Trinity teams take down opponents at home, and away

Feb. 7—DICKINSON — With the teams hitting their respective floors 34 miles apart, the Trinity Titans girls team won at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center over Stanley, 62-35, and the boys won over Killdeer on the road, 47-42, on Tuesday, Feb. 6. With the Division A-Region 4 victory, the boys improved to 10-5 overall and 2-1 while the girls won in a non-district contest to advance their record to 11-8 overall.

The difference between the first and second quarters for Trinity was as stark as night-and-day, with the game beginning on a 12-10 deficit for THS after the first eight minutes. But after the Titans broke their huddle and returned to the court they went on a tear, scoring 18 points and holding Stanley (4-14) to only a pair of field goals in the second frame.

They opened the period on an 8-2 run and closed it on a 10-2 run, with sophomore guard Annabel Scheeler draining a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 8 first-half points while senior guard Ava Jahner following her up with 6.

"I think we've been a little bit conservative over the past few games and tonight we challenged them in the pregame to kind of let it loose a little bit and take some risks, to get after it and be a little more aggressive," Trinity head coach Jared Scheeler said. "They did that, and I think they had some fun with it."

After heading to the locker rooms with the home-team up 28-16, the Titans weren't through — scoring 20 points in the third quarter — and opening the second half on an 8-2 run with Scheeler continuing to lead the way with a trey and 8 points. Meanwhile Jahner and junior forward Nevaeh Tormaschy poured in 4 each during the period, and the two ended up in double-digits with 12 and 14, respectively. Annabel Scheeler turned in a game-high 18 points, which included a trio of treys.

One other solid note on the night was free-throw shooting, where the Titans were 7-of-8 for the game.

"We know that the one thing we can control every night is our defensive effort, and most of the time it's there," Jared Scheeler said. "And as we get towards the postseason here in these last few games we know that we have to be able to rely on our defense to make our offense happen, and I think we did that tonight."

The boys game was a much-tighter affair, with the Titans opening up with a 12-8 advantage after the first period and building that lead further to 24-16 at the halftime break. Senior guard Jake Shobe scored 7 points in the first 16 minutes — including 3-of-3 from the charity-stripe — while classmate Jace Kovash scored 7 of his own, including a shot from behind the arc.

Cowboy sophomore guard Jaxon Reese scored 4 points in the first half to keep the game within sight, and junior center Owen Schleppenbach led the home-team with 7, while Kale Hansen added a 3-pointer and 5 of his own.

THS continued to apply pressure in the third quarter, shooting 5-of-8 from the line and watching Taylor LaQua come off the bench to drop in a trey on their way to 14 points and a significant, 38-27 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Reese continued to pester the Titans, scoring 7 more points, but only one other Cowboy managed a field-goal in the third.

The Titans' shooting went a little cold in the final frame, with the visitors adding only 9 points to the total, while Killdeer (10-7, 1-2) was everywhere-at-once in their comeback effort. Reese notched a trey and scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, while Schleppenbach added 4 to his double-digit total of 11, but the hosts came up a little short on the night.

Kovash ended up with a team-high 15 points, while Shobe added 10, but no other Titan managed to score in double-figures during the game.

Next-up for the girls will be a Thursday, Feb. 8 home matchup with Division A-Region 4 rivals Watford City, while the boys will host DA-R4 Standing Rock Community the next evening.

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