Northwest College turns tables on MCC women

By Abe Winter Star Staff Writer

Nate Vogel was surprised and disappointed by his own team. “I told the players after the game that I never thought any team could do that to us,” the Miles Community College coach said after his Pioneers fell 61-55 to Northwest College in a Region IX women’s basketball game Wednesday night at the Centra. The turnover-plagued game saw the Pioneers force 25 turnovers by the Trappers, but commit 24 of their own. That helped the Trappers overcome a 32-22 halftime deficit, close within 41-40 after the third quarter and then use an 11-0 run in a span of 3:23 to build a 56-48 advantage that the Pioneers couldn’t overcome. The Pioneers were ahead 48-45 when Northwest went on its run to avenge a loss to MCC in Powell. MCC closed to 56-52, but the Trappers made five free throws in the final 30 seconds to finish it off. The success of the Northwest press seemingly startled the Pioneers. “I don’t think we were prepared to be that pressed,” said MCC’s Kyra Fleharty. “I think we need to mentally regroup and we have a long trip, so that gives us time.” She referred to a trip that includes games Saturday at Western Wyoming in Rock Springs and Monday at Central Wyoming in Riverton. Vogel added: “They got us out of our stuff. Because we didn’t have confident ballhandlers, we couldn’t set up our offense. But it was a good game between two good teams. They were just better tonight.” Patricja Jaworska scored 15 points, Bre Moea’i had 12, Dakota Dosch 10, Kylee Meredith and Fleharty eight each and Klaudija Bacovic two for MCC. Three players combined for 40 points for the Trappers — Kira Marlow with 18, Tala Aumua-Tuisavura with 12 and Tayla Sayer with 10. MCC shot only 35.3 percent on 2-pointers (18-for-51) and 27 percent on 3-pointers (6-for-22). Jaworska, Dosch and Meredith had two each from long range. Northwest hit 38 percent (20-for-53, including 2-for-14 on 3-pointers) from the field. The winners missed 11 free throws but had a 19-11 edge in made free throws. The loss hurt MCC’s chances for the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament. The Pioneers trail second-place Northwest (9-2) by two games and Region IX leader Casper College (11-0) by four. MCC is 21-6 overall and 7-4 in Region IX.

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