MCC women win 1, lose 1 in Wyoming

By Star Staff

The Miles Community College women’s basketball team may have taken out some frustration Saturday afternoon in its 102-83 victory over Western Wyoming in Rock Springs.

Then they followed that with a surprising loss Monday night, falling 81-75 to Central Wyoming in Riverton.

The Pioneers saw their record go to 8-5 in Region IX and 22-7 overall. Western fell to 5-10 and 5-23 and Central improved to 4-9 and 10-19.

After committing 24 turnovers in a loss to Northwest Wyoming at home last Wednesday, the Pioneers reduced their miscues to 14 while forcing the Mustangs to commit 27.

Despite a slow start — the Pioneers trailed by 13 in the first half — they had five players in double figures, all with at least 14. It proved to be a solid Region IX win.

“We could make a million excuses why we started slow, but that’s not what our team does,” first-year coach Nate Vogel said.

“We found a way to claw back in the game and eventually get a win by a large margin.”

Down by 13 and win by 19 — it was a 32-point turnaround led by Dakota Dosch and Kyra Fleharty with 22 points each.

Bre Moea’i netted 18, Patrycja Jaworska had 17 and Kylee Meredith had 14 for MCC, which led 55-47 at halftime.

Also scoring for the Pioneers were Marina Peinado Balaguer with seven and Klaudija Bacovic with two.

The Pioneers made 15 3-pointers — five by Fleharty, four by Meredith, three by Dosch, two by Jaworska and one by Balaguer.

The only area in which they hurt themselves was at the line, where they missed 16 free throws while making

23. Western was 20-of-28 on free throws.

Francesca Facchini scored 21 points, Nenna Lindstorm 19 and Anna Radenkva 16 for Western.

Against Central Wyoming, the Pioneers shot only 30 percent (24-of-80, including 12-of-43 on 3-pointers while the Mustangs hit 55 percent (22-of-40).

The major difference came at the free throw line, where the Mustangs shot 48 times, making 34. The Pioneers, who were assessed 33 fouls compared to Central’s 20, made 15 of 27 free throws. MCC was outrebounded 61-40.

MCC lost despite forcing the Rustlers into 37 turnovers while committing 22.

Seven players scored for MCC, with Jaworska leading the way with 16, Dosch adding 14, Paul Rosello Mateu netting 11, Balaguer hitting 10, and Fleharty, Meredith and Moea’i getting eight each.

Marisa Arnold scored 24 points and Rylee Burmester had 22 points and 15 rebounds for Central. Burmester made 14-of-17 free throws and Arnold 8-of-11.

MCC’s last game of the regular season is scheduled Saturday at 2 p.m. at home against Little Big Horn of Crow Agency.