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Lady Pioneers hold off Central Wyoming, Pioneers can't recover
The Miles Community College women opened the Region IX with a decisive 85-79 win over Central Wyoming last night at the Miles Community College Centra. The MCC men couldn't overcome a poor first half in their loss.
The MCC teams will be hosting the Pioneer Club Invitational tonight and tomorrow night. MCC will play Lake Region tonight, starting with the women at 5:30 p.m., and Williston State College tomorrow night, starting at 4 p.m. Central Wyoming will also be playing those schools.
Lady Pioneers 85, Lady Rustlers 79
The Lady Pioneers (6-1, 1-0) led for most of the game, but were forced to hang on for the six point win.
"It was great to get that first region win," Lady Pioneers Head Coach Liz Lewis said. "We played great team ball and worked together. I'm proud of them."
Central took a 33-32 lead just before halftime, but Ashley Malmquist answered in the final seconds with a basket to give the Lady Pioneers a 34-33 lead at the break.
Four times, early in the second half, the Lady Pioneers pushed their lead into double figures only to have Central hit a three-pointer to remain in the game.
With 8:08 to play, they cut the lead to 60-57 but Ashley Hildreth responded with a three of her own.
Central got as close as two points on two different occasions down the stretch, but the Lady Pioneers went 12-14 from the line in the final 1:24 to preserve the win.
"It was great to see them maintain their composure," Lewis said. "Central is a good team. We let them come back, but we did a great job of taking care of the ball."
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, despite the 85-79 score. MCC shot 36 percent from the field and Central hit 39 percent of their shots.
Central hit 12 three's in the game, but MCC was 25-36 from the free throw line.
Peta Lumpert finished with 23 points to lead the Lady Pioneers. She was 6-7 from the line and also dished out six assists.
Jaycin Tini had 21 points, Tess Blaquiere had 17 and Malmquist finished with 15. All three girls grabbed nine rebounds.
Tina Hosea led Central with 24 points, including six three's.
Now the MCC women will face a Lake Region team that is 8-0 on the season and a Williston State (4-3) team that beat them 79-32 earlier this year.
"We just hope to get better," Lewis said. "And hopefully shoot the ball better. We want to get better and keep moving forward."
Central 61, Pioneers 57
The Pioneers mustered just six field goals in the first half. And while they came back to take a late lead, they weren't able to maintain the momentum and fell 61-57.
"I was happy with how they competed," Head Coach Chase Tait said. "I thought they competed all night. Defensively, we were better than we have been. But we didn't get the offense to go with the defense. Not sure what it was in the first half, we didn't execute and didn't convert when we did. It was an ugly first half of basketball for us, but we came back, battled and made some plays."
The Pioneers trailed 32-18 at halftime and fell behind by as many as 19 in the second half.
Midway through the second half, the Pioneers got their offense going thanks in large part to Ryan McCarty.
McCarty scored 15 of 17 points for the Pioneers and his two free throws at the 2:35 mark gave them a 53-52 lead.
But Central made the shots when they needed too, including a dagger three-pointer at the 36 second mark that gave them a 59-55 lead.
"We had some chances, which I was proud of them for doing that," Tait said. "I felt better after the game than I did at halftime. There was some good things that happened. Hopefully one of these games we can get everyone on the same page and playing well at the same time."
After shooting 28 percent from the field in the first half, MCC shot 44 percent in the second.
McCarty led the Pioneers with 17 points, while Teslim Idris had 13 and Jonathan Dogbo had 10.
Morgan Daryle led Central with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Lake Region comes in at 6-1 on the season and Williston State is also 6-1. They beat MCC 89-71 earlier this season.
"I don't know anything about Lake Region," Tait said. "I do know they haven't played a very tough schedule yet. But Williston is really good. We have four non-conference games in a row, so we're trying to get us better. Hopefully we're in tune defensively and can get some inside-outside game going."
Lady Pioneers 85, Central Wyoming 79
CWC 33 46 - 79
MCC 34 51 - 85
Lady Pioneers (6-1, 1-0)- Tess Blaquiere 17, Jaycin Tini 21, Ashley Malmquist 15, Shelby Weeks 2, Petra Lumpert 23, Ashley Hildreth 7.
Central Wyoming (2-2, 0-1)- Jolanna Sazue 11, Abbey Wilson 7, Tina Hosea 24, McKenley Hellstern 10, Tony Busse 2, Jessica Raab 9, Lyndsee Robison 5, Kiara SKinner 7, Kendra Falsley 4.
Central Wyoming 61, Pioneers 57
CWC 32 29 - 61
MCC 18 39 - 57
Pioneers (3-4, 0-1)- Teslim Idris 13, Jonathan Dogbo 10, LaSalle Massey 4, Quinn Smith 3, Emmanuel Olufemi 2, Conner Smyle 6, Tyree King 2, Ryan McCarty 17.
Central Wyoming (3-4, 1-0)- Morgan Daryle 15, Isaiah Tademy 5, Malik Wilson 6, Matt Johnson 3, Eimer Valez-Lopez 13, Ryan Nemelka 11, Rickey Norris 1.