Rocky Mountain College up next for Tech women
DILLON — Make that two Oredigger teams headed to the Frontier Conference semifinals.
While the Montana Tech men’s basketball squad will host a semifinal game Friday in Butte, the Tech women will hit the road for a final-four game on Saturday.
That’s because the Orediggers opened the Frontier Conference women’s basketball tournament with a 76-67 win over Montana Western Wednesday night at the Straugh Gymnasium. (Stats)
The Orediggers (13-18) will head to Billings Saturday to take on Rocky Mountain College (24-3) in the semifinals.
Also Thursday, Carroll College rolled past MSU-Northern 73-49. The Saints will head to Great Falls for a rematch of last week’s double-overtime thriller in the other semifinal matchup.
The tournament victory is the first for Montana Tech since the Orediggers went to Helena to beat Carroll College in 2017. Western ends the season at 15-13.
Brooke Heggie scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Orediggers, who outscored Western 29-21 in the fourth quarter. Tavia Rooney added 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Heggie also dished four assists in the victory.
Dani Urick scored 11 points, while Butte High graduate Ally Clevery scored all of her clutch 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Jaden Comings scored six points for Tech, which got five apiece from Madison Allen and Celestina Faletoi and three from Mollie Peoples.
Shainy Mack scored 18 points to lead three Western players in double figures. Brynley Fitzgerald tossed in 17, and Lilly Gopher added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Mesa King scored eight for Western, which also got seven from Joelnell Momberth, five from Natali Denning and two from Syndey Sherian.
Carroll College 73, MSU-Northern 39
HELENA — Jamie Pickens scored 18 points to lead four Carroll players in double figures as the Saints rolled into the semifinals. (Stats)
Carroll (24-6) will head back to Great Falls for a rematch of last week’s double-overtime thriller with the University of Providence.
Pickens also pulled down five rebounds, and Christine Denny added 13 points and five boards for Carroll, which led 25-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Sienna Swannack scored 11 points for Carroll, which got 10 from Danielle Wagner and eight from Genesis Wilkinson.
Peyton Kehr scored 16 points to lead the Skylights, who close the season at 9-21.