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College basketball: West teams dominant at Itasca

The Lady Jays won easily in the first game 88-60 and the Bluejays followed it up, defeating the Vikings 71-56 in the nightcap.

The mens basketball team improved to 8-3 entering the Christmas Break while the women sit at an identical mark. Both teams travel to Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd January 3.

Lady Jays 88, Itasca 60

The Lady Jays had a dominating all-around effort in defeating Itasca on the road.

With three players scoring in double digits, a balanced effort on the glass and 14 team steals, West had little problems in widening a nine-point halftime lead into the big win.

Tiffany Gehl led all scorers in the game with 25 points and Lindsey Drooger added 23. Lydia Kemper came off the bench for 18 points and a team-high 14 rebounds and five steals.

Itasca’s Devon Jenson posted 17 points; Brenda Brown added 16 and Carrie Carrigan scored 10. The Vikings went 0 of 5 from behind the arc and shot just 35 percent from the field in the loss. Minnesota West shot a stifling 79.2 percent from the charity stripe on the day.

MWest 39 88

Itasca 30 60

LADY JAYS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Gehl 2-10-3-25, Drooger 1-9-4-23, Kemper 1-6-5-18, Andersen 0-3-3-9, Kramer 1-2-0-5, Hermeling 0-0-4-4, Tish 0-2-0-4. Totals 5-32-19-88.

ITASCA (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) Jenson 0-7-3-17, Brown 0-7-2-16, Carrigan 0-4-2-10, Haggberg 0-3-2-8, Gulseth 0-2-1-5, Jourdain 0-0-2-2, Stenson 0-0-2-2. Totals 0-23-14-88.

Bluejays 71, Itasca 56

Minnesota West’s mens basketball team completed its weekend on the right footing when they defeated Itasca.

The Bluejays held a 40-28 advantage at halftime and had a successful counter for anything Itasca tried to do offensively in the game. The Vikings shot just 29 percent from the field in their loss as West plugged up the lane and kept them away from the free throw line.

“For the second day of our road trip, we played with really good energy. We were able to get stops,” Bluejays coach Justin Heckenlaible said after his team had beaten Northland Friday night and then Itasca. “We had very good execution both Friday and Saturday.”

Bluejay sophomore Jackson Seitzinger scored 14 points to head up his team’s effort and freshman center Blake Fischer added 11 points and seven boards. Quenton Housely posted 20 points for Itasca.

MWest 40 71

Itasca 28 56

BLUEJAYS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Thomas 0-2-2-6, Murray 0-2-2-6, Seitzinger 1-3-5-14, Buysee 1-0-3-6, Fischer 0-4-3-11, Lupton 0-4-1-9, Bennett 1-1-0-5, Harris 1-3-0-9. Totals: 5-19-18-71.

ITASCA (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Boone 0-2-5-9, Caldwell 0-1-0-3, Matthews 1-1-2-7, Beard 2-1-0-8, Housley 2-6-2-20, Story 0-1-0-2, Hutar 0-1-0-2, Wyatt 0-2-1-5. Totals 6-14-10-56.