MCC teams swept on road by Williston


The Miles Community College basketball teams wrapped up their non-conference schedule on Saturday night, traveling to Williston, N.D., for a double-header against Williston State.

Williston State swept the double-header, winning the men’s game 89-68 and the women’s game 68-58.

Both MCC teams are now 13-13 overall on the season. The Pioneers remain at 6-6 in the Region IX North Sub-Region and the Lady Pioneers are 4-8. The teams are headed to Rock Springs, Wyo., for a Region IX game against Western Wyoming. They will return home on Saturday for a double-header against Little Big Horn. The women’s game starts at 3 p.m., followed by the men at 5 p.m.

In the men’s game last night, the Pioneers fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to the Tetons, who are ranked 25th in the nation this week.

“They’re good and played well,” Pioneers Head Coach Chase Tait said. “They shot the ball phenomenally in the first five minutes and built a lead. They’re a team that’s tough to come back on because they’re so explosive.”

The Pioneers led early 6-5, but the Tetons took control of the game, thanks in large part to a 12-2 run midway through the first half.

Williston (23-4) led by as many as 17 in the first half and took a 51-36 lead into halftime.

The Pioneers got as close as 13 in the second half, but Williston steadily pulled away for the win.

Williston drilled 11 three-pointers in the game and was 12-15 from the line. They also out-rebounded the Pioneers 50-34.

MCC was led by Teslim Idris with 25 points and Jonathan Dogbo with 16. Emmanuel Olufemi grabbed 11 rebounds.

“I actually thought we played well,” Tait said. “We competed and had some really good moments. But the way they hit us to start, it was too hard to come back from. We switched some lineups in the second half, so we were a little confused offensively. We did some good things and competed, they’re just really good and really good at home.”

In the women’s game, the Lady Pioneers hung with the Lady Tetons through the first half but ran out of gas in the second.

After Williston led by as many as seven early in the contest, the Lady Pioneers went on a 10-0 run that gave them a 14-11 lead. From there, the lead changed hands eight times in the first half. Williston led 32-27 at halftime.

The Lady Pioneers cut the lead to three early in the second half, but a 14-2 run by the Lady Tetons essentially sealed the victory.

MCC was without second-leading scorer Tess Blaquiere for the fourth straight game, leaving the Lady Pioneers with just eight players.

Petra Lumpert led MCC with 15 points. Ashley Malmquist had 14 and Shelby Weeks contributed 13 points. Jaycin Tini had seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Williston 89, Pioneers 68

Miles 36 32 - 68

Williston 51 38 - 89

Pioneers (13-13, 6-6)- Teslim Idris 25, Jonathan Dogbo 16, Emmanuel Olufemi 5, Tyree King 4, Ryan McCarty 2, Conner Smyle 8, Greg Spencer 5, LaSalle Massey 3.

Williston (23-4)- Houston Lavachek 10, Trey Dickerson 17, Tahjee Williams 10, Tre Burnette 23, Jonathan Wilson 6, Jordan Nanton 6, Kyle Gerding 3, Ayob Ayob 14.

Williston 68, Lady Pioneers 58

Miles 27 31 - 58

Williston 32 36 - 68

Lady Pioneers (13-13, 4-8)- Jaycin Tini 7, Ashley Malmquist 14, Shelby Weeks 13, Petra Lumpert 15, Ashley Hildreth 4, Lindsey Warner 5.

Williston (16-9)- Dani Hudson 9, Jaylen Newman 18, Emma Keller 8, McKayla Haugeberg 21, Kendra Heir 12.