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Dickinson boys upend Sheyenne to move to semifinals

Dickinson's Aanen Moody (5) drives past West Fargo Sheyenne's Dawson Anderson (12) during Thursday's North Dakota Class A boys state basketball tournament in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK—North Dakota Class A all-time leading scorer Aanen Moody felt like West Fargo Sheyenne didn't respect him enough. He was expecting the Mustangs to put more defensive pressure on him, and he made them pay. When they did start focusing on Moody more, that's when his teammates got involved.

With help from Moody's surrounding cast, West Region No. 3-seed Dickinson battled for an 83-68 victory over East Region No. 2-seed Sheyenne in the North Dakota Class A state boys basketball quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9, at the Bismarck Event Center.

"We lost in the first round of our last two tournaments we were in, so to finally get over that hump is a really big step for us," Moody said. "It gives us a lot more confidence going into our next game."

A University of North Dakota commit, Moody led the Midgets making 16 of 17 from the free-throw line to get his game-high 25 points. North Dakota State commit and 7-footer Jordan Meidinger had seven points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Elijah Jung went 5 of 7 for 13 points and Chase Ballard shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range off the bench for 12 points.

"Their role players hit shots," Sheyenne head coach Tom Kirchoffner said. "They had their career day. Statistically, they shot better than they do. That was the difference of the ball game."

Sheyenne's Chase Erickson and Josh Thiele each scored 15 points. Valley City State commit Collin Trottier came off the bench to score 14 points.

After Dickinson got off to an early lead, Sheyenne clawed back with a 17-4 run to give the Mustangs an 11-point lead. However, Dickinson outscored Sheyenne 38-16 in the next 14 minutes. The Mustangs, playing in their first ever state tournament as a program, got the Midgets back with a 10-3 run over the next three minutes, but Dickinson punched back with a 12-4 streak that gave it the lead for good.

D: Ballard 12, Moody 25, Jorda 8, Steffan 9, Jung 13, Ouellette 7, Steckler 2, Meidinger 7.

WFS: Kuntz 2, Thiele 15, Anderson 5, Erickson 15, Reynolds 2, Stormon 6, Trottier 14, Bonnema 9.

Half: D 36, WFS 36.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

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