Basketball (W)

Lady Pioneers Win Season Openers

Hanek picks up first career win as head coach

(Miles City, MT) -- The 2012-13 basketball season got underway for the Miles Community College women's basketball team when they hosted the Foundation Classic this weekend.  On Friday night, MCC faced University of Montana-Western JV while Northwest College matched up with Rocky Mountain College JV and on Saturday MCC and Northwest switched opponents.  NWC split this weekend, defeating Rocky 71-53 on Friday and falling to the Bulldogs 70-63 on Saturday.  MCC swept the two JV programs this weekend with a 58-44 win over Western and a 59-43 victory against Rocky.

The Lady Pioneers took the floor under first-time head coach Cathy Hanek, who was hired this summer to replace Lindsay Woolley after he had accepted the head job at the University of Montana-Western.  In the first game of her career as head coach, Hanek led Miles against the JV program from UM-Western being coached by former Lady Pioneer Sarah McNamee.  Both teams struggled to score as Western held a slim 11-10 lead in the first 11 minutes of the contest before MCC slowly outscored 12-4 over the final nine minutes of the half to take a 22-15 lead at the break.  Both teams struggled from the field as the Lady Bulldogs shot just 21.7% and MCC hitting just 32% of their shots.

In the second half, MCC found their shooting touch as they hit over 57% from their field and scored 36 points in the second half.  The defense didn't let up as they held Western to under 30% to stretch the final margin to 58-44.  Western managed to stay within striking distance as they hit 11-of-16 from the free throw line in the second half.

Sophomore Ivana Grbic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the team in scoring with 14 points in 25 minutes of action.  A trio of Lady Pioneers scored nine points including sophomores Tessa Rouane (Columbus) and Taylor Lepley (Shepherd) and freshman Ashley Malmquist (Three Forks).  Eight of 10 players scored for MCC in the opening game of the year. 

On the defensive end of the floor, MCC forced 18 turnovers and 15 of which were steals.  Freshmen Angie Crowder (Saco) and Ashley Hildreth (Riverton, UT) each had four steals to lead the defensive efforts. 

On day #2 of the Foundation Classic, MCC used the same formula to pick up a pair of wins against the Bears from Rocky.  In the women's game, Miles' defense stifled Rocky by holding them to just 21% in the first half of the competition to take 31-16 lead going into the break.  Despite their own struggling from the floor, MCC hit 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the opening half to help push the lead out. 

Miles outscored the Bears 28-18 in the paint and held a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points as MCC pulled down 15 offensive rebounds.  Grbic pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. 

Hildreth led MCC in scoring with 12 points in the afternoon contest, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point line.  All 10 players scored at least two points in the contest, including eight of which finishing with at least six points. 

Miles Community College will travel to Devils Lake, ND this coming weekend to compete in the Lake Region State College tournament.  This will be the first of three straight road tournaments before returning home at the end of the month for the MCC Classic.

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