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Minnesota West: Lady Jays score well, fall to Mount Marty

YANKTON, S.D. — Tiffany Gehl scored 27 points and Lindsey Drooger tallied 22 as the Minnesota West women’s basketball team put on a solid offensive show Wednesday against Mount Marty JV. Despite the offense, however, the Lady Jays wound up on the losing end of a 94-85 score.

The Jays connected on 27 of 56 field goals for 48 percent, but Mount Marty was even more impressive at the free throw line.

The homestanding Lancers converted 28 of 32 free throws.

Kristen Andersen added 11 points for West. Bridget Kramer had seven rebounds while Gehl, a sophomore from Fulda, had six. Drooger, a sophomore from Edgerton, was credited with four assists.

Mount Marty used a late first half run to take a 49-37 lead into the half, but Minnesota West tied the score three minutes into the second half. The Lady Jays later fell behind by 10 points, got a lead, then fell behind down the stretch.

Overall, the Lady Jays — now 1-2 on the young season —put forth a good effort, said veteran head coach Mike Fury.

“We got ourselves back in the game, and we played pretty good in the second half — just couldn’t quite close it,” Fury said.

Wednesday’s action at Yankton was drawn up to be a doubleheader, but the Mount Marty men forfeited to the Bluejays due to a lack of players. Both the women and the men return to action next Wednesday at home against Dakota Wesleyan.

Minn. West 37 85

Mt. Marty 49 94