Basketball (W)

Lady 'Neers Sweep in Williston, ND

Fleharty and Delgado Have Breakout Performances

Box Score

(Williston, ND) The Lady Pioneers hit the road for Williston, ND for their third consecutive weekend road trip. With rematches against both United Tribes Technical College and Williston State College, the weekend was set to be a thrilling one.

Game 1 MCC 74 vs. UTTC 65

The Lady Pioneers took on the Aztecs of United Tribes Technical College on Friday night after dropping their first matchup with UTTC last weekend in Bismarck.

In the first half it would be the MCC show as the Lady Pioneers came out guns blazing thanks to the efforts of Tia Torio and Maria Delgado. The sophomore duo would combine for six deep balls on 10 shots in the first half while freshman Kyra Fleharty announced her presence with authority on the glass snagging 6 first half rebounds, three of which translated to second chance buckets. With a presence inside by Fleharty and Savannah Weidauer, the guard play from MCC was able to operate in all kinds of space and had a significant amount of quality looks at the basket. It came as no surprise that MCC shot just under 50% (15 for 31, 6 for 14 3-pt) in the first half from the floor.

On the defensive end of the floor, MCC held strong throughout the first half holding UTTC to just a 34% (12 for 35, 3 for 15 3-pt). The size advantage was the difference for the ‘Neers as they grabbed nearly every defensive rebound allowing just 2 offensive boards by the Aztecs. With some solid play on both ends of floor, MCC would head into the locker room with a double digit lead.

The second half was a tale of two quarters. MCC picked up right where they left off in the first half outscoring the Aztecs 22-10 in the 3rd quarter. Quality shots from 15 feet were falling and the ones that didn’t drop, led to offensive rebounds and second chance points for the Lady Pioneers. Ten second half offensive board, which led to 14 second chance points, put the Lady Pioneers in the driver seat heading into the 4th quarter with a 61-39 lead.

The final ten minutes of the game were a struggle for MCC. The quality looks on the offensive end of the floor were few and far in between, and the Aztecs couldn’t miss. A perfect 5 for 5 from beyond the arc in the 4th quarter for the Aztecs put them within striking distance, but some clutch free throw shooting by MCC (7 for 8 in the 4th quarter) would put the game on ice. Despite being outscored in the 4th quarter 26-13, the Lady Pioneers held on for the 74-65 victory.

RECAP:

Sophomore Maria Delgado had her breakout game Friday Night. A game high 20 points on 7 for 10 shooting helped her lead the shorthanded Pioneers to victory. Freshman Kyra Fleharty also notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. MCC’s record improves to 7-6 on the year as they are slated for a rematch with Williston State College on Saturday.

Game 2 MCC 58 vs. WSC 56

The rematch between MCC and WSC comes with much anticipation. After a dramatic double overtime thriller in Miles City in November, the Lady Pioneers hit the hardwood trying to remain unbeaten against the Tetons.

The Tetons came out in the first half and were determined to defend their home floor. After some great shooting by Jessi Zuroff, the Tetons strung together a 17-4 run to begin the half. Shots were falling for Williston State and MCC couldn’t buy a basket in the first quarter and the scoreboard showed it. After ten minutes of play, WSC held a 24-11 lead.

The Tetons came out in the 2nd quarter and extended their lead to 14, the largest of the game, after an 18 footer from Sabrina Carter. From there, the Lady Pioneers came to life, and started digging themselves out of their 1st quarter hole. Stringing together a 13-0 run, on some great shooting from Freshman Jennifer Burnham and sophomore Tia Torio, MCC found themselves in a one-point game with four minutes to play in the half. Williston’s Maddie Jaeger would hit triples on back to back trips down the floor with less than a minute to go but Maria Delgado would silence the crowd with a buzzer beater bringing MCC back within 7 heading into the locker room.

The 3rd quarter was back and forth as both the Lady Pioneers and Lady Tetons traded buckets until the five minute mark. At the halfway point of the quarter, Kyra Fleharty hit 3 free throws and Torio and Burnham tossed in three point shots of their own cutting the lead to three heading into the 4th quarter.

The first four minutes of the final quarter went scoreless as both teams showcased some strong defense. Williston broke the ice with back to back buckets at the five minute mark, and with 4:55 on the game clock MCC was staring at an eight point deficit. MCC would cut the lead to two after free throws from Fleharty and Torio and a Jennifer Burnham field goal but Williston would answer. Back to back offensive possessions for WSC lead to points and would bring the game to 56-51. From there, MCC stonewalled the WSC offense and held them scoreless for the rest of the game. On the offensive end, Kyra Fleharty got hot, hitting three point shots on consecutive trips down the floor and after 38 minutes of play, the Lady Pioneers found their first lead of the game. Williston would foul and put Burnham to the line who hit one of two free throws giving the ‘Neers a two point lead. After an unanswered prayer by WSC, the clock showed 0:00 giving MCC the 58-56 comeback victory.

Recap:

Freshman Kyra Fleharty proved to be the difference in the game scoring 20 points and finding herself in double digits in both of the weekend games. The two late three point daggers were enough to push MCC over the top and remain unbeaten on the season against WSC. Tia Torio and Jennifer Burnham would also score 12 points each. The Lady Pioneers’ record improves to 7-6 on the season.

Next up for the 'Neers

The Pioneers will take on in-state rival Dawson Community College this Friday, December 16th in Miles City. Friday’s game will be the last before the team heads into Holiday Break. Following the break, MCC will conclude their non-conference schedule on January 6th before opening up their Region IX conference play against Western Wyoming on January 12th.

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