Devenny jumper lifts Orediggers to win

Montana Tech got the shot it wanted and Dannii Devenny converted it as the Orediggers nipped Lewis-Clark State 68-66 Saturday in a Frontier Conference college women’s basketball game at the Montana Tech HPER Complex.

The formula that head coach Kerie DePell drew up might have seemed unlikely, or at least a bit to ask for, but the responses lined out positively for Montana Tech. Backup players put forth career efforts, the team played hard as a whole to overcome some mistakes linked to inexperience and Devenny nailed the 15-footer at the end.

The Orediggers were again without injured starters Kelsey DeWit and Lisa Laslovich as they bounced back from a Friday night 56-47 loss to Montana State-Northern.

Montana Tech guard Mandy Machinal dribbled out most of the game’s final 31 seconds in the forecourt with the score tied at 66. As the clock squeezed under 10 seconds, Machinal handed the dribble off to Laini Kalumbi, who then dished to Devenny, who popped out from the key to take advantage of the sudden screen created during the handoff. She netted the jump shot with 5 seconds showing.

The Warriors raced down the court and Annie Kane attempted a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It missed and the carom bounded out of bounce, preventing any more shots from being taken.

“(Lewis-Clark State head coach Brian Orr) had been doing a good job of mixing up their defenses all night,” DePell said about setting up the winning shot. “So, we set up one play for man defense and another for zone. When we saw them in zone, it was Dannii’s shot.“

With DeWit and Laslovich missing from the lineup, the Orediggers needed more contribution from the rest of their roster. The subs responded well. Usual backups Brynne Kambich and Erika Jenkins played particularly well. Kambich, a freshman out of Butte Central,  scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jenkins scored 11 points and snared 11 rebounds. The Orediggers out-rebounded the much taller Warriors, 40-28.

Kambich’s personal seven-point run took her team from a 56-47 deficit to within 56-54 of the lead with 6 minutes, 56 droned left in the game. The 66-all tie was forged at the 31-second mark on two Tanis Fuller free throws after Devenny’s two foul shots 16 seconds earlier had given Montana Tech the edge.

“I felt like it was (her best game),” Kambich said. “I really did. I took the ball and felt like I had the hot hand and felt really confident. I was going to go until they stopped me.”

“It was a fun game.”

It was back-and-forth a lot. The game saw nine ties and 11 lead changes.

The Orediggers fought back in the first half to hold a 33-30 lead at halftime on a Machinal 3-point basket 33 seconds before intermission. Then Devenny and Shaye Murphy hit back-to-back baskets and Montana Tech owned a 37-30 spread, the largest of the game up to that point, a minute into the second half.

Lewis-Clark State responded. Kane and Fuller powered a surge that took the visiting team to a 43-40 advantage with 15 minutes still to play.

The Warrior lead reached a game-high nine points, 56-47, before Kambich went off on her personal tear.

“I’m glad this team won that game  because they deserved to win,” DePell said. “Everybody stepped up for us – including ones who hadn’t played that much this year.”

“The Warriors are very well-coached and we tried to adjust to what they did. Our girls played hard enough to overcome any mistakes we did make.”

Lewis-Clark State is very young. Orr, who formerly coached in Montana positions — high school head coach at Lewistown, and assistant college coach at Montana State-Billings and Montana State — before his current 12-year run in charge of the L-C State program, sported a roster that included just one senior, Kane, and one junior, 6-foot-2 Argentine Omela Bacchini. The others are all sophomores and freshmen. Their record is 6-19 overall, including 3-8 in conference, after several years of being a national contender.  Experience will likely return them to the national scene in the near future.

The Warriors’ offense was balanced. Bacchini led with 17 points, Loree Hill went 4-for-4 from 3-point range on the way to 16 points, Fuller finished with 14 points, and Kane ended with 12.

Devenny led the Orediggers (14-10, 7-5) with 17 points, Machinal matched Kambich with 16 and Jenkins had 11. Murphy finished with six points and Kalumbi with two. Brooke Pokorny also played  and gave out two assists.

Kambich’s night also included five assists and a rare 3-pointer. The trey capped her personal seven-point run.

“She’s a great shooter in practice,” DePell said, “even though I sometimes have to make her run in practice for not taking shots.”

