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McCook Community College Women Basketball Shelby Clark nabs one of her game-high 10 rebounds and moves the ball on an MCC fast-break.

MCC Women roll to 86-43 win over Hastings College JVs


McCook Community College Women Basketball Shelby Clark nabs one of her game-high 10 rebounds and moves the ball on an MCC fast-break.

The McCook Community College women scored the first 13 points of the game Tuesday and coasted to an 86-43 win over the Hastings College JVs in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“This was a game we definitely needed to come out and set a tone and I think we did those things,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “I think we were able to build some confidence with shooting tonight and shot the ball a lot better than we have the last several games.”

MCC finished the game shooting 51.5 percent, having come into the game shooting 39.7 percent for the season. The women made seven of 16 3-pointers (43.8 percent) and 11 of 12 free throws (91.7 percent.)

MCC had five players in double figures and all nine players who suited up scored at least four points.

Sophomore Vanessa Jurewicz (Stockholm, Sweden) led the way with 17 points including a four-for-six night from the 3-point line along with a game high five steals. Freshman Patricia Ramirez (Concepción, Chilie) scored 14 points in her first start of the season. She was five-for-eight from the field making her only 3-pointer.

Sophomores Alyssa Van Vleet (Oberlin, Kan.) and Maite Lara Garcia (Sant Joan Despi, Spain) both scored 13 points. Van Vleet had seven rebounds, Garcia was five of seven from the field and three-for-three from the line. Sonia Sato (sophomore El Paso, Texas) scored 10 points and had five boards.

“Hopefully that can help us build momentum for this weekend. We got some players off the bench to get some time in and get some experience because we’re going to need them as we move forward in this region for us to be successful,” Pritchett said.

Sophomore Shelby Clark (Las Vegas, Nevada) led MCC with 10 rebounds and scored four points with four steals. Yzabelle Tevao (Auckland, New Zealand) scored six points with six boards. Freshman Itziar Aransay Badia (El Prat de Llobregat, Spain) scored five points and Sophomore Hanna Appelgren (Stockholm, Sweden) four.

“We were able to rest Carla (Torrubia Cano) who was still dealing with a lot of pain in her shins but everything is getting better and hopefully we’ll have her ready Friday as healthy as we can,” Pritchett said. MCC’s Shelby Clark went out of the game late in Tuesday’s game with severe cramps, but is expected to return for the weekend.

The Broncos shot 27.7 percent from the field made three of 23 3-pointers and went four-for-seven from the line. MCC out-rebounded Hastings 49-32. MCC committed 23 turnovers, Hastings 25.

“We have to fix some things, we’ve just been turning the ball over way too many times. But I thought we did some things tonight and did enough of what we needed to to win so now we prepare for a big Otero-Trinidad trip,” Pritchett said.

MCC improves to 10-8 and will play Otero Friday at La Junta, Colo in a 6 p.m. (CT game) followed on Saturday with a 3 p.m. (CT) game at Trinidad State. MCC lost back-to-back Region IX South road games this past weekend at Scottsbluff and Sterling, Colo.

“This will be crucial for us to getting some road wins within the region so if we want to be in the top two seeding-wise for the tournament, we have to win on the road and this past weekend wasn’t a sign of that and hopefully we have a better outing this weekend.”

For more photos from tonight’s game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook


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