The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team was one win away from the state tournament last year. When the Titans found themselves back in the Region 7 title game this season, they were more than ready to punch their ticket to state.
The Titans beat Hazen in the region championship to advance this year. They'll face the four-seed Thompson in the first round. Trinity's strength all season has been a balanced offensive approach.
"We return some experience from groups that have been very successful in the past. Mainly in our four juniors. Four juniors who return a lot of minutes for us," said head coach Carter Fong. "We're a very balanced attack offensively. We can score from the inside, we can knock them down from the perimeter."
The captain's say it takes some of the pressure off individual players when anyone can contribute.
"It's really important to have everyone be able to do that because if you only have one person, once they get out of the game then you have nothing else to rely on," said junior Brianna Soehren. "So if you have everyone there to rely on then you're solid."
Soehren is one of those four juniors that coach Fong describes as leaders on this Trinity team.
"Our captains are Brianna Soehren and Madi Jahner, and they really take pride in taking tough defensive assignments night in and night out. Offensively, Alanna Sickler in the post and Kennedy Keator on the perimeter give us a good one, two punch," said Fong
Trinity faces Region-2 champion Thompson in the first round. It's the last game of the day. Parshall will try to hand Kindred it's first loss in the opener. Shiloh faces the defending champions Bishop Ryan in the 6:30 game on Thursday.