In the first half it was Kelsey DeWit who powered the Montana Tech women’s basketball team.
In the second half, it was the rest of the Orediggers.
DeWit scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the first half, and the Orediggers made 6 of 7 attempts from 3-point land to blow the game open in an 84-47 rout of the University of Great Falls Friday night in a Frontier Conference game at the HPER Complex.
“That was a really fun game,” DeWit said after the Orediggers improved 5-3 in conference and 12-8 overall. “We all were smiling. We needed that game going into tomorrow, that’s for sure.”
The third-place Orediggers, who are sitting good in their quest for a home playoff game as the team hits the stretch run, plays second place Carroll College at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the HPER.
DeWit, who also grabbed nine rebounds, scored Tech’s first 12 points, and the Orediggers never trailed. The game was tied at 10 before DeWit broke the tie for good.
“My teammates, I give them full credit,” DeWit, a 6-foot-2 junior post from Columbia Falls, said. “I was cutting and I was asking for it, and they got it to me. They were hitting me. It wasn’t like it was just me. They were getting me open.”
The Orediggers led 35-24 at halftime. Then they caught fire soon after the break.
At one point, the Orediggers scored on 3-pointers on four straight trips down the court. Mandy Machinal hit two of those 3-pointers. Lisa Laslovich and Brooke Pokorny each hit one.
Machinal’s second 3-pointer in the run started a 13-0 Oredigger run that put the game away.
Tech coach Kerie DePell said the Orediggers focused on offense all week leading up to the game.
“I was just watching. It was fun,” DePell said. “It was fun to see them have fun, too. We’ve been struggling on offense lately.”
Four Orediggers scored in double figures, and nine different Tech players dented the score book.
Machinal scored 18 points, while Laini Kalumbi tossed in 14 and Laslovich netted 10. Pokorny, Shaye Murphy and Erika Jenins scored five apiece, Dannii Devenny scored four and Brynne Kambich scored one.
Devenny grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Machinal handed out four assists. Ivana Lacmanovic and Taylor Sewell also saw time for the Orediggers.
Kindra Jones scored 11 to lead the Argonauts, who fell to 1-8 and 11-12. Sydnee Burke sank three 3-pointers and scored 10.
Tech also beat the Argonauts Saturday in Great Falls.
The Orediggers fell 65-48 the first time around against Carroll College. That game was Jan. 9 in Helena.
“We just have to keep our confidence up,” DeWit said. “We can beat Carroll, I have no doubt. We can beat anybody in our conference.”