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Lady Jays win on Saturday, men struggle

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team, after a rough beginning playing against solid non-division schools, have planted their feet on the ground and played good basketball. On Saturday at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington, the Jays held on for a 73-67 victory over Western Tech which improved their record to 8-10 overall and 4-1 in divisional play.

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The West men, however, are not yet planted. Playing a generally undisciplined style of basketball, they were beaten 103-79 by the Cavaliers to fall to 3-13 overall and 0-4 in the South Division.

Both teams are in action again on Monday in Worthington against MState-Fergus Falls, the women starting at 5:30 p.m. and the men tipping off at 7:30.

Women

Lady Jays 73, Western Tech 67

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The Jays got good balance offensively, out-rebounded their opponents 47-36, and though they committed 28 turnovers they maintained control for most of the way.

Madisyn Huisman led the scorers with 17 points. Tia Murray had 15, MacKensie Post 13 and Dannyn Peterson 11.

Murray led the Lady Jays with nine rebounds and she also had four blocks and three steals. Post had six assists and eight rebounds and Jayden Zebe chimed in with five assists.

Head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka had Murray, a 6-0 freshman from Elkhorn, Neb., patrol the middle. And she patrolled it well.

“She was sick for five weeks (before Christmas and during the Christmas break),” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “She’s just really starting to get back in the flow. That’s what she’s capable of.”

The Lady Jays hit 50 percent of their field goals in working out to a 35-34 halftime lead, and they finished with 46 percent accuracy. They allowed the Cavaliers back in the game after leading by 10 late in the third quarter, but they toughened up when they needed to.

Western Tech 16 35 46 67

Lady Jays 15 34 58 73

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WESTERN TECH (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- L.Peterson 1-0-1-4, Bowman 0-1-0-2, Giewitz 5-3-1-22, Skibba 1-2-4-11, Rostad 4-1-1-15, Sherry 0-2-0-4, Schroeder 0-1-0-2, Deloney 1-0-0-3, Quade 0-2-0-4. Totals 12-12-7-67.

LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Murray 0-5-5-15, D.Peterson 0-5-1-11, Post 0-4-5-13, Zebe 0-3-1-7, Huisman 0-7-2-17, Garcia 0-2-1-5, Weeldreyer 0-1-0-2, Lessman 0-0-0-0, Breske 1-0-0-3. Totals 1-27-16-73.

Men

Western Tech 103, Bluejays 79

The Cavaliers led throughout, staking a 5-0 lead at the start then pushing it to 54-38 at the half. They outscored the Bluejays 50-41 in the second half to improve to 6-12.

Western Tech played disciplined basketball, running its offense with precision and opening up set shots that led to 11 of 20 from the 3-point arc in the first half. For the game, the Cavs hit 13 of 33 from 3-point range and 54 percent of their field goals overall.

Minnesota West head coach Brian Stoebner has tried all season long to get his team to play a disciplined game, but it has been a struggle. On Saturday, the Jays’ game looked almost like street ball. There were too many shots that looked unplanned, with players leaping into traffic attempting to score while twisting in mid-air.

“It’s frustrating for me the way we responded today to about everything,” Stoebner said. “We preach about being mentally tough and we’ve got to be mentally tough. It’s going to be hard to compete, whether it’s in high school or these kids in college, it’s going to be hard to compete if you’re not mentally tough.”

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Tyvorus Lawton led West with 18 points. London Campbell scored 16 and Sam Paulson 14. Steve Ndumba and Jacob Dorian had 11 points apiece.

But Western Tech out-rebounded West 46-30 and committed a mere 13 turnovers.

“The first half, I thought we played pretty good offense. We just missed some shots. Second half it was pretty much everybody doing their own thing,” Stoebner said.

And that usually doesn’t work.

“Part of them really knows what they should be doing, but it’s like, ‘I’m so used to doing it this way.’ It’s gotta flip,” said the coach.

Western Tech 54 103

Bluejays 38 79

WESTERN TECH (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Zimmerman 2-2-3-13, Murphy 2-0-1-7, Haim 0-0-1-1, Gallagher 3-0-1-10, Jones 1-9-3-24, Roat 0-1-0-2, Kearney 1-6-0-15, Badertschere 0-1-0-2, Raymer 1-2-3-10, Nickel 0-1-2-4, Victor 3-2-2-15. Totals 13-24-16-103.

BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Lawton 0-7-4-18, Ndumbe 2-1-3-11, Muktar 1-0-0-3, Dorian 2-1-3-11, Paulson 2-4-0-14, Ligon 1-0-3-6, Campbell 2-3-4-16. Totals 10-16-17-79.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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