By Zach Carattini CSC Sports Information BOX SCORE
The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (6-10, 5-6 RMAC) outlasted South Dakota Mines (1-17, 1-11 RMAC) 89-82 during a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference showdown at home Saturday night.
Though CSC never gave up the lead, Mines did not go down without a fight as it outscored the Eagles 45-41 in the second half and had 47 bench points. The win gives the Eagles their sixth win of the season, all of which have come while playing at home in the Chicoine Center.
“[Mines] is a good team and they are on the cusp of winning,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Janet Raymer. “We were able to hold on tonight for the win, but they didn’t make it easy on us.”
In the first quarter, Chadron State jumped out to a 10-0 lead off field goals by Samiyah Worrell, Jori Peters, and Ashayla Powers. Mines’ Naomi Hidalgo finally broke the ice for the Hardrockers with a layup at 4:48. The score was 19-13 Eagles heading into the second quarter.
Both teams’ offenses exploded in the second quarter. The Eagles shot 53.3% on field goals (8-15), 50% on three-pointers (1-2), and a staggering 75% on free throws (12-16) while the Hardrockers shot 33.3% on field goals (5-15), 33.3% on three-pointers (3-9), and 91.7% on free throws (11-12). CSC’s 29 second-quarter points mark as one of its best efforts in a quarter this season. It was 48-37 Eagles
Worrell was the only Eagle to land a three-pointer in the first half.
Strong offensive play continued for both teams in the third and fourth quarters. Worrell and Bailey Brooks each added a three-pointer in the third quarter while the Hardrockers added three of their own to chip into the Eagles’ lead. CSC’s Micheala Dammann contributed two layups and an assist to help keep the Eagles up by nine points at the end of the quarter.
Mines landed four three-pointers during the fourth quarter. Three of them came from Piper Bauer and one came from Ryan Weiss. Bauer’s third trey pushed the Hardrockers to within a two-point deficit at 75-73 with 5:29 left in the game. But it was the Eagles’ 11 made free throws as well as six field goals by Peters, Dammann, and Worrell that kept them above South Dakota Mines, closing the game 89-82.
“Our players love each other, share the ball, and celebrate the little things,” said Raymer. “I’m proud of the things they are doing.”
The Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they host Westminster Griffins (8-5, 7-2 RMAC) at 2 p.m.
Chadron State— Samiyah Worrell 23, Ashayla Powers 22, Jori Peters 19, Micheala Dammann 12, Bailey Brooks 5, Olyvia Pacheco 2, Kadyn Comer 2, Elle Ravenscroft 2, Emily Achter 1, Meaghan Ross 1. Totals: 29-52 (3-12) 28-37, 89 points, 33 rebounds, 13 assists, 15 turnovers.
South Dakota Mines— Ryan Weiss 16, Naomi Hidalgo 16, Piper Bauer 15, Makenna Bodette 7, Anna Combalia 6, Kaydin Davis 6, Bailey Johnson 4, Lily Peterson 4, Melissa Johnstone 4, Sydnee Durtsche 2, Jansi Merz 2. Totals: 23-59 (12-37) 24-26, 82 points, 26 rebounds, 18 assists, 15 turnovers.