(Editors note: Carroll College media release)
HELENA -- A power outage, thousands of fanatical schoolkids and, oh yeah, a women's basketball game.
Just another Field Trip Game, right?
The No.7 Carroll College women's team rebounded on Thursday to defeat the College of Idaho 79-54 in the PE Center. It was a contest delayed by about an hour as a power outage left most of Helena without electricity for over an hour.
The teams re-warmed up and showed no signs of slowing down due to a little extra downtime.
"We're definitely a long way away from being the seventh team in the country, but this is long, long season," Saints coach Rachelle Sayers said. "We have a lot to work on. But it's definitely a relief for the kids to come out, obviously, it was a tough start with the delay and not knowing where we were going to play."
Once the game got rolling, so did the Saints. The Saints took a lead early, playing a faster pace of offense and creating havoc on defense. By halftime, Carroll led 41-29. The Saints won the third and fourth quarters to cruise to the victory.
The Saints played 13 players, four of which reached double figures led by Dani Wagner's 16 points. Joining her were Sienna Swannack with 14 points, Jaidyn Lyman with 12, and Emerald Toth with 10.
Kamden Hilborn added seven points, eight assists and five rebounds.
It was a turnaround game for the Saints, who opened the season 45 points against a tough Calgary team.
"I think I had our kids playing too conservatively against Calgary We watched their two games and they forced a lot of turnovers," Sayers said. "We wanted to make sure we had ball security and control the tempo."
The Saints (1-1) now turn their focus to a game against Montana on Oct. 29.