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Lady Pioneers fall short against first place Casper, race past Lady Mustangs

(Miles City, MT) The Lady Thunderbirds of Casper College came into Friday’s Region IX contest against Miles CC in first place. They left Miles CC in first place after escaping Kailey Gymnasium with a 68-66 victory over the Pioneers.

MCC trailed by as much as 13 in the first half. However, MCC managed to gain ground after going on a 12-6 run late in the first half to close the game at intermission, 33-28.

MCC began the second half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-34 advantage on a field goal from freshman post player Haley Ohm. Following the setback, Casper went on a run of their own, taking back the lead and building it to a 55-42 advantage with 9 minutes remaining. Miles eventually cut the lead to 64-62 with 1:37 remaining on a 3-pt. basketball from freshman Shelby Holmes. Casper would seal the game with 2 crucial free throws, keeping them in first place of the Region IX North.

For MCC, Sophomore Shelby Weeks led all scorers with 15 points on 2-of-5 shooting from 3-pt. range, while grabbing 5 rebounds. Sophomore Jaycin Tini poured in 14 points on her way to a double-double after pulling down 14 rebounds. Holmes notched 11 points on three 3-pt. baskets while securing 4 rebounds.

MCC held a 49-40 rebound advantage over the Thunderbirds. However, Casper took advantage of 19 MCC turnovers and outscored the Blue and White in bench production, 26-17.

With the loss, the Pioneers drop their Region IX record to 5-3 and 15-10 overall.

MCC 75, WWCC 45

MCC shot 49% from the field and 94% from the free throw line on their way to the 75-45 Region IX North conference win over the Mustangs of Western Wyoming College.

MCC dominated in the second half as they outscored WWC 49-22 on 19 assists and were led by 23 points from sophomore Shelby Weeks. Weeks recorded a double-double after shooting 10-of-16 from the field and 3-of-8 long range to go along with 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Jaycin Tini poured in 15 points on 7-of-8 from the free throw line, while adding 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Petra Lumpert added 13 points and 6 assists, while Theresa Mac-Dangosu was perfect from the field (4-of-4) and free throw line (6-of-6), scoring 14 points.

MCC hits the road for their last road series of the year when they travel to Sheridan College on Thursday, February 12th to square off against the Lady Generals at 5:30 pm. They continue their two game road trip when they tip-off against Gillette College at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 14th.

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