After a horrible loss to Northwest College, DCC seemed unfazed by their next opponent, Gillette College. The contest between both schools was neck and neck throughout the afternoon with 13 lead changes and 9 ties. In the end, the Lady Bucs were able to execute in the last minute and a half of the game with a crucial lay-up scored by Alexius Foster and a defensive passing lane steal by Ejanae Coopwood. DCC won 78-74.
Both teams had 4 players in double figure scoring, weak 3 point shooting percentages as well as 20 team turnovers apiece. Each team had one player with a double double. However, Dawson won 3 of the 4 quarters and outrebounded Gillette 41-34. The Lady Bucs also had 13 steals to Gillette’s 8. Both teams shot decent from the field with Dawson shooting 43% and Gillette at 40%. The Lady Pronghorns shot a solid 73% from the free throw line, but DCC was more impressive with 85%.
“To bounce back from a horrendous loss the previous night, and finish a close game the next day to a solid ball club in Gillette, definitely shows signs of perseverance and belief that our Lady Bucs can refocus and move on to the next game without negative side effects. At times the game was played sloppy by both teams, but we managed to pull it out, and as a coaching staff, we were extremely pleased, with a sigh of relief,” said Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr.
Alexius Foster led the Lady Bucs and the game with 28 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Ejanae Coopwood bounced back with 21 points, 7 rebounds and a game high 5 steals. MacKinzie Verke added 15 going 3-6 from beyond the arc. Lexia Bell-White had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bucs look to avenge an earlier loss to Miles City this Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm in the second Battle of the Badlands. The game will be played in Miles City.