Basketball (W)

T-Birds Out Fly Pioneers

Box Score

(Miles City, MT) The Miles Community College Lady Pioneers played first of two home games this week as they took on the Thunderbirds of Casper College.

The Pioneers are coming into Wednesday night’s game after dropping their second matchup with rival Dawson Community College on Monday. MCC has clinched a Region IX North Sub Region home playoff game, but are playing to build momentum heading into the final two games of the season.

Despite strong efforts on the offensive end of the court by Tia Torio, Jennifer Burnham, and Colleen Katoa, the Lady Pioneers fell short as Casper went on to win 68-62.

Things looked great late in the second half for the Lady Pioneers as they strung together a 9-0 run as to close out the half and take a four point lead into the locker room.

Coming out in the third quarter, some adjustments made by ex-Pioneer coach now current Casper head coach, Dwight Gunnare, gave the Thunderbirds the upper hand in the third quarter. Casper put together an offensive showing in the latter minutes of the 3rd that led to a 11-2 run that put the T-Birds back up by 5 heading into the final 10 minutes.

In the 4th, MCC fought back tying the game at 53-53 at the five minute mark, but back to back to back three point shots from Casper put the Lady T-Birds in the driver seat.

Despite shooting just 52% from the charity stripe as a team, Casper’s Ashlie Larson, a Miles City local and Custer County District High School Graduate, hit the free throws that mattered down the stretch.

Some last second shooting from Burnham and Torio cut the lead to six, but with time working against them, MCC came up short.

Torio led the scoring column for MCC with 18, while Burnham and Katoa both finished with double digits. Miles City local Ashlie Larson finished with 17 points off the bench for the T-Birds to lead Casper in scoring. MCC was outrebounded 37-28, which led to being outscored in the paint 24-12. The Lady Pioneers shot 87.5% from the free throw line.

Next up for the ‘Neers:

After their third loss in a row, MCC will take on Little Big Horn on Saturday afternoon. Little Big Horn is coming in to the game sitting at the bottom of the standings. MCC blew the Rams out in their first meeting of the season and have a chance to end their regular season with a win before hosting their Region IX playoff game on March 3rd.

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