Lady Pioneers outgun Generals

The Miles Community College Lady Pioneers faced Sheridan College on Wednesday night for their first match on the Centra hardwood following the holiday break, and carried their early lead throughout to defeat the Lady Generals 70-55. 

The win against the Region IX rivals moves the Lady Pioneers to a conference record of 2-1 and 11-7 overall. 

Kyra Fleharty, a freshman forward, and sophomore center Savannah Weidauer both put up double-doubles, with Fleharty sinking a game-leading 14 points and snagging 12 boards. Weidauer dropped in 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds — nine under the Lady Generals’ basket.

MCC led 39-27 at the half, behind nine points from sophomore guard Lacey Waid and 12 from Fleharty. 

The Lady Generals brought the score to within eight points midway through the third quarter, but Weidauer’s strong presence under the net and in the paint helped put MCC up by 15 at the end of three.

“I felt like I really contributed tonight getting those rebounds,” said Weidauer. “I felt like [the double-doubles] really helped us on both ends of the floor.” 

“I’m really proud of Kyra and Savannah tonight,” said Lady Pioneer head coach Liz Lewis. “Getting the job done on the boards was really what we needed.” 

The Lady Pioneers’ bench added 18 points, including two three-pointers from freshman guard Emily Bergum. 

Also in the double-digits scoring column were sophomore guard Tia Torrio and freshman forward Colleen Katoa, each notching 13 points.

MCC’s scoring leader Torrio, who averages 15.8 ppg, was held in check as Sheridan’s defense swallowed up her shooting opportunities.

“Tia did a great job sharing the ball tonight and getting our team into our offense,” Lewis said. 

Torrio did sink a three-pointer from well beyond the men’s three-point line at the top of the key as the shot clock buzzer sounded late in the fourth to bring the score to 69-55. Sheridan only managed one bucket in the final four minutes despite matching MCC point-for-point in the quarter. 

MCC’s aggressive man-to-man defense led to 19 Sheridan turnovers and kept Lady Generals high-scorer Rebekah Brewer to just six points. 

“They did a great job of taking us out of some of the things we wanted to do on offense,” said Lady Generals head coach Frank McCarthy. “They got after us right from the start.” 

“We haven’t ran [that type of defense] a lot this year,” said Lewis. “We came out that way tonight because they’re such good shooters, and our girls brought the intensity. That was the tone we set at the beginning of the game.” 

The Lady Generals were led by Raelynn Keefer with 16 points and Ashlie Blackburn and Judit Valls Dellavalle each with 10.