Basketball (W)

Lady Pioneers Drop Both Games in the Hilex Poly Invite

(Twin Falls, ID) The Lady Pioneers made the trek to Southern Idaho for the College of Southern Idaho’s Hilex Poly Invitational where they took on Snow College and host team CSI.

Miles Community College entered the weekends slate of games at 4-3 after coming off two wins in the Foundation Classic against Lake Region State College and Williston State College.

Game 1 MCC 57 vs Snow College 67

The Pioneers opened the Hilex Poly invitational against Snow College of Ephraim, UT. The Lady Pioneers got off to a hot start in the first half shooting 70% from the field and jumping out to an early 22-14 lead after the first quarter of play. Some good work on the perimeter by Lacey Waid opened up the paint for Colleen Katoa who bucketed 6 points in the early going of the game while Waid hit a pair of triples in the first 10 minutes of play.

The second quarter of play the Lady Pioneers found themselves in the cooler as they could only muster 9 points on 20 shots before the halftime buzzer sounded. Snow College made a run in the second, outscoring the Lady Pioneers 20-9 and taking the halftime lead into the locker room.

The 3rd quarter was a similar story to the second. The Lady Pioneers shot 20 percent from the floor and had a tough time finding quality shots against a stout Badger defense. The Badgers on the other hand, continued their scoring run outscoring the Pioneers 22-11 and taking a commanding 14 point lead into the final quarter of play.

MCC made some adjustments heading into the 4th and found a way to score in the low post thanks in part to Mary Bode and Colleen Katoa. Jennifer Burnham found success driving into the lane and found herself at the free throw line where she would hit 5 of her 6 attempts. Although MCC outscored Snow College in the 4th, the deficit proved to be too large as the Pioneers would drop the first game of the tournament 57-67.

Game 2 MCC 39 CSI 68

MCC found themselves in a battle in the first half of the tournament finale. After a 10-0 run by the Golden Eagles, MCC would answer putting together a 16-4 run of their own and would find themselves in the lead after the first ten minutes of play.

The second quarter would include another run by each team. CSI would take the lead back early in the second thanks to an 8-0 run but MCC would punch back and take the lead back from CSI at the halfway point of the second quarter. The golden eagles managed to chip the lead down after back to back Brianna Osorio three pointers and they would take a 36-32 lead into the locker room.

The second half was a lopsided one, CSI came out guns blazing and didn’t surrender a point in the 3rd quarter. The 21-0 run by the Golden Eagles silenced any upset thoughts the Lady Pioneers had going into the 4th quarter.

Despite such a close first half, MCC couldn’t find their footing in the second half on the offensive end of the floor and would be outscored 32-7. The Golden Eagles would run away with a 68-39 victory.


The Lady Pioneers’ record falls to 4-5 as they head to Bismarck, ND. They will take on Bismarck State College and United Tribes Technical College. With just five games remaining before Region IX play begins, they will look to build some momentum before heading into the holiday break.

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