MCC women 5-9 at break
The McCook Community College women's basketball team finished the first semester with a 5-9 record.
MCC ended the first half of their season with a victory over Nebraska Wesleyan JV's.
"I was pleased with how strong the team finished the semester. Each player and the team overall improved in different areas and I look forward to seeing them improve even more second semester," said MCC Coach Michelle Orton.
Here is a review of the games played between Nov. 18 and Dec. 9:
Nov. 18, LaJunta, Colo. --
Western Oklahoma State 68, MCC 60
MCC battled in a tight game that went back and forth for most of the night.
The Indians could not hold on to their lead in the closing minutes. The difference in the game was at the free throw line.
Western Okalahoma connected on 18 of 20 attempts while MCC mustered nine makes in 15 tries.
MCC shot 38.5 percent from the field and connected on seven of 19 from three-point range.
Western Oklahoma was held to 34.8 percent shooting from the field by the Indians.
MCC won the rebounding margin 48-36. McCook CC lost the turnover battle committing 14 to Western Oklahoma's five.
MCC was led in scoring by Kamillia Brown's 16 points and five rebounds. Sam Stuart pumped in 12 points for her team.
Trice Perryman finished a strong night with 10 points, a team high seven rebounds, and two steals. Trina Perryman chipped in seven points.
Staci Moore and Amanda Terpstra each pulled down six rebounds.
MCC 91, Denver Force 84
In the second day of the OJC Classic, MCC was faced up against Denver Force, an all-star team made up of former Otero Junior College players.
MCC used late rally in the last 10 minutes to pull off a 91-84 victory. Denver Force led at halftime 50-42.
MCC shot 41.4 percent for the game from the field, 38.1 percent from the 3-point line, and made 19 of 27 from the charity strip. Rebound would be a big factor in this
game as the Indians collected 56 -- 27 being offensive boards in contrast to 34 total rebounds for the all-stars.
The difference in the game was second-chance points as MCC scored 26 points off of offensive rebounds compared to Denver Force's three points.
Moore led MCC in scoring hitting for 24 points on six of 10 shooting from behind the arc.
Stuart pounded in 20 points while going eight of 10 from the free throw line and grabbing eight boards.
Brown drilled in 18 points, picked up seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and had four steals for her team.
Trina Perryman swished in 13 points and snared eight rebounds.
Trice Perryman contributed eight points while teammate Terpstra finished with six points and seven rebounds.
Community College Classic
McCook CC traveled to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to play in the WNCC Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 24-26.
MCC would receive a win on the first night due to Southeastern Iowa CC forfeiting their games.
Game 2 Northeast Wyoming 54, MCC 51
MCC took on last year's North Sub-Region IX champions, Northwest Wyoming in Day Two of the WNCC Classic.
This was a game that went back and forth with each team answering time and time again. With 9.4 seconds remaining the Trappers were at the free throw line leading by three points. Following a miss on the first shot of a one and one opportunity at the charity strip, MCC's Moore drove the entire length of the court and found teammate Brown in the corner for the game-tying 3-point bucket with only 0.7 seconds remaining in the game.
The Trappers tossed a ball down to the other end of the court and 6-1 Natalie Shaw dribbled once and tossed up a 30-foot shot that found nothing but net to give the Trappers a 54-51 win.
Northwest Wyoming outrebounded MCC 48-28.
McCook CC shot 35 percent from the field compared to 47.5 percent for the Trappers. MCC stayed in the game by forcing 29 turnovers and making 11 of 14 from the free throw line.
Brown delivered 21 points to lead the Indians.
Erin Nealey and Terpstra pumped in nine and seven points respectively and each grabbed five boards. Trice Perryman and Amber Morris contributed six and four points while pulling down five rebounds each for MCC.
Western Nebraska 87
In the last day of the WNCC Classic the Indians took on Western Nebraska, currently ranked sixth in the Nation, and defeated MCC 87-42.
The Cougars shot 55 percent from the field while the Indians were held to 37.5 percent.
MCC won the rebounding battle by two. WNCC used a strong press the last 10 minutes of the first half to increase their lead to 47-24 at halftime.
Nealey swished through 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and took three steals to lead MCC in those three categories.
Jessica Secrest finished a strong night with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Nov. 29 contest against Hastings JV was canceled due to blizzard conditions.
A make-up date for this game has yet to be scheduled yet.
Dec. 2-3 NJC Classic
Game 1 --
Hastings JV 68, MCC 55
The Indians traveled to Sterling, Colo. to play in the NJC Classic. On the first day of competition MCC faced Hastings JV.
MCC got off to a slow start as the Broncos took a 20-2 lead in the first nine minutes of the game and held onto a 37-20 halftime advantage.
MCC battled back and out-scored Hastings JV in the second half 35-31, but could never get the game any closer then a 10-point deficit.
Hastings JV ended up giving the Indians a 68-55 loss.
Moore pumped in 19 points to lead MCC with four buckets coming via the 3-point variety. Brown tossed in 11 points.
Terpstra pounded in eight points and collected four rebounds. Stuart snared eight rebounds to lead MCC.
