Trinity takes home first Division A-Region 4 win over Beulah, 59-47

Jan. 17—DICKINSON — The bitter, January temperatures aren't the only indication of North Dakota's brutal, winter months; we also can look to regional results from basketball as harbingers of the season. With that in mind, Trinity's Titans shook off single-digit numbers outside to post four sets of double-digit numbers inside with athletes up-and-down the scoresheet pushing the home-team to a 59-47 win over Beulah on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. But it was a huge second-half performance that allowed THS to race past the Miners and outpace the visitors to earn an initial Division A-Region 4 win.

"I thought all night we got a lot of good looks, but what I told the girls at halftime is: Just because it's a good look doesn't mean it's a high-percentage shot," Trinity head girls basketball coach Jared Scheeler said. "We know all these regional games are going to be dogfights, and we knew we were going to get Beulah's best effort and that's exactly what they gave us."

He added, "This is great preparation for us as we go into the heart of the region schedule."

Almost the entire starting-lineup got into double-digits for the Titans over the course of the game, which generally is a sign of success. But after posting an 11-6 advantage in the opening eight minutes, THS was outscored 16-13 in the second quarter on the way to a slim, 24-22 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Annabel Scheeler scored 6 of her team-high 16 points in the first half, and the Titans managed to convert 8-of-13 shots from the free-throw line in the early stages of the matchup. Meanwhile, the defensive presence of senior guard Elly McAvoy was dominant, as she poured on the pressure and counterattacked to the tune of 9 points in the first half.

Senior guard Shea Barron kept the score close for Beulah (1-11 overall, 0-1 region) with 8 first-half points, but the field goals were few-and-far-between for the visitors as the Titans limited their opportunities — especially from behind the arc — while Trinity went on a 9-2 run in the middle stages of the second quarter to help bury the Miners further.

After the halftime break, Trinity came to life with a 14-11 advantage in the third quarter as senior guard Ava Jahner buried 6 of her double-digit, 10-point total, while Scheeler added 6 more to the total and snared a trio of steals and frustrated BHS as the teams entered the final frame at 38-33, Titans.

THS took advantage of an 8-2 run to open the final period, as junior forward Nevaeh Tormaschy found her shooting touch throughout the last eight minutes while scoring 10 of her 14 points in the latter stages of the second-half. Tormaschy was deadly from inside the paint as the Titans used fast-break opportunities to foil the Miners' defensive scheme. Meanwhile, McAvoy ended up with 13 points as the final athlete in double-figures for Trinity on the night.

Barron ended up with a team-high 16 points for Beulah, while senior guard Cali Steffan was close behind with 15.

"We talked in the locker room about starting strong in the third quarter, and in the first half we struggled to get any sort of momentum and it was really a tight game for that first half," Scheeler said. "So, we talked about coming out and playing with heart and getting a little bit of separation, and we did that."

Next-up for Trinity (8-4, 1-0) will be a trip to Hazen (5-8) for another Division A-Region 4 matchup on Thursday, Jan. 18, while Beulah rolls down to Bowman County for a non-divisional contest the same evening.

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