Opening the second round of the Region 7 girls basketball tournament, the New England Tigers were downed by reigning region champions Dickinson Trinity Titans by a score of 74-37.
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The Tigers beat Beulah High School 48-45 in the opening round at home on Friday, Feb. 12 to get into the quarterfinal match against Trinity. New England entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed, Trinity was ranked No. 1 in the region.
The Titans were pressuring the Tigers the entire contest. Low post presence from 6-foot senior Brianna Soehren, and 5-foot 10-inch senior Alana Sickler stifled the Tigers from close range, forcing them into poor shot selection.
With the game tied at two, the Titans went on a 10-0 scoring run and never looked back. To add insult to injury in that first quarter, New England committed a lane violation with 16 seconds left and lost a foul shot opportunity.
Three-point shooting by the Titans also hurt the Tigers. Finishing the second quarter from long range, junior guard Abigayle Jones hit a 3-pointer to open up the half, further distancing themselves from the Tigers.
Even with a full-court press on, New England couldn’t catch up to the deficit Trinity created. At the end of the third quarter the Titans already had a 30-point advantage.
Senior Jenna Ehlis did what she could to help her team, in what would be her last game as a New England Tiger. Ehlis had a game-high 21 points, with the majority of them coming in the second half.
With the game well in hand Trinity was still relentless on both ends of the court, resulting in a New England 22.9 field goal percentage for the contest. The Tigers also shot 53.8 percent from the free-throw line, and were out rebounded by Trinity 57-24.
Sophomore guard Paige Ehlis was second on the team with six points, followed by junior Julia Eineborg Schon with four. Eneborgh Schon also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Sickler led the way for the Titans in the scoring department, putting up 18 points. She capped of a big night by grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds for the double-double. Second in scoring for the Titans was Jones with 12 points.