Twice is nice

MHS GBB wins second straight game, 73-44 over Turtle Mountain

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot High guard Paige Rosencrans (3) drives to the basket during a girls high school basketball game Tuesday in Minot.

For the first time since the 2015-2016 season, the Minot High girls basketball team has won two games in a row.

After winning an overtime thriller against Bismarck, the Majettes had a much less stressful game Tuesday, defeating Turtle Mountain 73-44 on their home court. The win was Minot’s fourth on the year, doubling its win total from last season, while Turtle Mountain lost its eighth straight game.

“It’s really important to get these two in a row because it’s something to continue to build off of,” MHS coach Bernie Wasser said. “We don’t necessarily concentrate on streaks, it’s about playing well, but when you play well you give yourself a chance to win. We’ve done that two games in a row now and that’s something to build off of to get ready for Mandan on Saturday.”

MHS never trailed in the game, opening on an 11-2 run. The Bravettes responded by reducing the deficit to 18-12 with 10:42 left in the first half, but that was the closest they’d get in their comeback effort.

Minot led 40-21 at halftime and dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half, only allowing five points en route to taking a 60-26 lead.

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot High’s Becca Tschetter (11) dishes out an inside pass.

“I thought team wise we played really well defensively,” Wasser said. “We gave up a few threes early, but we corrected that in the second half. Offensively I thought we shared the ball really well and got the ball inside tonight. We felt going inside was our advantage against our opponent and I thought we did that very well in the second half.”

Senior forward Brenna Tschetter had a game-high 20 points for the Majettes, while Alli McCoy chipped in 14, Tia Haskins added 11 and Paige Rosencrans scored 10 points. MHS made 28 field goals and five 3-pointers.

“We’re getting better at being balanced,” Wasser said. “Teams can’t just guard one or two players anymore. We’re starting to get a lot of scoring and scoring from everybody. In the long run, that’s really going to help us.”

Meanwhile, Trinity Azure and Kylin Malaterre had nine points each for Turtle Mountain. The Bravettes converted five field goals and five 3-pointers in the loss.

MHS (4-5) is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the road against Mandan, while Turtle Mountain (1-8) plays Bismarck St. Mary’s Friday at home.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge.