Lady Jays in a good spot deep into regular season
WORTHINGTON -- Nothing is ever certain in the Southern Division of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, but with the regular season near the end, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Lady Jays know they’ll have a future during playoff time.
The Jays, who host Ridgewater today before closing out the regular season campaign at Rochester on Saturday, have already qualified for the post-season playoffs. Depending on what happens in their next two games, they’ll either finish first or second in the division.
It hasn’t been easy for Coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka’s team, at least not lately. Last Wednesday they were upset 87-68 on the road by MState-Fergus Falls, and last weekend they barely squeaked by Western Tech, 77-76.
Hostikka-Hayenga said she was disappointed with the MState result, but she tried to take it in stride.
“I think when you go up and down the Southern Division, we’re just beating each other up. Even those teams that don’t have great records are good teams,” she said.
The Lady Jays will enter playoff competition Feb. 26 and 27. They currently own a 10-2 division record. Rochester is on top at 11-1.
“It still comes down to, if we win our last two games we’ll win the division,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “And we’ve secured second place in the division.”
The MW women take on Ridgewater (1-11 in division play) at 5:30 today. The men's game follows at 7:30 p.m.
As the women nipped Western Tech on Saturday, the men lost to Tech 106-91 but battled hard with just six players.
Lady Jays 77, Western Tech 76
In a fourth quarter that was back-and-forth all the way, West used a free throw to take a 1-point lead with 19 seconds remaining. The Cavaliers later struggled with their next possession and called a time-out with 0.2 seconds showing on the clock, but the referees changed the time to 1.8 seconds. Even so, the Cavs were never able to get a good shot off.
Tia Murray scored 22 points for West. Madisyn Huisman had 18. Emily Breske scored 13 points with nine rebounds. And Mackensie Post had six assists.
Western Tech lost despite meshing 15 3-point shots. Minnesota West had one.
Lady Jays 13 39 61 77
Western Tech 19 40 59 76
Western Tech 106, Bluejays 91
Though the Bluejays weren't able to win the game, head coach Brian Stoebner said he was proud of his team. He was only able to bring six players on the road trip, and they fought hard all the way.
Trailing 60-38 at halftime, the Jays had a chance to get the deficit within 10 points in the second half.
London Campbell scored 28 points with 12 rebounds and nine assists for West. Jacob Dorian scored 26 points. Brody Sohn had 15 and Sam Paulson had 13.
Minnesota West converted 16 of 39 3-point shots in the game. Tech made 11 threes.
Bluejays 38 91
Western Tech 60 106