College basketball: Morningside gets past Minnesota West

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Both Minnesota West basketball teams entered the Thanksgiving break on a loss Monday. The Bluejay men kept the game close throughout, but dropped a 68-65 decision against Morningside's junior varsity squad. The depleted Lady J...

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Both Minnesota West basketball teams entered the Thanksgiving break on a loss Monday.
The Bluejay men kept the game close throughout, but dropped a 68-65 decision against Morningside’s junior varsity squad. The depleted Lady Jays saw the Mustangs pull away in the second half to hand them a 102-52 loss.

Morningside 68, West 65
Minnesota West was able to slow Morningside’s offensive attack, unfortunately for the Bluejays they didn’t have enough of one themselves.
“Offensively we didn’t play very well, but we played well defensively,” Jays’ head coach Justin Heckenlaible said. “Defensively we did enough to keep ourselves in the game, we just didn’t sustain it long enough to get the win.”
The entire game was close, according to Heckenlaible. The entire time, the Bluejays were within six-to-10 points at the most. At halftime, the deficit was only three with the Mustangs holding a slim 31-28 lead.
That was where things stood at the end as well with West not quite being able to get the key bucket it needed to get over the hump.
“We’ve gotta score the ball a little better,” Heckenlaible said.
Mitch Prouty finished with a team-best 13 points for the Bluejays. Zech Adams and Jesse Koerselman added 12 each.
Minnesota West (1-3 overall) is off until Dec. 4 when it plays host to Itasca Community College.
West 28 65
Morn. 31 68
Cameron 0-2-0-4, Yelverton 1-1-1-6, Adams 2-3-0-12, Prouty 3-2-0-13, Chester 0-3-0-6, Pennington 0-1-2-4, Kruse 0-2-0-4, Koerselman 0-4-4-12. Totals: 6-16-7-65

Morningside 102, West 52
If there is one team that needs a nine-day break, it’s the Minnesota West women.
The Lady Jays started Monday’s game - its sixth in just 10 days - with only six healthy players. By the second half, they were worn down. Morningside pulled away for a 102-52 nonconference victory.
“I think the fatigue was really starting to set in,” West head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “I think our legs were dead and we couldn’t get a rebound. They basically shot until they scored in the second half. When that starts to happen it tends to turn into an avalanche.”
West kept pace in the first quarter, but the Mustangs out-scored it 21-8 in the second to carry a 53-25 lead into halftime. They put it away with a 21-13 advantage in the third.
Brooke Henning continued to be a bright spot for the Lady Jays. She tallied her “third or fourth” double-double in a row, according to Hayenga-Hostikka, with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
“She’s working hard,” the first-year head coach said. “She’s one of our sophomores that has experience and she’s done a great job for us so far.”
Taylor Noid added 12 points for the Lady Jays with Maer Abella notching eight.
The Lady Jays (1-5 overall) are off until Wednesday, Dec. 2, when they travel to Storm Lake, Iowa, to take on Buena Vista University’s junior varsity.
“We have some time off now and we need it bad,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “Hopefully we’ll come back with a full roster.”
West 17 25 38 52
Morn. 22 53 84 102
Hermeling 1-0-0-3, Noid 2-3-0-12, Kremer 1-0-0-3, Henning 3-6-5-26, Abella 0-2-4-8. Totals: 7-11-9-52.

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