Minnesota West women win, men lose in Fergus Falls
FERGUS FALLS -- Carter Drent scored 19 points to lead the Minnesota West Community and Technical College men’s basketball team Wednesday night, but the Bluejays were unable to withstand a deeper and more accurate MState-Fergus Falls squad.
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Minnesota West Lady Jays continued their winning ways with a solid victory against MState.
The Lady Jays host Western Tech Saturday (Feb. 11) at 1 p.m.
MState 96, Bluejays 63
Sometimes a team, in the midst of a rough stretch, gets a big boost from a new source. Drent, a 6-6 freshman who played for Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda last year, played sparingly for the Jays for much of the season. But on Wednesday Drent led his team, which has been struggling with a thin roster, with 19 points while hitting eight of his 14 field goal attempts. He also pulled down eight rebounds.
Poor team shooting, however, hurt the Jays, who made good on only 23.5 percent of their field goals compared to MState-Fergus Falls’ 48.2 percent.
Steve Ndumbe and Sam Daho scored 16 points, and 10 points, respectively, for the Bluejays, who converted eight of 34 3-point shots.
Foday Sheriff had 19 points for Fergus Falls, which out-rebounded Minnesota West 53-39.
The setback dropped West to 5-19 on the season.
Bluejays 31 63
MState-Fergus Falls 48 96
Lady Jays 79, MState 55
Moving to 24-2 with the triumph, the nationally-ranked Lady Jays achieved balance while hitting 45 percent of their field goals and maintaining a 49-38 rebounding advantage.
Olivia Hayenga scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds. Madisyn Huisman scored 17 points and Dannyn Peterson had 16. Dasia Potter scored 17 points while draining five of 10 3-point shots. Tia Murray had 14 rebounds to go along with her seven points. And Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor had six steals.
Lindsey Kurz and Emily Dehler scored 19 points apiece for MState, which fell to 10-14.
Lady Jays 17 36 52 79
MState-Fergus Falls 11 23 28 55