Oredigger women fall in semifinal battle

SALT LAKE CITY — The season came to an end for the Montana Tech women’s basketball team Friday night.

The Orediggers, though, didn’t go down without a fight.

Tech gave the No. 4-ranked Westminster College Griffins a run for their money before Westminster came away with a 72-65 victory in the semifinals of the Frontier Conference tournament. Stats

The Griffins (24-2) will host No. 10 MSU-Northern (27-4) in the championship game Monday night. The Skylights beat the University of Great Falls Friday night in Havre.

Tech closes the season with a 12-19 record after a strong finish head coach Carly VanDyke’s first season.

“They’re ranked No. 4 for a reason,” VanDyke They’re a great team, and we gave them everything they could handle tonight.”

The Orediggers led by seven points in the first half before taking 37-36 edge into halftime. Westminster built a nine-point lead in the second half. The Orediggers cut it back to one before the Griffins extended it the final minutes.

“I’m very happy with how we came out tonight and how we played,” VanDyke said. “We made some mistakes. We made too many turnovers, and I think they scored 20 points off our turnovers. That’s something we’ve got to get better at.”

Amy Krommenhoek scored 22 points to lead the Griffins. Shelby Ellsworht tossed 17 points, while Mika Pinner scored 10 and Tia Pappas netted nine.

Martha Dembek scored 18 points to lead three Orediggers in double figures. Hattie Thatcher scored 16 points, while Kabri Emerson tossed in 11.

Also, Rachel Farris scored eight points, Mandy Machinal and Shelby Mack scored four, and Callee Remsen and Kayla DeWit tossed in two.

The game was the last in an Oredigger uniform for Machinal, Emerson and Sophia Baetz.

Machinal will leave her mark on the program. It’s only a matter of time before the Richland, Washington, native is inducted into the Oredigger Hall of Fame.

“Mandy is a great player,” VanDyke said. “She can score, and one thing she did this year was become a defensive stopper.”

Emerson, a Butte High graduate of Butte High school, transferred to Montana Tech before her junior season.

“Kabri Emerson just brings so much toughness,” VanDyke. “She’s going to give you everything she has day in and day out. Here work ethic is just amazing.”

Baetz didn’t get into the game Friday, but VanDyke praised her play, particularly in the final stretch that saw the Orediggers win four out of five games heading into the semifinals. 1 comment

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  • Michelle Kambich
    March 6, 2015, 9:26 pm

    Way to finish off your season, enjoyed watching you play!


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