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Rocky Mountain College women hold off Lewis-Clark State, men fall 85-81

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 15:10:42-05

BILLINGS -- Rocky Mountain College shot better than 55 percent Thursday night on the way to a 71-65 Frontier Conference women's basketball win over Lewis-Clark State at the Fortin Center.

Markaela Francis turned in another outstanding game, leading everybody with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting. She also shared a team-high in rebounds with 10. Kloe Thatcher scored 18 points for the Bears, who led 21-11 after the opening period. Rocky led by as many as 17 in the third.

Kiara Burlage led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting. Jansen Edmiston added 18 for L-C State, which was held to 41 percent shooting.

Rocky's women improve to 9-8 in Frontier play and 18-10 overall. They host Montana Tech Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

L-C State's men trailed by eight at halftime but rallied past Rocky 85-81 in the late game.

The Warriors had no solution for stopping Grant Wallace, who led everybody with 33 points for Rocky. The Bears put four players in double figures with Clayton Ladine adding 22, Sam Vining with 14 and Darius Henderson 12.

Travis Yenner led L-C State in scoring with 29 points. The Warriors also had four players in double-digit scoring. Josiah Westbrook was next in line with 19.

The Warriors trailed 47-39 at halftime but shot 50 percent from the field in the second half to erase a 10-point deficit. L-C led by as many as eight.

The Bears drop to 1-16 in conference and play their final regular-season game at home Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Montana Tech.