Lady Pioneers win big, earn home playoff game

The Lady Pioneers of Miles Community College earned a home playoff game with a dominating 58-point win over the Little Big Horn College Lady Rams, and honored five sophomores on their last regular-season home appearance.

Maria Delgado, Tia Torio, Savannah Weidauer, Mary Bode and Emma Farrow are all in their final season for the Lady Pioneers, and all five got the call from head coach Liz Lewis to start the game.

“It was nice to be able to start our sophomores,” Lewis said, “and they really led the way for us.” The second-year players delivered, notching a combined 50 points.

The Lady Pioneers scored 20 points before allowing a three-pointer from Sayra Long Fox with just under three minutes left in the first quarter on their way to the 95-39 victory. Three of the first four baskets for the Lady Rams came from beyond — and well-beyond — the three-point arc, but their long ball was no match for four Lady Pioneers in double-digits, and all players making a mark on the scorecard.

Freshman guard Kristina Bajovic came off the bench in a big way, leading the Lady Pioneers’ in scoring with 17.

Sophomore guard Weidauer recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Torio recorded 16 points and freshman guard Colleen Katoa netted 12.

“The girls worked together, shared the ball, and it was a great team effort,” Lewis said.

The win moved MCC to fourth place in NJCAA Region IX North Conference, and allows the Lady Pioneers to host Sheridan” on Friday at home. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Speaking of sharing the ball, the Pioneers helped themselves to 21 assists in the game, and they recorded 20 points off of 29 Lady Rams turnovers. MCC didn’t give the ball up easily, and the Rams were only able to hit two points off 16 MCC turnovers.

The Lady Rams shot 100 percent from the foul line, but with only 6 chances, their consistent free throw shooting was overshadowed by making just 21 percent of their shots from the field.  

Jael Birdinground led the Lady Rams with 12 points and was a perfect four-for-four from the foul line. Evanna Wallace and Long Fox came off the bench to add nine points apiece.

The Lady Pioneers laid down the offensive hammer in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Rams 29-11 while the Lady Rams sent three players to the bench with a game-ending five fouls.

MCC finished the game shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe, where they had 26 chances.

The win at home brings the Lady Pioneers’ final regular season record to 16-14  overall and 7-7 in conference.