Lady Bison drop pair of home games to Lady Bulldogs
PABLO — The new-look Salish Kootenai College Lady Bison struggled to find their offensive touch in a pair of losses to the University of Montana-Western Junior Varsity Lady Bulldogs over the weekend.
Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center Friday night, the Lady Bison only scored 11 first-half points in a 64-34 loss. On Saturday, the Lady Bison dropped their fourth game in a row with a 68-47 loss.
“The girls are still working on figuring out their roles offensively. We’re still waiting for someone to step up and want the ball and want to score,” said Lady Bison coach Juan Perez, after watching his team only shoot 32 percent from the field Saturday.
With only three players who spent any time on the court last year playing over the weekend and a long time until they have to defend their AIHEC championship, Perez isn’t too worried.
“We still have five months before AIHEC. By the time AIHEC comes around we’ll be looking good,” Perez said.
One Lady Bison that is starting to figure out her role and want the ball is guard Leandra Thomas. After being held off the score sheet in Friday’s loss, the guard from Fort Belknap went off for 22 points Saturday, with 18 of them coming in the second half off of 7 for 13 shooting.
Lady Bison guard Charla Brown, one of the three returning SKC players on the court, added eight, with all eight coming in the second half. Tamberly Wagner finished with six.
Leading 6-5 early on, the Lady Bison went nearly five minutes before their next basket and with a half full of one and two-minute scoring drought they never could recover and went into the break trailing 33-19.
Though their offense, sparked by Thomas’ 18 points, looked better in the second half they never could cut the Lady Dawgs’ lead to single digits. The Lady Bison helped the Lady Dawgs by sending them to the line 22 times in the second half, where they connected on 13 shots.
In the 64-34 loss Friday, the Lady Bison only made three of their 22 shots (14 percent) in the first half and went into the break trailing 40-11.
The Lady Bison connected on seven of their 20 shots in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Brown led the Lady Bison with 10 points. Genevieve Cochran and Priscilla Raven each added six.
The Lady Bison (3-6) will be on the road this weekend. They play Sheridan College Friday and Eastern Wyoming College Saturday. Both games will be in Sheriday, Wyo.
UM-W 64, SKC Lady Bison 34
SKC - Charla Brown 10, Gina Medicine Horse 2, Miranda Joe 4, Genevieve Cochran 6, Eva Medicine Horse 3, Priscilla Raven 6, Kyani Murphy 3.
UM-W 68, SKC Lady Bison 47
SKC - Charla Brown 8, Miranda Joe 2, Kyani Murphy 2, Genevieve Cochran 3, Tamberly Wagner 6, Leandra Thomas 22, Priscilla Raven 4.