The Lady Lions went into the weekend looking to get back on the winning track following a tough four point loss at University of Minnesota Morris on Tuesday evening. They took a 9-10 record into Friday night’s game against rival Presentation College Saints. The two teams played in December with Presentation coming out on top 77 to 72.
The Lady Lions had to play from behind against Presentation as the Saints came out shooting well from the field. The Saints seized the early lead going up 7 to 2 just two minutes into the game but the Lady Lions responded tying the game up at 7 all with 16 minutes left in the first half. The Saints took the lead back and eventually built a 15 point lead with seven minutes left in the first half. The Lady Lions could not close the gap as they went into halftime down 33 to 46. The Saints hit 8 of 14 (57 percent) threes in the first half and they converted 18 of 39 (46 percent) shots from the field. The Lady Lions shot 38 percent (12 for 31) from the field in the first half and 30 percent (4 for 13) from three.
The second half for the Lady Lions was scripted a lot like the first. They would try to close the Saints lead but the Saints continued their hot shooting night. The Lady Lions would get as close as eight points with 15 minutes to play but the Saints pushed their lead back to double digits just as quick as the Lady Lions got close. The Lady Lions would get within single digits a couple times late in the second half but it was too little too late as the Saints held on for the win 86 to 76.
In the loss the Lady Lions had four players in double figures led by senior Treva Nutter who finished with a game high 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Joining her in double figures were senior Shianne Montgomery who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and freshman Aaren LaRose who pitched in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Kelby Wiederhold pitched in a double-double off the bench for the Lady Lions with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The next day the Lady Lions traveled to Madison, SD where they faced off against NAIA opponent Dakota State University Trojans. The Lady Lions struggled to find any rhythm offensively and defensively in the game. They found themselves down early but got a little something going as they came within one point of Dakota State, 10 to 11 with just over 14 minutes to play in the first half. That is as close as the Lady Lions would get as they were go cold on offense only scoring nine more points in the first half as Dakota State took a commanding 46 to 19 lead into halftime. The second half was a struggle as well for the Lady Lions as Dakota State’s defense and offense picked up where they left off. Dakota State would hold the Lady Lions to only 14 second half points and went on to win 93 to 33.
In the loss the Lady Lions were led by sophomore Kelby Wiederhold who had 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Lady Lions were held to 11 for 59 shooting (18 percent) and failed to convert a three pointer (0 for 10). The Lady Lions did pull down 12 offensive rebounds and cause 20 Dakota State turnovers.
The pair of losses on the weekend drops the Lady Lions to 9 and 12 on the season. They now get 5 days to prepare for their weekend series against Fort Berthold Community College. The Trinity Bible College Athletic Department will be hosting Senior Night for Friday, February 1st game and then Parent’s Night for the Saturday, February 2nd game. Friday night’s game tips off at 6pm and Saturday’s game tips off at 12pm. The Lady Lion’s two seniors Treva Nutter and Shianne Montgomery will be honored after their game on Friday night. On Saturday after the women’s game the TBC Athletic Department will be honoring the Lady Lions and Lions parents.