LEWISTON - A close fought battle Friday night in the LCSC Activity Center ultimately went the way of the 17th ranked Carroll College as the Fighting Saints drained the go-ahead 3-pointer towards the end to defeat the number 21 Lewis-Clark State Women’s Basketball team. Despite struggling throughout, Lewis-Clark State kept the game close for all 40 minutes before falling 54-51.
“First of all, give Carroll a lot of credit,” coach Brian Orr said. “They came out and really looked like they were playing with a chip on their shoulder. They really took us out of almost everything. We didn’t get any player movement, didn’t get any ball movement. The ball didn’t go inside hardly at all in the first half. The were just monsters on the boards.”
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first 10 minutes. Jamie Nielson tied things up 13-13 in the final minute for the Warriors, but a buzzer-beating 3 by Carroll had them at a 16-13 advantage after the first frame.
Carroll then opened the second quarter with a run to stretch its lead to nine points (24-15) by 6:05 and headed into the locker room ahead by seven (31-24).
Lewis-Clark State fought back to take its first lead since the first quarter on a 3-pointer from Hannah Burland at 3:36 left in the fourth quarter. Foul shots by Jansen Edmiston and Peyton Souvenir kept the advantage at a few points, but a pair of late 3s by the Saints sunk the Warriors by a final score of 54-51.
“We played a lot better in the second half,” Orr said. “The first half we let people get wide open and easy transitions. We weren’t rotating quick enough with our defense. The second half we did a much better job. We got some stops. We just weren’t ready to play in the first half.”
Kiara Burlage and Edmiston led the Warriors with 13 points each, and Burlage added six boards.
Christine Denny led the Saints and the game with 20 points. Taylor Salonen dropped 10 points while Denny, Danielle Wagner and Emerald Toth each grabbed six rebounds.
LCSC will now play host to Montana Tech on Saturday at 5:30 P.M. in the LCSC Activity Center.