Balanced Majettes handle Dickinson
The Minot High girls basketball team suffered its offensive droughts on Saturday.
When the points did come for the Majettes, though, they came in bunches.
MHS had four scoring runs of 7-0 or better and held Dickinson to 31 percent shooting in a 59-47 West Region victory at Magic City Campus.
The Majettes (7-7 overall, 7-5 region) jumped out to a 14-1 advantage and never trailed, though Dickinson went on a large spurt of its own to knot the score at 18 midway through the opening half.
Senior forward Morgan Milbrath led MHS with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Sierra Duttenhefer (13 points), Loni Bryantt (11) and Andie Hankla (10) joined her in double digits.
“Anytime you can have four girls in double figures, you have a pretty good chance of winning,” said MHS coach Todd Magnuson, whose team secured a regular-season sweep over the Midgets. “I’m glad that happened for the kids. They played really well as a team tonight.”
The combined effort was enough to overcome a determined performance from Dickinson post Ali Moody, who had game highs of 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Minot flummoxed the Midgets (6-8, 4-7) with a 2-3 zone, as Dickinson couldn’t hit enough perimeter shots to supplement Moody’s production. The Midgets connected on just 5-of-22 3-pointers.
“We just didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Dickinson coach Dan Pender said. “We got some attacks, we just didn’t knock many down. Shooting (31) percent – you’re not gonna go on the road and win very many games that way.”
The Midgets hung around in the second half, however, cutting Minot’s lead to 50-45 on a Rachel Schroeder jumper with four minutes left.
But Milbrath answered with a pair of free throws and Duttenhefer knocked down a 3 with 2:15 remaining to put the game out of reach.
“My feet were set. I was feeling it tonight,” said Duttenhefer, who also hit a triple on the Majettes’ opening possession of the game.
Magnuson was pleased with his team’s effort, especially considering he only gave six players significant minutes.
“I gotta give my kids credit tonight,” he said. “For only having six, seven girls I played, I thought we did a pretty good job.”
The Majettes host Mandan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Magic City Campus.