(Zach Carattini, CSC Sports Information)
The Chadron State College women’s basketball team (5-10, 4-6 RMAC) fell 57-45 at the hands of long-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Black Hills State (8-7, 6-3 RMAC) on Tuesday evening.
In a game where Chadron State dealt with inconsistent shooting and rebounding, BHSU never once gave up the lead. A 22-point second quarter for the Yellow Jackets also helped seal the loss for CSC.
BHSU struck first, netting a fastbreak three-pointer in the first thirty seconds of the game. CSC immediately answered back with a layup by Brittni McCully. The Yellow Jackets would put up two more three-pointers while Olyvia Pacheco landed a trey of her own. The score was 14-10 BHSU at the end of the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets’ offense exploded in the second quarter, shooting 57.1% on field goals (8-14) and 55.6% on three-pointers (5-9). They scored 14 unanswered points until Jori Peters landed a jump shot from inside the paint at 3:35 to make it 28-14. Four more points were added by free throws made by Peters, Pacheco, and Samiyah Worrell. It was 36-18 Yellow Jackets at the end of the first half.
After halftime, the tide shifted half in favor of the Eagles as they outscored BHSU 27-21 in the second half of play. Peters and Worrell each put up two three-pointers in the third quarter to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead from 18 to 13 heading into the final quarter
Despite Bailey Brooks and Emily Achter each netting threes in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were unable to cut BHSU’s lead to less than eight. This is due in part to the Yellow Jackets going 11-16 on free throws. The final score was 57-45.
The Eagles will return home to the Chicoine Center on Saturday to host South Dakota Mines (1-15, 1-9 RMAC) at 5:30 p.m. Monday’s home game versus Westminster College (7-4, 6-1 RMAC) is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Chadron State— Jori Peters 9, Samiyah Worrell 7, Olyvia Pacheco 7, Bailey Brooks 7, Micheala Dammann 5, Ashayla Powers 3, Emily Achter 3, Brittni McCully 2, Riley Aiono 2. Totals: 16-58 (7-20) 6-11, 45 points, 30 rebounds, 4 assists, 12 turnovers.
Black Hills State— Megan Engesser 12, Danica Kocer 12, Summer Fox 9, Haylee Weathersby 8, Niki Van Wyk 4, Morgan Hammerbeck 3, Raven Cournoyer 3, Ashlee Beacom 2, Ashley Davis 2, Samantha Oase 1, Kalla Bertram 1. Totals: 16-39 (10-23) 15-24, 57 points, 41 rebounds, 10 assists, 19 turnovers.