Carroll women turn back Orediggers

One night after the Montana Tech women’s basketball team made almost everything, they couldn’t buy a bucket.

The result was a 62-52 Frontier Conference loss to Carroll College at the HPER Complex.

“I feel like we got good shots, we just couldn’t make them,” Tech coach Kerie DePell said. “We were doing everything we wanted to do, we just couldn’t hit a shot. Or we’d get bumped a little bit and we didn’t get to call. We’ve got to learn how to finish with contact.”

At 8-2 in conference play, Carroll College took control of the race for second place in the Frontier. That is huge because the top two teams receive a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Orediggers, who fell to 5-4 in conference and 12-9 overall, still control the third-place spot.

“We wanted to compete for second,” DePell said. “Now we’ll try to hold our third spot and at least host a playoff game.”

Torrie Cahill scored 27 points Saturday to lead the Saints, who are 14-6 overall.

“We had a game plan against her, but we didn’t execute it very well,” DePell said. “She’s a very, good player. She scores in many ways.”

Bailey Snelling scored 11 points in the win. Butte High graduate Joey O’Neill chipped in with six points and eight rebounds for the Saints.

Dannii Devenny scored 16 of her team-leading 18 points in the first half. Kelsey DeWit and Brooke Pokorny each scored 14 points for Tech.

Tech also got two points each from Mandy Machinal, Shaye Murphy and Laini Kalumbi.

The Orediggers head to Dickinson State next Saturday to take on the Blue Hawks.

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