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MWest men fall to MState; women show up to be told there's no game

The Minnesota West women's basketball team made the long trip to Fergus Falls Wednesday, only to be told its game with MState was canceled due to a positive Covid test. The Bluejay men played and lost, 62-59.

FERGUS FALLS -- It's a long drive to Fergus Falls from Worthington. It's even longer when, after you get there, you're told that your basketball game has been canceled.

When the Minnesota West women's basketball team reached Fergus Falls on Wednesday, they were first told to wait. "We walked into the facility and they told us to stand over here ..." said Lady Jays head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka.

Players sat in a classroom for 45 minutes to an hour. Then they were told that a positive Covid test was received and their scheduled game with MState was canceled. At first, said Hayenga-Hostikka, they weren't even sure that they'd be allowed to enter the gymnasium to watch the men's game, which was the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Eventually, they were allowed to enter the gymnasium as spectators. But it was a long day for the Lady Jays, who spent about six hours -- from 4 p.m. to 10 -- in Fergus Falls without a game to play.

"Disappointed," was how Hayenga-Hostikka described her players. "You're all pumped, you're there, you're ready to play a game."

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At least one game was played Wednesday night, and in that one the Bluejay men were beaten 62-59. They had a chance to tie at the end and a play was drawn up. But it was poorly executed and the visitors lost by three.

Tyrell Ross-Childs led MState-Fergus Falls scorers with 20 points.

Dallas Williams and Keitric Barber Jr. both scored 12 points for Minnesota West, and Barber had 12 rebounds. Ty'Shawn Bryant added 11 points.

West out-rebounded MState 44-27 and turned the ball over 15 times. But they only converted seven of their 15 free throws and made just 4 of 23 3-point attempts. MState, meanwhile, made 11 of 25 3-pointers and all of their long-range jumpers, said West head coach Taylor Lupton, were open.

Both teams are in action Saturday at Rochester, for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. starts.

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