Midgets flat in West Region Tournament quarterfinals

Mar. 1—BISMARCK — The 44th West Region Tournament kicked off Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center, delivering a captivating display of high school basketball prowess. As the action unfolded, higher-seeded teams asserted their dominance, while underdogs fought valiantly to upset the status quo.

In the boys' tournament, the spotlight fell on a gripping showdown between the Dickinson and the Mandan Braves. In a closely contested battle, Mandan emerged victorious with a hard-fought 69-65 triumph, advancing to the semifinals.

Despite a determined effort from the Midgets, shots failed to fall consistently, thwarting their bid for victory. Mandan capitalized on their superior field goal percentage, maintaining a slender lead throughout the game. Despite several lead changes and a spirited second-half rally by Dickinson, the Braves held firm to secure the win.

Key contributions from seniors Damon Glasser and Dante Oyugi kept Dickinson in contention, but it was not enough to overcome Mandan's relentless offensive pressure. Boston Cranston, the linchpin of the Midgets' offense, faced staunch defensive resistance, limiting his scoring opportunities primarily to the free-throw line.

Hudsen Sheldon led the charge for the Braves, showcasing his scoring prowess and guiding his team to a hard-earned victory.

Despite the setback, Dickinson retains hope for redemption as they gear up to face arch-rivals Williston in a crucial loser-out clash. With their state tournament aspirations hanging in the balance, the Midgets are determined to bounce back and keep their postseason dreams alive.

In the girls' division, Dickinson faced a daunting challenge in the form of the Bismarck High Demons. From the opening tip-off, the Demons asserted their dominance, overwhelming the Midgets en route to an emphatic 82-42 victory.

Struggling to contain Bismarck's offensive onslaught, Dickinson found themselves trailing early and never managed to mount a significant comeback. The Demons' defensive intensity proved stifling, limiting the Midgets' scoring opportunities and forcing turnovers throughout the game.

Despite the adversity, senior standout Jazmin Barry showcased her scoring prowess, leading Dickinson with a stellar 18-point performance. However, Bismarck's depth and defensive prowess proved too much to overcome for the Midgets, who struggled to establish a rhythm on offense.

With their tournament hopes hanging in the balance, Dickinson now turns their attention to the consolation bracket, where they are slated to face Bismarck St. Mary's. Seeking redemption after a disappointing tournament opener, the Midgets are determined to regroup and make a statement as they look to salvage their postseason campaign.