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Trinity Titans girls basketball hand Beach Buccaneers first Region 7 loss

Following a scoreboard malfunction between the third and fourth quarters that briefly suggested that his team trailed 128-56, Dickinson Trinity girls basketball coach Carter Fong turned to his bench with a smile and quipped, "That's some horrible...

Following a scoreboard malfunction between the third and fourth quarters that briefly suggested that his team trailed 128-56, Dickinson Trinity girls basketball coach Carter Fong turned to his bench with a smile and quipped, “That’s some horrible defense.”
A short time later, when the scoreboard reflected that the Titans had defeated a visiting Beach team 65-34 Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Fong struck a more serious tone.
“Beach has a great program, and they do a good job of teaching all their girls to handle the ball,” he said. “We know they all have range and they can shoot out to the 3-point line, but we played some great team defense. We got up and contested their shots. Generally, we limited them to one shot, which was huge. Overall, it was an excellent effort on that end.
“That’s what allowed us to have a joke about the malfunctioning scoreboard.”
The Titans limited the Buccaneers (9-4, 4-1 Region 7) to 25.5 percent shooting from the field for the game and just 16 points in the first half. Meanwhile, Trinity shot 47.3 percent for the game and had 42 points at the break.
“Trinity got off to a really good start,” Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. “You hear about their shooting woes and everything. Well, they cleared that up today big time.”

Trinity (12-3, 7-0) senior forwards Alanna Sickler and Brianna Soehren took advantage of a smaller Beach team that was without junior post player Sofia Muruato, who Waldal said was nursing an ankle injury. Sickler scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Soehren scored 12 and collected nine boards. Sickler also had a game-high four steals and two blocks.
“They really went to work out there, and we didn’t have an answer,” Waldal said. “We dug ourselves in a hole and couldn’t get ourselves out of it. We had a tough game Thursday against Killdeer, and they battled hard. We just seemed a step behind today.”
Trinity also got eight points from junior Abby Jones, six points from sophomore Jordie McNeilly and five points from senior Madi Jahner. Jones and McNeilly each hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Beach senior Baili Nielsen led the Buccaneers with 13 points. Senior Brooklynn Zachmann scored six points and had a team-high nine rebounds, and sophomore Taryn Hoffer added seven points.
Sickler said the Titans executed well in their half-court set, a product of facing less full-court pressure than expected.
“Our guards feed the post really well,” she said. “We definitely complement each other. … We were expecting a lot more pressure, but we knew they were going to be a good defense. We got to push the ball up faster, so that made it a little easier.”
Both teams entered play undefeated in Region 7 play, so Fong was pleased with his team’s showing in a vital league matchup.
“Beach has been the measuring stick in this region for a long, long time,” Fong said. “Bigger games will be played down the road, but this was an important one for a lot of reasons.”

B 8 8 11 7
DT 18 24 14 9
B: Baili Nielsen 13, Taryn Hoffer 7, Brooklynn Zachmann 6, Abby Wilhelmi 4, Sam Oech 4.
DT: Alanna Sickler 27, Brianna Soehren 12, Abby Jones 8, Jordie McNeilly 6, Madi Jahner 5, Josie Glaser 3, Sami Daniel 2, Lauren Stafford 2.
3-pointers: B 1 (Hoffer 1), DT (Player x). Free throws: B 7-10, DT 7-12. Total fouls: B 12, DT 11. Fouled out: B, Nielsen. Rebounds: B 29 (Zachmann 9), DT 38 (Sickler 10). Assists: B 2 (Wilhelmi 1, Rylea Clarke 1), DT 4 (Jahner 2, Daniel 2). Steals: B 1 (Zachmann 1), DT 7 (Sickler 4). Blocks: B 0, DT 3 (Sickler 2). Turnovers: B 7, DT 3.

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