Strange day in Austin: Minnesota West falls twice to Riverland

Doug Wolter, The Daily Globe, Worthington, Minn.
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Mar. 21—AUSTIN — Fate didn't deal kindly to the Minnesota West women's and men's basketball teams Saturday in Austin. Not only did the Jays lose both games, but there were oddities in both.

The Lady Jays were beaten in overtime, 89-80. They thought that the score at halftime was 45-30 in the Blue Devils' favor, but after the half two points were taken away from the Jays, which made the score 45-28. West head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said that the Lady Jays' book said it was 30, and the official statistician also had it marked for 30. But the official scorebook had it at 28, so that's what won the day.

Those two points could have made an overtime unnecessary.

"It's kind of a hard pill to swallow," said Hayenga-Hostikka, "the way that happened."

The Bluejay men were demolished 122-61 in what head coach Taylor Lupton termed as something as a free-for-all. Few fouls were called and the Jays — still shorthanded since last week — brought just eight players to the contest. Riverland, which played with more than twice that many, took advantage of the physical nature of the game en route to the victory.

"It's like Y-league basketball," Lupton said about the way the game was called.

In the women's game, West's Jazmin Voehl had a double-double with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Hunter Garcia scored 12 points and Mallory Thorson had 11. Shelby Christensen pulled down 10 rebounds and Natasha Diaz had five assists.

The Lady Jays didn't do themselves a favor by getting down by 17 points (or 15, depending upon which book you want to use) at the half.

"We dug ourselves such a hole in the first half. I guess you gotta give us credit, we fought our way out," Hayenga-Hostikka said.

West tried two shots at the end of regulation to win the game, but both were missed.

In the men's game that followed, Keitric Barber Jr. led Minnesota West with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Isaac Ihnen had 14 points while Elijah Williams had 13 and Cornelius Wright 10. Williams also had eight rebounds.

Women

Lady Jays 12 28 50 73 80

Riverland 23 45 62 73 89

Men

Bluejays 36 61

Riverland 60 122