“I never was a 3-point shooter until college,” Kambich, a true freshman said. “But now I’m playing a three (small forward) or four (shooting guard)  and I have to be effective at both positions, so I’ve been shooting 3-pointers.”

Her defense was also effective Saturday, her coach said. Kambich, though, happily offered up shares of attention to the team.

“I’m just proud of our team and how we played tonight after (Friday night),” she said. “I’m proud of my teammates for being able to play like we showcased tonight.”

Tech-LC stats

VISITOR: Lewis-Clark State College ( )
                          TOT-FG  3-PT           REBOUNDS  
NO PLAYER P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BK S MIN  4 Barnes, Shelby       G  1   6  0   2  0   0   1   3   4  0  2  1  2  0  1  22:24
 5 Bacchini, Ornela     P  6  11  0   0  5   8   0   2   2  2 17  0  1  1  3  26:45
10 Kane, Annie          *  6  14  1   4  0   0   0   0   0  0 13  1  2  0  2  34:44
20 Hill, Loree          *  6   6  4   4  0   0   0   3   3  4 16  0  1  3  3  33:45
24 Fuller, Tani         *  6  11  0   0  2   4   3   8  11  1 14  4  5  0  3  34:30
11 Byerly, Hannah          0   2  0   0  0   0   0   3   3  2  0  0  2  0  0   6:15
23 Rice, Kelli             1   1  1   1  1   2   0   1   1  2  4  2  0  0  0  20:09
31 Plourd, Laurenna        0   0  0   0  0   0   1   0   1  0  0  0  1  0  0   4:53
42 Heaslet, McKenzie       0   1  0   0  0   0   1   1   2  2  0  0  0  1  1  13:52
TEAM REBOUNDS 0 1 1 1 Team Totals               26  52  6  11  8  14   6  22  28 13 66  8 15  5 13    197
Total FG%  - 1st: 12/25  0.480  2nd:  14/27 0.519  Game:  0.500         Deadball
3-PT FG%   - 1st:  4/6   0.667  2nd:   2/5  0.400  Game:  0.545         Rebounds
Total FT%  - 1st:  2/4   0.500  2nd:  6/10  0.600  Game:  0.571           (2,0) 
HOME: Montana Tech of the Univ ( )
                          TOT-FG  3-PT           REBOUNDS  
NO PLAYER P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP A TO BK S MIN 14 Devenny, Dannielle   F  6  10  2   2  3   4   2   4   6  0 17  3  1  1  4  36:56
20 Kambich, Brynne      F  7  12  1   1  1   2   4   3   7  1 16  5  4  0  0  40:00
24 Murphy, Shaye        F  3   4  0   0  0   0   1   4   5  4  6  0  4  0  1  14:24
44 Jenkins, Erika       F  4  14  2   5  1   2   5   6  11  4 11  1  2  1  0  36:22
30 Pokorny, Brooke      G  0   5  0   2  0   0   0   1   1  0  0  2  2  0  1  22:15
23 DeWit, Kelsey           0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0:00
32 Machinal, Mandy         5  13  4  10  2   2   2   3   5  1 16  4  3  0  0  29:14
33 Kalumbi, Laini          1   4  0   0  0   0   0   1   1  2  2  0  1  0  0  20:49
TEAM REBOUNDS 2 2 4 0 Team Totals               26  62  9  20  7  10  16  24  40 12 68 15 17  2  6    200
Total FG%  - 1st: 12/28  0.429  2nd:  14/34 0.412  Game:  0.419         Deadball
3-PT FG%   - 1st:  6/10  0.600  2nd:  3/10  0.300  Game:  0.450         Rebounds
Total FT%  - 1st:  3/4   0.750  2nd:   4/6  0.667  Game:  0.700           (1,0) 
Technical Fouls: LCSC (0)  
               : MTUM (0)  
OFFICIALS      :          
ATTENDANCE     : 0
SCORE BY PERIODS              1st    2nd   TOTAL 
   Lewis-Clark State College   30     36     66  
   Montana Tech of the Univ    33     35     68  
Last FG: Lewis-Clark State College 2nd- 1:57, Montana Tech of the Univ  2nd- 0:04
Largest lead: Lewis-Clark State College by 9 2nd- 8:20, Montana Tech of the Univ  by 7 2nd-19:04
Score tied: 11 times, Lead changed: 9 times


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