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MW BASKETBALL: Lady Jays knock off Rochester

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ROCHESTER -- Tiffany Gehl stayed hot from the field with a 33-point performance against the Rochester Yellowjackets to help the Minnesota West Lady Jays to a 93-65 road win during a women's basketball game Wednesday.

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"It was a good night for us," MW coach Mike Fury said. "We came in and took care of business on the road."

The Lady Jays jumped out to a 24-10 lead early in the opening half, but the Yellowjackets fought back to make it 33-31 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first.

"We came out strong in the first half, but we let them back in the game," Fury said. "But then we hit three consecutive 3-pointers to end the first half. It was a huge last 2 minutes and it allowed us to get the big lead."

Minnesota West once again came out of the locker room on fire, taking a 76-45 lead by the halfway point of the second half.

"We found each other really well again tonight," Fury said. "We have done well with that the last few games along with finishing our shots, too. We had 26 assists tonight and that is outstanding. It shows how well we can work as a team."

Lindsey Drooger was second for the Lady Jays in scoring with 18 points, while Katey Granstra added 14 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Brittany Hulstein picked up 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks on the night for MW. Mara Eichenberger led the team in assists with nine and scored eight points in the game.

The Lady Jays (18-6, 9-2) have clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's regional playoffs and will host Riverland Sunday in their regular season finale.

MW 42 51 -- 93

Rochester 31 34 -- 65

Bluejays fall to

Yellowjackets

Tyler Aquallo led the Bluejays with 20 points in a 91-71 loss to the Rochester Yellowjackets Wednesday.

"We didn't shoot very well and we weren't able to handle Rochester's pressure defense," MW coach Justin Heckenlaible said. "The other issue for us was rebounding, because Rochester was more aggressive than us all game."

Minnesota West trailed by 23 at halftime and was unable to make a comeback in the second half.

"We weren't patient on offense," Heckenlaible said. "The Yellow-jackets were just more aggressive on offense and defense."

Mitch Olson and Cody Harris both picked up nine points in the game for the Bluejays; while Harris had a team high four rebounds.

"We have to get better at grinding out our possessions," Heckenlaible said. "We need to work for a better shot instead of settling for the shot we have. However, Rochester is a good team and are unbeaten in the league."

The Yellowjackets were led by Justyn Galloway's 19 points.

The Bluejays (12-13, 5-8) host Riverland Sunday in their season finale and need a win to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot in next week's regional playoffs.

MW 28 43 -- 71

Rochester 51 40 -- 91

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