(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – After a horrible loss to Northwest College, DCC seemed unfazed by their next opponent, Gillette College. The contest between both schools was neck and neck throughout the afternoon with 13 lead changes and 9 ties. In the end, the Lady Bucs were able to execute in the last minute and a half of the game with a crucial lay-up scored by Alexius Foster and a defensive passing lane steal by Ejanae Coopwood. DCC won 78-74.
Both teams had 4 players in double figure scoring, weak 3 point shooting percentages as well as 20 team turnovers apiece. Each team had one player with a double double. However, Dawson won 3 of the 4 quarters and outrebounded Gillette 41-34. The Lady Bucs also had 13 steals to Gillette’s 8. Both teams shot decent from the field with Dawson shooting 43% and Gillette at 40%. The Lady Pronghorns shot a solid 73% from the free throw line, but DCC was more impressive with 85%.
“To bounce back from a horrendous loss the previous night, and finish a close game the next day to a solid ball club in Gillette, definitely shows signs of perseverance and belief that our Lady Bucs can refocus and move on to the next game without negative side effects. At times the game was played sloppy by both teams, but we managed to pull it out, and as a coaching staff, we were extremely pleased, with a sigh of relief,” said Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr.
Alexius Foster led the Lady Bucs and the game with 28 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Ejanae Coopwood bounced back with 21 points, 7 rebounds and a game high 5 steals. MacKinzie Verke added 15 going 3-6 from beyond the arc. Lexia Bell-White had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bucs look to avenge an earlier loss to Miles City this Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm in the second Battle of the Badlands. The game will be played in Miles City.
After defeating Little Big Horn College earlier in the week, Dawson Community College got a taste of their own medicine, being dominated by Northwest College in Powell, WY by the score of 109-58. The Lady Trappers of Northwest had 5 players in double digit scoring and all 12 players scored with 68 points coming off the bench. DCC had 8 points off the bench.
It was not a pretty sight for the Lady Bucs as they experienced their worst loss of the season. With only three DCC players in double figures, the Lady Bucs were outrebounded 40-21 and accumulated 37 turnovers. Even though the Lady Trappers had a mass amount of 26 turnovers themselves, they managed to dominate on the scoring end. Northwest’s starting five and bench were too high powered and DCC could not defend the perimeter nor the paint.
An optimistic Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. commented saying, “That was really a tough loss for us all to swallow. However it is very tough to play in Powell, and they did the same thing to us last year. So I am hopeful we overcome this defeat, and welcome them to Glendive. I believe we will bounce back when we play them again.”
Alexius Foster and Lexia Bell-White had 13 points apiece. However, Bell-White led the game with 9 turnovers. MacKinzie Verke had 10 points.