LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The Minnesota West Bluejays let a close game slip away from them in the second half of a game with Ridgewater Wednesday night. But on the road Saturday against Western Tech, they weren’t about to let that happen again.
West defeated the Cavaliers 80-70.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Western Tech beat the Lady Jays 69-55.
Bluejays 80, Western Tech 70
“We played really well as a team, the way you have to play in the conference to win the game,” said Minnesota West head coach Taylor Lupton.
The Jays dished out 24 assists overall and committed only 13 turnovers.
Chris Morales led the Worthington-based club with 25 points and seven assists. Emmanuel Akot had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jaimon Cheek and Elijah Williams scored 11 points apiece. Xavier Dixon was credited with six assists.
“It’s crunch time for us, and we came together in crunch time. Did about everything right today,” said Lupton.
West is 9-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Bluejays 42 80
Western Tech 37 70
Western Tech 69, Lady Jays 55
A cold stretch late in the first half and early in the second helped to sink the Lady Jays. They were trailing just 23-21 with about four minutes to go until intermission, but they made only two more points until the buzzer sounded. Then they scored only one point in the first four minutes of the second half.
Western Tech led by seven at halftime and increased it.
“We played hard in the second half and cut it to eight,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “But the whole thing came down to us having 37 turnovers. They were a half-court team that swarmed the ball.”
Jazmin Voehl scored 14 points for West. Alanna Goetzinger had 11 and Melissa Brandt 10. Evelyn Othow scored nine, with eight rebounds. Lexie Ramsey had four assists.
The Lady Jays made just 17 of 30 shots at the free throw line.
Lady Jays 23 55
Western Tech 30 69