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Trinity Titans girls basketball returns most of Region 7 championship team for 2015-16

A fourth-place finish at the Class B state tournament last year was the best in school history for Dickinson Trinity's girls basketball team.Much to the chagrin of the rest of Region 7, the Titans return 11 players from that team for the 2015-16 ...

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Trinity senior forward Alanna Sickler looks for a shot against Hazen in last season’s Region 7 championship game, Feb. 27 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press File Photo)

A fourth-place finish at the Class B state tournament last year was the best in school history for Dickinson Trinity’s girls basketball team.
Much to the chagrin of the rest of Region 7, the Titans return 11 players from that team for the 2015-16 season.
“All four of my seniors have lettered now four or more years on the varsity,” second-year head coach Carter Fong said, “so they have been the anchors of this team for a long time.”
Those seniors - Kennedy Keator, Madi Jahner, Alanna Sickler and Brianna Soehren - have been among the team’s leading scorers in the first two games of this season, wins over Stanley and Bottineau. Keator has averaged 21 points, Sickler has turned in 15.5 per game so far, and Soehren and Jahner have each averaged seven.
“As individuals, they’re very talented, and as a group they complement their strengths really well,” Fong said. “We have some size and some speed, everything you could want on the court.”
The Titans also return six juniors, a group that includes Emma Veverka, Abby Jones, Sami Daniel, Lauren Stafford, Sarah Kerkman and Zoe Fath.
“Jones is a great perimeter shooter, a good ball handler with great decision-making,” Fong said. “Our juniors are really talented as a group.”
Sophomore Josie Glaser is considered the team’s only real newcomer. Sophomore Jordie McNeilly played in all 27 games a year ago, and Fong expects her role to increase dramatically.
“Our sophomores are going to be spark plugs this year,” he said. “And Jordie is a girl where she might start, she might not, but she’ll play starter-type minutes. We can sub her in for really any position on the court. She’s versatile. She played mostly in the post, but we have moved her out in the offseason and in our early practices, and she’s just fearless on both ends.”
Fong said the team will benefit from all players having the ability to play at the uptempo pace he’s hoping for.
“We have great team speed, not just in our guards but our posts too,” he said. “Our posts can run the floor. We look to get up and down and extend the game to the full court.”
Fong said he hopes to get some more consistency from the team’s juniors so that the Titans develop some depth. If successful, the Titans will be in good position for another run at the Region 7 championship.
“I had a good first year, but I had plenty to work with,” Fong said. “This will be a very deep region once again.”

Dickinson Trinity Titans
Head coach: Carter Fong (second season)
Last year: 20-7, 10-2 Region 7; won region championship, placed fourth at state tournament
Returners: Madi Jahner, Sr., G; Emma Veverka, Jr., G; Abby Jones, Jr., G; Kennedy Keator, Sr., G; Sami Daniel, Jr., G; Jordie McNeilly, Soph., F; Lauren Stafford, Jr., F; Alanna Sickler, Sr., F; Brianna Soehren, Sr., F; Sarah Kerkman, Jr., F; Zoe Fath, Jr., F.
Newcomer: Josie Glaser, Soph., G.

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