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College basketball: West splits games with Vermillion

BRAINERD —Minnesota West Community and Tehnical College split its afternoon of college basketball Saturday in the Central Lakes Classic in Brainerd. 

The Lady Jays posted their 10th win of the 2013-14 season with a 71-55 victory over Vermillion. It was their second triumph over the Ironwomen. The men capped the afternoon, losing to Vermillion 95-88 to fall to a record of 9-4.

Both Minnesota West basketball teams host Minnesota State-Fergus Falls on Wednesday night in Worthington.

Lady Jays 71, Vermillion 55

The Lady Jays had a comfortable 20-point lead at halftime and survived a second half lull in downing Vermillion.

Lydia Kemper came off the bench to score 15 points, sharing that mark with both Lindsey Drooger and Kristen Andersen. Tiffany Gehl made it four players in double figures, scoring 14 points in the contest. Drooger crashed the boards for 13 rebounds and Kemper reined in 11. Gehl had nine.

Vermillion guard Lindsey Zeitler came alive for 29 points in the game and Mariah McDonald added 14.

Leading by 20 points at halftime, West shot just 21 percent from the field in the second half, fought a battle of turnovers and let Vermillion back into the game. The Lady Jays led by as little as eight points in the second half before they were able to finish the game on the free throw line and seal the deal, pushing their record to 10-3 on the season.

“It is still a nice win as we get into the division season,” Lady Jays coach Mike Fury said. “We need to get ready because this is when they really start counting. You have to be ready to go every night, but especially now. We have a lot of work to do and have to play hard every night.”

Lady Jays 41 71

Vermillion 21 55

LADY JAYS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Kemper 0-4-7-15, Drooger 3-5-2-15, Andersen 0-5-5-15, Gehl 1-5-3-14, Kramer 0-2-4-8, Hermeling 1-1-0-3, Dohlmann 0-0-1-1. Totals 5-22-22-71

VERMILLION (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Zeot;er 5-10-4-29, McDonald 0-6-2-14, Birmingham 0-3-0-6, Linnell 0-0-3-3, Wright 1-0-0-3. Totals 6-19-9-55

Vermillion 95, Bluejays 88

Minnesota West braved a road trip as a warmup for conference play but came up a little short. The loss for the Bluejays against Vermillion came the day after they had beaten Central Lake, in the first day of the Central Lakes Classic, 74-61.

Against Vermillion, the Bluejays held an early 10-point lead but saw it erased by a long-distance shooting effort the Ironmen dialed up to close out the first half and claim a five-point lead.

In all, Vermillion hit eight threes in the game.

Trailing late by just three points, the Bluejays began fouling, and Vermillion finished the game shooting well on the free throw line.

Robby Crawford hit four three-pointers in the game for Vermillion and Pierre Roddy connected on three treys.

Minnesota West had Cody Harris, a sophomore from Rapid City, scoring 34 points while Jackson Seitzinger (17), Derek Buysee (12) and Jordan Thomas (10) all put up double-digit scoring efforts.

“I thought it was a good weekend for us to go on the road and win Friday night and we gave ourselves a chance to win Saturday,” Bluejays coach Justin Heckenlaible said. “It was a good experience for us to get ready for conference play which starts Wednesday.”

Bluejays 39 88

Vermillion 44 88

BLUEJAYS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Hodges 0-1-0-2, Thomas 2-2-0-10, Murray 0-1-1-3, Seitzinger 1-6-2-17, Buysee (12 reb) 0-5-2-12, Fischer 0-3-0-6, Lupton 0-1-2-4, Harris 6-8-0-34. Totals 9-27-7-88

VERMILLION (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Briscoe 0-1-0-2, Lucas 0-1-0-2, Brooks 0-1-4-6, Starks 0-2-6-10, Crawford 4-1-3-15, Roddy 3-2-0-13, Barner 0-3-2-8, Wells 1-8-4-23, Megar 0-7-2-16. Totals 8-25-21-95