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Miles CC Women Defeat Lamar Community College 87-68 to Advance in Region IX Tourney

Four in double figures for Lady Pioneers

(Miles City, MT) -- The Miles Community College Lady Pioneers defeated Lamar Community College 87-68 to advance to the second round of the Region IX tournament in Casper, Wyoming.  With the win MCC improves to 25-6 overall.

MCC took a 32-25 lead at the break and then broke out and scored 55 points in the second half to out stretch the margin out to 19 at the end of the contest.  Four players scored in double figures for Miles Community College, led by guard Micah Kirkpatrick (Terry) with 17 points.  Kassie Barta (Fairfield), Shaye Murphy (Riverton, UT), and Christen Lopez (West Jordan, UT) also finished in double figures with 16, 13, and 10 points respectively.

The Lady Pioneers held Lamar to just 32 percent from the floor, hitting just 25-of-77 field goals.  MCC outrebounded the Runnin' Lopes 45-34, led by Echo Thurston (Highwood) with 12 rebounds.  Murphy also grabbed nine boards on the evening. 

While on the flip side, Miles 47 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw.  MCC hit 28-of-35 from the charity stripe, including Lopez hitting 8-of-10 on her own.  Lopez also handed out six assists on the evening. 

MCC will face Western Nebraska Community College in the second round on Monday at 5:00 PM.  Western Nebraska defeated Central Wyoming College 69-62 (OT) to advance to the second round.  For tournament information, visit, the official tournament site.

LCC     25      43      68
MCC     32      55      87

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