MCC women avenge overtime loss to Gillette College 85-64

Star Staff Writer

Now that’s how to get revenge.

The Miles City College women’s basketball team remembered its two-point overtime loss to Gillette College. That was on the road 25 days ago.

On Saturday  it was time to avenge that loss and the Pioneers did it in a big way, scoring the game’s first nine points en route to winning 85-64 with a tremendous inside-outside performance at the Centra in Miles City.

Forget that the Pronghorns outscored the Pioneers 21-10 in the fourth quarter with all the starters on the bench. The reserves weren’t going to let the 75-43 lead after three quarters get away.

MCC, which is 6-2 in NJCAA Region IX and 20-4 overall, hit 7-for-13 on 3-pointers in the first half  and were 11-of-24 overall from distance. Gillette shot only 42.6 percent (23-54, including 4-of-16 on 3-pointers.

“We were excited to play them again,” said Paula Rosello Mateu, a freshman who scored 10 points and was one of four Pioneers in double figures. “I thought our style — it was perfect. We were looking inside and if it wasn’t there we’d throw it outside.”

Bre Moea’i and Patrycja Jaworska each scored 16 points and Kyra Fleharty had 14 for MCC. Also scoring for the Pioneers were Klaudija Bacovic and Jennica Tamura with eight each, Marina Peinado and Balaguer with six, Dakota Dosch five and Vendra Radosavljevic with two.

Leading Gillette, which had only six players score, was Haley Urbatsch with 15. Point guard Rickie Engesser, one of the top Gillette players, played only 15:33, exiting in the second quarter because of two technical fouls.

“I know they were excited, but they did a good job focusing on this one,” MCC coach Nate Vogel said. “This is what we put on the board. We were executing inside-outside.”

He said he was happy with most of the team, but had special praise for Moea’i, who went 6-for-7 inside against a 6-foot-5 opponent and made all four of her free throws. She also broke her little finger prior to Christmas, but is ia starter.

“I thought Bre played well,” Vogel said. “She did exactly what we asked her to do.”

“I feel good and I’m ready for the next game,” Moae’i said.

That will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Casper College , the only other Region IX team that has beaten the Pioneers.

I think they’re a good team, but I think our team can keep up with them,” Moea’i said of Casper.

Vogel agreed.

“They’re the best team in our conference,” he said. “We’re chasing them.”

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)