Magi basketball downs Williston for first win

WILLISTON — First game jitters couldn’t faze the Minot High School boys basketball team.

The Magicians (1-0, 1-0 WDA) opened the new season with a 77-53 road victory Tuesday evening over Williston (1-1, 0-1 WDA). Even in the face of a late Coyotes comeback, the young Magi squad showed its poise and delivered an all-around strong performance on both sides of the ball for two halfs.

“I thought we did a good job of making (Williston’s) offense work and keeping them uncomfortable,” MHS head coach Dean Winczewski said. “Offensively, we did a good job at times of sharing the ball and getting quality opportunities. It’s a learning experience, but going on the road and scoring 77 is a pretty good start to the year.”

After taking a 43-27 lead into halftime, the Magi found themselves trying to fend off the Coyotes, who cut the lead to as little as eight points in the second half.

But Minot High held its ground. Junior forward Derry Lentz drilled two key threes to halt the comeback and secure the 77-53 victory.

“We got really one-pass-and-shot happy when (Williston) made its run in the second half,” Winczewski said. “But it was good to be able to finish the game strong.”

MHS had four players finish in double figures: Jaxon Gunville (18), Deonte’ Martinez (18), Alex Schimke (13) and Lentz (10).

The Magi will look to keep their momentum going as they host Dickinson on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in their home opener.

“It’s exciting to see us taking those steps towards getting better,” Winczweski said. “And we feel like we have the best fans in the state, so it’s always fun to get to play in our gym.”

Majettes basketball wins season opener

WILLISTON — The Minot High School girls basketball team kicked off the new season Tuesday evening with a 51-42 road win over Williston. It’s the first time since the 2015-16 season that the Majettes have won their season opener.

MHS juniors Allie Nelson and Becca Tschetter lead the way with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Nelson made seven two-point field goals and two free throws, while Tschetter connected on two 3-pointers, a pair of two-point field goals and two free throws.

Working inside, 5-foot-9 forward Lauren McLean finished with eight points (six points in the second half).

The Majettes (1-0, 1-0 WDA) trailed 25-22 at halftime but outscored the Coyotes 29-17 in the second half.

Williston (1-1, 0-1 WDA) got 11 points from Jalyn Helstad and Makia Remus in the defeat.

Minot High has its home opener on Saturday against, Dickinson. It’s the Majettes only home game in their first six games to start the season. Tip-off is slated for 5:45 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

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