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Young players make an impression as Blue Hawks rout Bison

Powered by an electric offense and aggressive defense, the Dickinson State women's basketball team defeated Salish Kootenai College 90-47 on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym.

Dickinson State freshman guard Kyley Verploegen stares down Salish Kootenai's Braylee Stone in a game on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State freshman guard Kyley Verploegen stares down Salish Kootenai's Braylee Stone in a game on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Powered by an electric offense and aggressive defense, the Dickinson State women's basketball team defeated Salish Kootenai College 90-47 on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym.

The 90 points are the most points scored by the Blue Hawks in a game this year.

"Our offense, we were able to find our rhythm tonight," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said. "That's something we focused on a lot this week in practice, are scoring opportunities and not hesitating. Our girls did a good job of that tonight."

For most of the opening frame, the teams were neck and neck, but after junior guard Ashlie Larson drew a foul with an attempt at the net, her pair of foul shots gave the Blue Hawks their first four-point lead of the game.

Their advantage grew from there and hit double digits with a Natalee Hafer 3-pointer right before the end of the first quarter, giving Dickinson State a 26-16 cushion.

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The slick play continued ahead of the half. Pushing the lead to 38-22, freshman guard Brooke Janz found an open lane and flicked the ball effortlessly into the basket.

Moments later, after a steal by freshman forward Danielle Wallace, senior forward Rojin Karahan brought the ball up court to the three-point line, where the kicked it out to a wide open Larson in the corner. The 5-foot-7 guard gave the Blue Hawks their biggest lead, 43-22 with her 3-pointer.

Larson came up big for the Blue Hawks, scoring a game-high 23 points on 4-for-7 shooting from behind the arc. She also led the team with four steals, while tacking on two assists and scooping up three rebounds.

Behind Larson, junior Lacey Waid netted 12 points, shooting 6-for-11 from the field. Karahan put up six points, while leading the team with nine rebounds. Freshman post Caleigh McClenahan was a solid contributor with nine points and five rebounds.

With the game in hand, the starters spent more time on the sidelines as the bench players used the opportunity to get on the floor.

Freshman guard Kyley Verploegen scored a season-high eight points. Freshman forward Danielle Wallace also tallied eight points while snatching five boards.

"Our young players got a lot of experience and I think that's really good for them, is coming into this game and being able to put points on the board, but also able to rebound," Lewis said. "Our younger kids are doing a great job stepping up and filling some big shoes. I'm very proud of them for their effort."

Janz started the game for the Blue Hawks. She nearly led all players with over 36 minutes on the floor. While in the game, she contributed four rebounds, 11 points as well as two steals.

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The Sturgis, S.D. native scored the final points of the game by putting away her own rebound after a missed jumper off the rim.

"Brook is always awesome. She always gets the boards for us. She's always there, just 'WaBam,'" Waid said with a chuckle. "She's just a great rebounder. She always gets those putbacks. It's awesome to have her."

The win comes a day before the team kicks off conference play against Presentation College (S.D.).

"I'm really excited to finally get started and just to crush it this year," Waid said.

Dickinson State 90, Salish Kootenai 47

SKC 16 11 6 14

DSU 26 25 13 26

SKC: Nina Orozco-Charlo 12, Braylee Stone 11, Taylor Whitney 7.

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DSU: Ashlie Larsen 23, Lacey Waid 12, Brook Janz 11, Caleigh McClenahan 9, Danielle Wallace 8, Kyley Verploegen 8, Riley Helmick 6, Rojin Karahan 6, Natalee Hafer 5.

Total fouls: SKC 17, DSU 13. Fouled out: SKC, Stone, Kylie Coby. 3-point goals: SKC 5-18 (Orozco-Charlo), DSU 7-15 (Larson 4-7). Rebounds: SKC 23 (Stone 9), DSU 39 (Karahan 9). Assists: SKC 3 (Coby 2), DSU 8 (Hafer, Helmick, Larson). Steals: SKC 5 (Orozco-Charlo 4), DSU 10 (Larson 4). Turnovers: SKC 16, DSU 17.

Dickinson State sophomore Natalee Hafer puts her hands up while defending Bison Kylie Coby on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State sophomore Natalee Hafer puts her hands up while defending Bison Kylie Coby on Friday, Nov. 30, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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