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Bowman County holds off Trinity, 65-50

Jan. 2—DICKINSON — In a non-divisional contest between two former Region 7 foes, the Bowman County Bulldogs won on the road at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, 65-50, to extend their record to 6-1 on the 2023-24 season, while dropping Trinity to 5-4. BCHS senior guard Jaci Fischer led all scorers with 24 on the day, while Titans senior guard Ava Jahner had an exceptional afternoon with a team-high 17 in a breakout performance.

"I think our girls really pushed themselves to the limits this game; they really got after it when I asked them to and they pushed past the adversity and mentality of: We have to finish this game," Bowman County head coach Jaci Mrnak said. "I'm really proud of them and I'm proud of our defense tonight."

The Bulldogs doubled-up THS, 14-7, in the first period, as Fischer poured in 9 points to lead to the way, but then Raegen Honeyman took over in the second quarter for the visitors and scored 13 of her 22 points to outpace the Titans and build a 31-21 lead heading into the locker rooms at the half.

Trinity came alive in the second quarter, scoring 14 on the strength of a pair of Nevaeh Tormaschy — who ended up in double-digits with 10 — and 3-of-4 free-throw shooting from Jahner to keep the game within reach.

BCHS benefited from a 9-3 run in the second quarter on the way to the halftime lead, but Trinity offered their response with a 5-2 run of their own.

Both teams traded blows after the halftime break, with each scoring 22 points as Jahner busted loose for 8 and Annabel Scheeler notched 7 as the squads headed into the final eight minutes. Jahner also brought the crowd to their feet with a half-court buzzer-beater to close out the quarter with a 3-pointer. Meanwhile, Bowman County was dominant from the charity stripe in the third, shooting a remarkable 12-of-15 that featured 12 more points from Fischer.

The Bulldogs outlasted the Titans in the final period, outscoring the home-team 12-7 as junior guard Sophia Headley scored 7 of her double-digit 11 and Jahner dropped in another pair of buckets for Trinity to close out the game.

"Bowman County's a very, very, very good basketball team and we knew that they were going to bring it; they've got a lot of talent and they've got a lot of passion for the game, so we knew it was going to be a good basketball game," Titans head coach Jared Scheeler said. "We focused today on just coming out and competing and I thought maybe we were a little late to the game and we started a little bit flat and it just took us awhile to get going."

He added, "It wasn't for lack of effort or preparation, but it just seemed like we didn't have it today."

Next-up for Bowman County will be a trip to Beach to face the Buccaneers (0-7) on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m., while Trinity will be headed to Shiloh Christian School to face Rapid City Christian on Jan. 5 and Oak Grove the next day with games at 2:30 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.

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