The Trinity Bible College Lady Lions headed back out on the road for their 5th and 6th road games out their first 7 games of the season. They headed to Wahpeton, ND for the Baymont Inn Classic which featured four teams, the host school North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, ND), Northeastern Community College (Norfolk, NE), Dakota College Bottineau (Bottineau, ND) and Trinity Bible College. The Lady Lions were matched up against Dakota College Bottineau on Saturday afternoon for their first game and North Dakota State College of Science on Sunday for game two.
The Lady Lions faced off against Dakota College Bottineau for their first game and both teams struggled to find a rhythm early in the first half. The two teams traded leads and ties with 2 lead changes and 4 ties in the first half. The Lady Lions shot only 25 percent (10 for 40) from the field in the first half while the Lady-Jacks shot 28 percent (9 for 32). The Lady-Jacks found some success in the first half from the 3-point line (4 for 14) and free throw line (4 for 5) while the Lady Lions struggled to score from behind the arc (2 for 16). The Lady-Jacks took a slim 4 point lead into halftime 26 to 22 over the Lady Lions.
The second half found both teams gaining a rhythm offensively with the Lady-Jacks finding their rhythm first going on a 19 to 2 run to open the half. That would give the Lady-Jacks their biggest lead of the game 21 points, 45 to 24. The Lady Lions would then battle back to within 4 points with just over 7 minutes to play in the game. The Lady Lions comeback would fall short however as the Lady-Jacks held on to win 66 to 58.
In the loss the Lady Lions shot 31 percent (22 for 77) from the field and lost the rebounding battle to the Lady-Jacks 51 to 41. The Lady Lions did force 27 Lady-Jack turnovers and also recorded 13 steals and 12 offensive rebounds. The Lady Lions were led by senior Treva Nutter and freshman Aaren LaRose who both had 13 points in the game. Treva added 8 rebound, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Sunday’s game against NDSCS Wildcats started out very similar to Saturday’s game as it would be a defensive battle early. Both teams struggled to score in the first half with the Wildcats shooting just 9 for 30 (30 percent) and the Lady Lions went just 7 for 22 (31 percent) from field. The Lady Lions found themselves down just one point heading into halftime 22 to 21.
The second half started out quick as both teams traded leads with 11 lead changes and 6 ties in the second half. The Wildcats would string together a run to take back command of the game but the Lady Lions kept it close. The Lady Lions had to start fouling and NDSCS would end up winning by 19 point 72 to 53. The Wildcats caught fire in the last five minutes of the game shooting 60 percent (18 for 30) in the second half and connected on 14 of 17 (82 percent) free throw attempts. The Lady Lions shot just 36 percent (12 for 33) in the second half and were outscored by the Wildcats 51 to 31.
In the loss the Lady Lions were again led by senior guard Treva Nutter who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kylie Flemmer and Aaren LaRose added 9 points apiece and Shianne Montgomery and Kayla Droste both pitched in 8 points apiece as well. The Lady Lions forced 30 Wildcat turnovers in the game and recorded 10 offensive rebounds and 12 steals.
The loss, which is the fourth in a row for the Lady Lions after starting the year 3-0, moves them to 3-4 on the year. The Lady Lions have one game before taking a break for Thanksgiving. The Lions host NIAC conference foe Turtle Mountain Community College Tuesday, November 20th at 6pm for the women’s and 8pm for the men. The Lions then take a week off before heading up highway 281 to face off against Jamestown College on Tuesday November 27th in the Jamestown Civic Arena. The women’s game is at 5:30 pm and the men play 7:30 pm.