Fast start fuels McCook women's win

Monday, January 9, 2017
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette Freshman A'leah Davis soars over an Eastern Wyoming defender while helping the McCook Community College women win their first basketball game of 2017 at the Peter & Dolores Graff Event Center.

McCook - In their first game since December 10, McCook Community College Lady Indians used a 26-point first quarter to propel them past Eastern Wyoming 77-63 in Region IX action Friday night.

The win puts the Lady Indians at 9-6 on the year and 2-1 in Region IX play.

MCC was able to continue its hot start through the second quarter, as MCC shot 47% from the floor, connected on 3 three point field goals.

In the middle two quarters of play, EWC was able to stay even with MCC, but the Lady Indians were able to maintain their lead throughout.

MCC never trailed in this contest, as EWC was able to cut the deficit to 5 points in the second half.

The first and fourth quarters were a big factor in this contest, as MCC scored 26 points in the first quarter, and 22 points in the fourth quarter.

MCC was able to mix defenses in this contest, playing man to man as well as a 2-3 zone.

Both defenses held EWC to 30 percent shooting for the game, and 19 percent shooting from the three point line. MCC was able to force 17 EWC turnovers as well.

Kaylea Watson led the offensive attack for MCC with 30 points, connecting on 4 three point field goals, the last of which sealed the game for the Lady Indians, and shooting 10/13 from the floor. Erica Peet (15), and A'leah Davis (11) were the other MCC Lady Indians in double digits. Peet shot 7/10 from the field, and Davis led MCC in assists with 4. Watson led MCC in rebounding with 6.

"This was a great week for us, as we were able to come back from break with great energy and the players wanted to come back and get back to where we left off." coach Kellen Fernetti said. "This was a tremendous team win, as everyone contributed on both offense and defense. I thought I team defense was pretty solid, and if we can continue to get better at rebounding, we can take another step. We also understand that we have a lot to improve on, and the focus is on us and what we need to do each and every day,"

MCC will be off until Saturda, when the Indians will take on Laramie County Community College in a Region IX contest. Game time will be at 2 p.m. at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center on the campus of McCook.

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