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College women's basketball: Lady Jays trimmed in Region XIII showdown

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- One point was all that separated the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team from Anoka-Ramsey on Saturday.

The Golden Rams fleeced West 77-76 in a first-round game of the Region XIII Tournament, ending the Worthington-based team's season. A year ago, the Lady Jays just missed qualifying for the nationals in Worthington, losing in double overtime in the region championship to Rochester. This year's loss may not have been quite as dramatic as that one, but it still hurt, said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka.

Trailing by 13 points at halftime, the Jays had a shot opportunity to take the lead with 16 seconds remaining in the game against A-R, but didn't get a good look.

"Couldn't be more proud of the effort," said Hayenga-Hostikka. "We fought like crazy. Just ended up on the short end of the stick."

Emily Schroer and Avery Van Roekel both scored 18 points for Minnesota West. Emily Shaffer scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds. M'Kayla Mike finished with 11 points. Lexie Ramsey had nine points and six assists.