MW BASKETBALL: Bluejays, Lady Jays fall in title games
COON RAPIDS -- After securing a 74-65 victory over the Minnesota State-Fergus Falls Spartans Saturday, the Minnesota West Lady Jays took on the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams for the Women's' Basketball Region 13A championship Sunday.
Despite 23 points from freshman Tiffany Gehl, the Lady Jays could not overcome the high-powered Golden Rams who sank 14 3-pointers in the game.
"We played pretty well, but it was a tough game," MW coach Mike Fury said. "We did what we could and I'm proud of the girls. There isn't much more you could ask for."
Minnesota West trailed by six at halftime, but Anoka-Ramsey scored five quick points to open up the second half to increase its lead to 11.
"Their strength is hitting the 3-pointers," Fury said. "We didn't defend that well against them and they were hitting them all night."
The Lady Jays fought back to pull within three points of the lead with 8 minutes left in the game, but the Golden Rams once again hit a big 3-point shot to silence the comeback.
"We played pretty well in the second half, but the Rams just built a lead and were able to keep it," Fury said.
Second on the score sheet for the Lady Jays was Lindsey Drooger with 16, followed by Katey Granstra with 11 points. Granstra also had 12 rebounds and four assists to lead MW in those categories.
A-R 37 41 -- 78
MW 31 37 -- 68
Minnesota West 76
COON RAPIDS -- One day after picking up their second straight upset over a higher ranked opponent, the Minnesota West Bluejays looked to once again upset a No. 1 seed when they took on the Rochester Yellowjackets Sunday.
However, the Bluejays Cinderella story came to an end when the Yellowjackets pulled away for good late in the second half to claim the MCAC Men's Basketball Region 13 title.
"We competed hard today," MW coach Justin Heckenlaible said. "But they were making their shots and taking advantage of their opportunities to get the win."
The Bluejays trailed by 11 at halftime, but were able to cut the Yellowjackets lead to single digits with less than 10 minutes to play. However, Rochester started to drain their shots, while picking up stops on the defensive end to hold off Minnesota West.
"They were kicking the ball out to their guards on the outside and they were knocking down shots," Heckenlaible said. "We were able to get decent looks, but the shots would go in and come out again."
Tyler Aquallo led the Bluejays with 19 points, followed by Luke Roddy with 16 points. Orie Brown picked up 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackson Seitzinger added 14 points in the game.
Roddy and Brown were named to the All-Tournament team for the Bluejays.
The Bluejays end the season 15-14.
MW 35 41 -- 76
Rochester 46 43 -- 89