The Miles Community College basketball teams hosted Casper College last night in a Region IX North Sub-Region double header at the MCC Centra.
The Pioneer men had won four of their last five Region IX games, but lost 92-70 last night to Casper. That dropped the Pioneers to 12-11 overall on the year and 5-5 in the North.
The MCC women lost for the fifth straight time, 77-69, to fall to 11-12 overall and 2-8 in the North.
Both teams will be at home again on Saturday when they host Northwest College. The women tip-off at 3 p.m., followed by the men at 5 p.m.
In the women’s game, the Lady Pioneers played well despite missing one of their leading scorers. Former Custer County Cowgirl Tess Blaquiere missed last night’s game with a knee injury, leaving the Lady Pioneers without their second leading scorer.
The already depleted MCC roster played with just seven players in the game. Jaycin Tini and Ashley Malmquist played all 40 minutes, while Petra Lumpert and Ashley Hildreth each played 30 minutes.
The Lady Pioneers never led in the game, but hung around throughout the game.
Casper led by as many as eight in the first half, but three-pointers from Lindsey Warner, Malmquist and Tini helped the Lady Pioneers cut the score to one.
Casper went into halftime with a 32-29 lead and opened the second half on an 8-0 run.
Again, the Lady Pioneers kept clawing their way back into the game. They got as close as four on a couple occasions, but were never able to fully recover.
MCC shot the ball well, for the first time in weeks, hitting 44 percent of their field goals in the loss. They were an impressive 17-19 from the free throw line.
Both teams played a high-tempo offensive game, and full-court press on defense, which led to a total of 53 turnovers in the game.
Tini had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Lady Pioneers. Shelby Weeks had 17 points and seven boards, while Malmquist added 11 points.
Kendyl Nunn led Casper (13-9, 5-4) with 29 points.
In the men’s game, what was a close first-half turned into a blowout in the second.
Casper led by as many as eight in the first half before the Pioneers went on an 8-0 run, seven from Jonathan Dogbo, to take their first lead of the game. MCC took a 32-30 lead on another Dogbo three, but Casper outscored them 9-2 in the final minutes to take a 39-34 lead into halftime.
MCC got within three early in the second half, but Casper quickly pushed their lead into double figures and held that lead through the end of the game.
Casper outscored the Pioneers 53-36 in the second half.
The Pioneers shot the ball well, hitting 47 percent of their shots on the game, but managed 62 field goal attempts, while Casper had 81 field goal attempts.
Dogbo and Teslim Idris each had 20 points to lead the Pioneers, Quinn Smith added 10 points and five rebounds.
Daniel Nwosu led five Casper players in double figures with 18 points.
Casper 77, Lady Pioneers 69
Casper 32 45 - 77
Miles 29 40 - 69
Lady Pioneers (11-12, 2-8)- Jaycin Tini 21, Ashley Malmquist 11, Shelby Weeks 17, Petra Lumpert 6, Ashley Hildreth 6, Lindsey Warner 5, McKensie Keller 3.
Casper (13-9, 5-4)- Cheyanne Balster 8, Sakayla Davenport 7, Kassidy Scott 16, Meghan Becker 3, Kendyl Nunn 29, Kaylee Swope 3, Shanda Post 6, Ragen Wilson 5.
Casper 92, Pioneers 70
Casper 39 53 - 92
Miles 34 36 - 70
Miles (12-11, 5-5)- Teslim Idris 20, Jonathan Dogbo 20, Quinn Smith 10, Conner Smyle 7, LaSalle Massey 8, Emmanuel Olufemi 5.
Casper (14-8, 7-2)- Tanner Morgan 7, Yephnick Adelphonse 4, Garrett Swanson 12, Jay Wright 16, Daniel Nwosu 18, Chase Riley 11, Jake Johnson 1, Gabriel Vasquez 6, George Edwards 17.