Trinity Titans girls basketball cruises past Mandaree Warriors
The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team was looking for offense as soon as it could get it.So whenever the Titans secured the ball on the defensive end, they were sprinting the other way.Trinity scored 33 points off of turnovers and held Mand...
The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team was looking for offense as soon as it could get it.
So whenever the Titans secured the ball on the defensive end, they were sprinting the other way.
Trinity scored 33 points off of turnovers and held Mandaree to 13 points in the first half on its way to a 67-31 Region 7 victory Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We actually felt like we got off to a little bit of a sluggish start,” Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. “Transition layups were there at times. … One thing we did well was find our posts running the floor, and our guards, in transition, and we got some easy buckets that way.”
Senior forward Alanna Sickler led all players with 18 points for Trinity and totaled 10 rebounds for a double-double - and almost had a triple-double with eight of Trinity’s 21 steals. Fellow senior forward Brianna Soehren led the Titans with 12 rebounds to go along with seven points to pace Trinity to a 42-34 rebounding advantage.
Senior guard Madi Jahner, who was often the catalyst on Trinity’s fast breaks, recorded 10 points, three assists and two steals.
“We love to play quick basketball and push the ball in transition,” Jahner said. “It’s a lot of fun to play. It’s a quick, fast-paced game.”
The Titans (13-3, 8-0 Region 7) started the game off on a 7-0 run and didn’t allow the Warriors to score until midway through the first quarter. Both teams proceeded to play stingy defense for the rest of the first quarter, but the Titans kept the intensity.
Trinity continued to go to the fast break and added a full-court pressure. The Titans went on a 16-7 run in the final 7 minutes of the first half.
At halftime, Sickler led with 10 points, while Soehren and Jahner each scored six and junior guard Abby Jones had five.
“It’s easy to shut down one or two star players,” Jahner said. “When you have five players on the court who can score, it’s tough to play defense against that.”
But Trinity wasn’t done there. Out of the intermission, the Titans proceeded with a 17-5 run in the first 6:30 of the third quarter. Trinity held onto a 56-24 lead with 6:10 left in the game when the Titans’ starters collectively took the bench for the rest of the game.
“It’s nice to know no matter what play we got to, we can execute and score,” Sickler said. “And also with our bench coming in, they can execute the plays, which is nice to see.”
The Titans don’t have much time to rest, as they take on Minot Bishop Ryan at 6:30 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
But Trinity doesn’t expect to let up with such a short break.
“Bishop Ryan is an excellent opponent. They have great tradition,” Fong said. “They’re young this year but very talented. They’ve really gelled as a group. They’ve had a great run here after Christmas, and we look forward to the challenge.”
M 6 7 11 7
DT 17 6 22 12
M: Julie Flying Horse 2, Kylee Dawes 2, Marea Deville 12, Peyton Yellow Wolf 9, Daysha Serdahl 6.
DT: Madi Jahner 10, Abby Jones 7, Sami Daniel 3, Josie Glaser 2, Jordie McNeilly 2, Laruen Stafford 4, Alanna Sickler 18, Brianna Soehren 7, Sarah Kerkman 6, Megan Krebs 8.
3-pointers: M 0, DT 3 (Jahner 1, Jones 1, Daniel 1). Free throws: M 7-10, DT 10-15. Total fouls: M 15, DT 13. Fouled out: M, Dawes.Rebounds: M 34 (Yellow Wolf 7), DT 42 (Soehren 12). Assists: M 2 (Yellow Wolf 2), DT 6 (Jahner 3). Steals: M 7 (Yellow Wolf 3), DT 21 (Sickler 8). Blocks: M 1 (Yellow Wolf 1), DT 1 (McNeilly 1). Turnovers: M 27, DT 10.