Valley City State holds off Dickinson State

Passion and energy are the difference makers in the outcome of a game. Last time the Dickinson State and Valley City State women's basketball teams met, the Blue Hawks' lack of offensive effort the Vikings cruised to a 63-51 North Star Athletic A...

Ashley Bentz
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State forward Ashley Bentz, front, drives for a layup against a Valley City State defender on Wednesday at Scott Gymnasium.

Passion and energy are the difference makers in the outcome of a game.
Last time the Dickinson State and Valley City State women’s basketball teams met, the Blue Hawks’ lack of offensive effort the Vikings cruised to a 63-51 North Star Athletic Association win.
“In practice we worked really hard on our offense because the first time we played them we literally stood there and watched people tried to do things,” DSU guard Hailee Farstveet said.
Valley City still came up victorious in the second meeting 57-55 on Wednesday, but DSU’s defensive effort and overall passion kept the game closer and nearly pulled off the NSAA win.
“They’re receiving votes in the national poll, them and Jamestown are tied for first, they’re the best two teams in the conference and I think we showed we aren’t afraid to play anybody because we have played with everybody,” DSU head coach Mark Graupe said. “Doesn’t matter who we faced we’ve been right there.”

With under a minute left in the game, DSU maintained possession in Valley City’s side of the court but the Viking’s defense kicked into overdrive and limited all looks.
With less than a second left, the ball was loose and Valley City came up with it to escape with the two-point win.
“That’s my fault at the end, we were so disorganized at the end offensively, I have to use that time out and you’d think after 30 years of coaching I would know that,” Graupe said. “I told the ladies that’s on me.”
Both teams scored 26 points in the second half which made DSU’s two-point deficit at halftime a difference maker.
The first half consisted of several miniature runs by both teams. DSU (8-16, 2-5 NSAA) jumped out to a 7-2 lead - with Ashley Bentz scoring all seven - before Valley City outscored its opponent 9-2 for the lead. That minute of no scoring came back to haunt DSU in the long run.
we had a stretch I the first half where we were really stagnant on offense and came back to haunt us,” said Bentz, who tied Farstveet for a game-high 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds. “If you (take out) that stretch into the game and have us play the rest I feel it would have been a totally different game.”
DSU’s Megan Klein finished with 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, while Paitton Herbst, Lorna Shepherd and Rachael McDonough each supplied six points. The Blue Hawks shot 23 for 62 from the field and outrebounded the Vikings 44-30 with 16 second chance shots.
For Valley City (18-7, 6-1 NSAA), both Sadiqah Jihad and Steph Pedersen scored 10 points. Pedersen had five assists, four rebounds and three steals, Georgia Williams followed with nine points, and Lexi Lennon and Tracie Boehmlehner each added eight points.
“Dickinson did a great job, had a great game plan and it comes down to making one play at the end and sometimes that’s the way it works,” Valley City head coach Jill DeVries said. They had some kids who made plays in the second half, particularly Hailee Farstveet did a great job getting to the rim and hitting shots. She made a difference.”
DSU plays its last home game of the season Saturday and it’s not going to be easy. The Blue Hawks host No. 12-ranked University of Jamestown at 4 p.m. at Scott Gymnasium.
With the season winding down and entering a do-or-die situation, Graupe and his team know exactly what they need to do on their end to stay in the game.
“I’m hoping our lull is over,” said Graupe regarding the past few games. “ ... There was no passion, there was no energy because we have to have that. We got to get some hustle points so to speak, we have to get loose balls, have to play defend and that’s the key to our success.”

VALLEY CITY STATE (18-7, 6-1 NSAA): Sadiqah Jihad, 3-9 3-3 10, Steph Pedersen 3-8 4-6 10, Georgia Williams, 4-10 0-2 9, Lexi Lennon 3-8 2-2 8, Tracie Boehmlehner 3-3 0-0 8, Courtney Dixon 3-7 0-0 6, Sierra Even 2-5 0-0 4, Allyson Suhr 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 22-56 9-13 57.
DICKINSON STATE (8-16, 2-5 NSAA): Hailee Farstveet 6-15 3-4 15, Ashley Bentz 6-16 2-2 15, Paitton Herbst 2-7 0-0 6, Lorna Shepherd 3-8 0-2 6, Rachel McDonough 3-8 0-0 6, Porsha Wadsworth 2-2 0-2 4, Megan Klein 1-4 1-4 3. Totals: 23-61 6-14 55.
Halftime: VCSU 31-29. Total fouls: VCSU 13, DSU 15 3-point goals: VCSU 4-16 (Boehmlehner 2), DSU 3 (Herbst 2). Rebounds: VCSU 30 (Even 5), DSU 44 (Klein 11). Assists: VCSU 12 (Pedersen 3), DSU 10 (Klein 4). Steals: VCSU 11 (Dixon 11), DSU 5 (McDonough 2). Blocks: VCSU 1 (Lennon), DSU 6 Klein 3). Turnovers: VCSU 16 (2 tied with 3), DSU 20 (Farstveet 8).

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