NCMC Teams Have Opposite Fortunes
The North Central Missouri College basketball teams were in action over the weekend. The Lady Pirates were at home twice, hosting Barton County Community College on Friday and Marshalltown Community College on Saturday. The Lady Pirates were unable to win either game, falling 85-67 to Barton and 87-65 to Marshalltown. The North Central men, however, pulled out a close 95-92 victory over the Graceland University junior varsity on the road in Lamoni, IA on Friday.
The Lady Pirates trailed just 36-30 at halftime against Barton. In the second half, however, things slipped away from the Lady Pirates as Barton outscored them 49-37 to get the win.
“We played well in the first half,” Lady Pirates’ Head Coach Jenni Croy said. “We just couldn’t hang on in the second half.”
Kayla Oetterer led NCMC with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Samone Redditt added 14 points. Nancy Berwanger added 12 points and three assists off the bench and Sydnee Rounkles and Lexi Hope both had nine points.
On Saturday, NCMC fell behind early and couldn’t battle back. An injury to Oetterer, serious enough to take her out of the game, didn’t help things. The visitors took full advantage, pulling away to win by 22 points.
“Kayla was injured in the first half, so we were without our post player,” Croy said. “Marshalltown shot the ball well and jumped out to an early lead and we just didn’t have an answer.”
Megan O’Dell led NCMC with 15 points and Redditt added 12. Brooke Parton chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Pirates.
With the two-game sweep, the Lady Pirates fell to 4-7 overall on the season. The Lady Pirates will be back in action on Friday, taking on Miami-Dade Community College in Miami, FL.
The North Central men won in thrilling fashion, rallying down the stretch to top Graceland by three points.
NCMC jumped out to a halftime lead, but Graceland came back to take an eight point lead with two minutes left in the game. NCMC began chipping away and had the deficit cut to five with one minute left. The Pirates continued to frantically carve away at the Graceland lead and North Central pulled ahead in the waning seconds, winning by the three-point margin.
“This was good for the kids to win a close game like this in the manner that we did,” Pirates’ Head Coach Steve Richman said. “It was nice to win a game in the way that we have been losing games here lately. I think it is a sign that we are growing up as a team and taking that next step that we need to take.”
North Central was led by Xavier Newson, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jory Woodson added 22 points and was 16-of-17 from the free throw line. Tyrell Thirkield added 17 points and six steals and Tyler Peterson finished with 14 points.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 5-6 on the year. The North Central men will travel to Fulton to take on Westminster College on Wednesday.
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