The basketball contest between the Lady Buccaneers of Dawson Community College and the Lady Royals of Lake Region State College was an absolute dogfight. The Lady Bucs dug deep and were able to come from behind of a 16-point deficit. Though DCC won the game 80-75, it wasn’t without a slugfest back and forth between both teams.
In the first half, Lake Region controlled both quarters outscoring Dawson 23-17 and 21-14 taking a 15- point lead into halftime. The Lady Royals were outrebounding the Lady Bucs 26-19. The Lady Royals used their traditional 1-2-2 full court press and caused DCC to have 12 turnovers, while they only had 5. Lake Region also had 13 team assists collected by halftime. No one from the Lady Bucs roster were in double figures; everyone was way below their scoring averages. However, the second half action got into full swing with both teams slugging it out on both ends of the court. Dawson would take off the gloves and release a full court attack of their own as well as trapping in the front court, causing Lake Region to ultimately turn the ball over 13 times in the 3rd quarter and 16 in the 4th. Lake Region would have a game high 34 turnovers. Dawson would capitalize and convert 32 points from those turnovers. But Lake Region caused the Lady Bucs to have 27 turnovers and convert 22 points from them. Dawson had 21 steals for the game. Both teams received even scoring from their own benches, but Dawson would win the battle of second chance points, 12-7. The rebounding battle would be even with 42 each.
In the end, Dawson would protect their home court and win the 3rd and 4th quarters outscoring Lake Region 24-18 and 25-13, respectively. There were six players in double figures. Alexius Foster and Lexia Bell-White had 14 points and 5 rebounds apiece, with Foster collecting 3 steals. Emily Harwood had 13 points, 7 steals and 6 rebounds. Ejanae Coopwood also had 13 points and 10 rebounds along with 4 steals resulting in first double double for her. Sara Anderson added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. MacKinzie Verke chipped in with 11 points and 4 assists.
A very proud Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. praised his team, “Once again, I don’t how they do it, but they do it. The players grinded their way to defeat. I loved how they bounced back in the second half and defended Glendive with ferociousness. Tonight showed we knew how to take it on the chin, get up and throw some hard blows of our own. Out of the mayhem, it was a great relief to see our team standing amidst all the heavy smoke.”
DCC will travel on the road to Bismarck to play United Tribes Technical College this Sunday, February 11th at 2:00 pm. They will return to home court action on Thursday, February 15th playing in their 4th Annual Play 4Kay Pink Night raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.