Nealey produced six points and five rebounds for her team.
McCook CC shot 43 percent from the field for the game, grabbed 36 rebounds, and turned it over 17 times.
Game 2 --
Iowa Western CC 72,
Iowa Western CC was up next for MCC on December 3rd, 2005.
The Reivers came into the game were ranked 8th in the nation behind the 29-point average of University of Missouri transfer Crystal Howard.
The Indians did not back down from this challenge as they pulled away late in the first half of a tight game to own a 32-28 advantage.
MCC used a box and one defense on Howard throwing defensive specialist's Trice Perryman and Amber Morris to guard her all night.
This strategy worked as the tandem worked to hold the star player to seven points.
In the second half the Indians pushed their lead to 10 points with six minutes to play in the contest.
However, Howard and her teammates turned up the pressure and caused three turnovers and converted six points in a one minute stretch to cut the lead to four points.
With two minutes remaining, MCC still led by five points.
This is when Aneta Bruzgul connected on a 3-pointer for the Reivers -- their first and only 3-pointer of the game.
The Reivers took take the lead in the last minute and hold onto a 72-70 win as a last second 3-point shot by Brown rimmed out.
MCC shot 46 percent from 2-point range and 25 percent from the three.
The difference in the game was the Indians shooting 10 of 18 from the free throw line in the second half compared to their six of seven performance in the first half.
McCook CC snared 45 rebounds.
Brown drilled in 23 points. Terpstra swished through eight points and picked up a team high nine rebounds.
Moore tossed in seven points and seven rebounds. Stuart hit for seven points.
Trice Perryman produced six points, six boards, and three assists.
Trina Perryman, Morris, Secrest finished with six, four, and four points respectively.
After the first weekend in December the Indians record stood at 4-7.
Dec. 6 -- Northeastern
MCC traveled to Sterling, Colo., to take on Northeastern Colorado Plainswomen in a Region IX South Sub-Regional game.
These games were very important because the team with the best South Sub-Region record will host this season's Region IX tournament.
MCC jumped out early and hold onto a 36-33 lead at halftime behind 22 points from Brown in the first half.
MCC did not fade as the second half started as they put a scare into the home team by taking an eight point lead with 14 minutes to go in the game.
The Plainswomen responded and made a run of their own cutting the lead to a single point.
However, the Indians responded and built their lead back up to five points with just eight minutes left in this first of two match-ups this season.
The Plainswomen inserted 6-2 Daria Basova more into the game plan and started to attack the smaller opponents from the paint.
Basova proved to be the difference in the second half as she scored 23 of her 25 points in the second stanza.
MCC was paced by Brown's 35 points on 11 of 20 shooting from 2-point range and hitting four of seven from behind the arc.
Trice Perryman knocked in nine points and dished out four assists.
Nealey and Moore each swished through eight points and dished out three assists with Nealey grabbing six rebounds.
Terpstra hit on six points and pulled down a team high seven rebounds. Morris snared six rebounds for her team.
MCC shot 45 percent from the field and hit three of four free throws.
The Plainswomen shot 62 percent from the field, hit 15 of 25 free throws, and outrebounded MCC by one.
Dec. 8 -- Hastings JV 65, MCC 49
MCC returned home for the first time in 30 days to host Hastings JV.
These two team just played six days earlier with Hastings JV coming out the victor.
MCC got out to a better start this time around against Hastings JV.
However the Broncos used a 7-1 run in the last two minutes to take a 30-23 lead into Halftime.
MCC could never get within five points of the Broncos in the second half.
McCook CC shot 22 percent from the 2-point range and 46 percent from downtown.
Hastings JV won the rebounding margin by four and committed one less turnover.
MCC was led in scoring by Brown who netted 20 points. Moore swished in 15 points. Terpstra snatched nine rebounds to pace MCC.
Dec. 9 -- MCC 71,
Wesleyan JV 67
MCC traveled to Lincoln to take on Nebraska Wesleyan JV Prairie Wolves.
MCC started out strong owning a nine point advantage with five minutes remaining in the first half.
NWU JV when went on a run to finish the half leading 31-27.
Right from the start of the second half the Indians attacked the Prairie Wolves inside with penetration from guards Brown and Moore.
MCC re-took the lead and never looked back as they came out of Lincoln with a 71-67 victory.
Brown paced MCC again with a strong second-half performance scoring 26 of her 29 points during the final half.
Brown had to sit most of the first half due to foul trouble and only played 19 minutes in the game.
Moore pumped in 20 points with 13 coming in the first half.
Moore also dished out a team-high five assists and grabbed four rebounds.
Nealey netted 10 points and snatched five rebounds.
Morris finished off a good night with five points, two assists, and a team high 10 rebounds.
Trice Perryman snared seven rebounds for MCC.
MCC shot 40 percent from the field, and pulled down 45 rebounds, 18 being offensive.
MCC finished the first semester with a victory and upped their season record to 5-9 and 0-1 in South Sub-Region play.
McCook CC will open up the second semester with a home game against South Sub-Region foe Northeastern JC on Jan. 10 at 5 p.m.
MCC women's stats
through Dec. 13: