The MCC women dropped a 74-73 decision at Trinidad Junior College in the opening game of a Region IX South Division road trip to Colorado last weekend.
The Lady Indians bounced back to run past Otero Junior College, 81-70, at LaJunta, Colo. Saturday, Dec. 8.
MCC interim head coach Kylee Rinehart said her team couldn't buy a break at the end of the Trinidad loss Friday.
"The last minute was the most detrimental minute for us," Rinehart said. "It's a minute that I've recapped about 60 times. I just can't believe it."
Shelby Hemmann led the Lady Indians with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Akia Davis added 15 points, and Mikaila Newton chipped in 12. Amir Davis also had 7 assists and 9 points.
COACH RINEHART said her team started Saturday's game on fire.
"The first six minutes, it was just like vengeance was coming out from the night before. They went out to prove a point," Rinehart said.
MCC bolted to a 14-3 lead in the opening minutes, forcing Otero to call a timeout. McCook increased the lead, and Rinehart said she substituted freely and all the MCC players contributed.
McCook led 44-26 at halftime before Otero tried to rally in the second half.
Newton scored 20 points and Lewis 16 to pace the Lady Indians. Shelby Hemmann added 14 and Akia Davis 10.