Lady Tigers play tough, fall to Titans

The New England girls basketball season came to end Dickinson Trinity defeated the Tigers 62-52 during a Region 7 Tournament play-in game at the Knights of Columbus Activity Center in Dickinson on Friday, Feb. 17.

Elizabeth Kaufman protects the ball against the Titans. (Photo by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
For The Herald

The New England girls basketball season came to end Dickinson Trinity defeated the Tigers 62-52 during a Region 7 Tournament play-in game at the Knights of Columbus Activity Center in Dickinson on Friday, Feb. 17.

New England stayed with the Titans during the first half of the game as the Titans led by five at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers kept clawing their way and worked hard to stay with Trinity as each team both scored nine points in the second half.

With the momentum starting to build for the Tigers, the third quarter unfortunately decided their season-ending fate that night. The Titans outscored the Tigers by 12 in the third quarter and forced New England to play catch up during the fourth quarter.

However, The Tigers wouldn’t go home that easily and kept on fighting until the very end. The Tigers scored 20 points during the fourth quarter, and despite falling short to Dickinson Trinity, New England head coach Jordyn Mason was impressed with the way her girls never gave up and kept on fighting. Despite being down by 18 points in the third quarter, at one point during the fourth quarter her girls worked hard and cut the Titan lead to just seven points.

Mason knew going into this season that this was going to be a building year for her Tiger team as she had girls playing new positions this season, and some players new to the varsity roster as three freshman saw a substantial amount of varsity playing time this season. Mason will miss her two seniors Adrienne Roller and Kassi Lara, but is looking forward to building on the progress that her team has made this season.

“All the coaches in the region talked about how young of a team we are, and how good it was to have that building year. We are going to miss Adrienne and Kassi especially shooting outside, but it is nice to know that we still have so much coming back and that we gained some experience. People started stepping up and looking to score this year. Going into next year having so many different weapons, everybody capable of scoring and looking to score the basketball. Our defense is there, and now our offense is continuing to grow,” Mason said.

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