Chadron State Teams To Host Hardrockers

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The Chadron State College basketball teams will host longstanding rival South Dakota Mines on Saturday in the Chicoine Center. The women’s game will tip off the action at 5:30.

The men’s rivalry with South Dakota Mines dates back to 1921. The Eagles won the first game 27-26. Last year’s contests also were close. The Hardrockers won at 60-59 in overtime and the Eagles won 63-60 on their home court.

Both teams are coming off substantial losses at Black Hills State in Spearfish this week. The Eagles led the Yellow Jackets 35-34 at halftime on Tuesday night, but the final score was 83-65 in favor of the Jackets. On Thursday night, Black Hills defeated the Hardrockers 86-65 behind PJ Hayes, a 6-6 sophomore, who came off the bench to make eight of 10 three-pointers while scoring 26 points.

Chadron State is 7-11 overall and 3-7 in the conference. CJ Jennings leads the Eagles in scoring at 15.2 points a game. Jefferson is next at 13. They scored 21 and 16 points, respectively, against Black Hills.

The Mines men, coached by former CSC athlete Eric Glenn, are 6-11 and 4-7. Three Hardrockers are averaging in double figures. Redshirt freshman Brevin Walter is at 16.4 points a game, Alejandro Rama 14.6 and Kolten Mortensen 13.3. Walter scored 23 points and Rama 17 on Thursday night.

The Chadron State and South Dakota Mines women met for the first time in 1975-76. The Eagles won the first game 49-41 and the Lady Rockers the second 37-35. Mines won both games last year 65-59 and 72-45.

The Chadron State women have improved from a year ago. They are 5-11 for the season and 4-6 in the conference. Like the CSC men, they fell at Black Hills State on Tuesday night in a low scoring game, 57-45.

Shay Powers leads the Eagles in scoring with a 12.9-point average while Samiyah Worrell is at 12.1. Mitchell senior Jori Peters is chipping in 8.1 points a game, and perhaps should shoot more from afar. She’s made 18 of 37 treys for 48.6%.

The Mines women trailed Black Hills State 41-15 at halftime Thursday night and lost to the Yellow Jackets 69-55.

The Lady Rockers have won just one of their 17 games this season—a 74-72 decision over Fort Lewis. But they can’t be taken lightly. Two of their conference losses have been by two points and another by three. The team leader is 5-9 senior Ryan Weiss, who has been First-Team All-RMAC each of the past two years. She’s averaging 12 points this winter and scored 23 Thursday night.

The Chadron State women also will play at home at 2 p.m. Monday against the Westminster Griffins from Salt Lake City. It will replace the game that was scheduled for Jan. 8, but was postponed because of COVID problems.

The Westminster women began this week with a 7-4 season record and 6-1 in the RMAC after not playing since New Year’s Day. They are trying to make up for lost time by playing at Regis on Friday night and at Colorado School of Mines on Saturday night before coming to Chadron.

The Griffins defeated the Eagles 77-59 when they met in Salt Lake City on Dec. 10. Five of Westminster’s six leading scorers are seniors.

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