’s defense limited the Miners to seven points in the second half.
Beulah head coach Mary Hoherz said the team had trouble draining shots in the third quarter. The Miners went 2 of 12 (17 percent) from the field.
“Trinity has outside weapons, inside weapons and to play and stay within that game, we gave them a good run,” Hoherz said. “In that third quarter, we just couldn’t make shots. We hit some big shots and the momentum changed.”
The Titans didn’t have the same problem offensively.
Trinity went 9 of 20 (45 percent) from the field in the second half. The Titans junior forward Kennedy Keator, who finished 14 points, eight steals and three rebounds, said it was good for the team to respond in the second half.
“We knew had to come out and keep battling, because we knew they weren’t going to give up,” Keator said.
At the end of the first half, the Titans held a 28-22 lead. The Miners stayed within striking distance due with 11 trips to the free-throw line.
Trinity grabbed its first double-digit lead - 35-25 - after an Abby Jones 3-pointer. Madison Jahner supplied another 3-pointer 33 seconds later to give the Titans at 38-25 advantage. The Miners never closed the double-digit gap.
“We definitely started out a little slow,” Keator said. “But, in the third quarter, we got those defensive stops and that built our momentum up.”
The Titans edged Beulah 8-4 in the fourth quarter. Alanna Sickler, who scored six of the team’s first nine points, had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Trinity. Jahner added eight points, while Brianna Soehren and Jones each had six.
Beulah’s Jamie Murschel had a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nessa Iverson and Delaney Johansen each supplied eight points.
The Titans play No. 4 seed Beach in the Region 7 Tournament semifinals at 5 p.m. today.
“We are going to come prepared,” Fong said prior to the Beach and Killdeer quarterfinal game. “We are going to play a quality opponent. Hopefully, we just play Titan basketball.”

Beulah 7 22 25 29
Trinity 14 28 40 48
B: Jamie Murschel 12, Nessa Iverson 6, Delaney Johansen 6, Elizabeth Walsh 3, Alyssa Bjornson 2.
T: Kennedy Keator 14, Alanna Sickler 12, Madison Jahner 8, Brianna Soehren 6, Abby Jones 6, Sami Daniel 2.
3-pointers: B 1 (Iverson 1), T 7 (Keator 3, Jahner 2, Jones 2). Free throws: B 10-15, T 1-3. Total fouls: B 10, T 16. Rebounds: B 35 (Murschel 10), T 31 (Sickler 11). Assists: B 2 (Johansen 2), T 6 (Jahner 2). Steals: B 3 (three tied with one), T 16 (Keator 8). Blocks: none. Turnovers: B 24, T 16. Records: B 8-15, T 17-5.

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