Lady Royals drop second straight

Ray Maloney, Sports

BISMARCK, N.D. — Lake Region State College’s annual trip to the Capital City is one that coach Duane Schwab would just as soon forget.

One night after losing to United Tribes for the first time in school history, the Lady Royals fell for the second straight night as Bismarck State College overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half and rallied in the second half to get past Lake Region 82-72 on Monday night at the Bismarck State College Armory.

The loss drops the Lady Royals to 4-3 in Mon-Dak play and 14-4 on the season, while BSC improved to 8-1 in the conference and 20-3 on the season.

Kelsey Sigl’s bucket from underneath with just over two minutes remaining broke a 69-69 tie and gave the Mystics the lead for good at 71-69. That would start a 15-3 run to close the game and seal the win for BSC and hand Lake Region its third loss in its last four games.

The scoring spurt by BSC was indicative of the way the night went.

Lake Region opened the game quickly and ran out to a 10-point lead on a short jumper by Vittoria Poole that put the Lady Royals in front 14-4 midway through the opening half.

They would recapture that advantage twice more before the Mystics went on a 24-8 run of their own to grab 34-29 lead. A pair of free throws from Sigl with 4:35 remaining gave BSC its first lead of the night at 30-29. She added a pair of jumpers on each of the next two trips down the floor to extend the lead to 34-29.

Field goals from Bobbi Grann and Alicia Greening in the closing minutes of the half allowed the Lady Royals to cut into that lead and trail 34-33 at the intermission.

BSC, which committed 17 of its 24 turnovers in the first half, regrouped and took a 60-50 advantage midway through the second half before the Lady Royals mounted a comeback.

A pair of baskets by Brittany Wirth, including a 3-pointer, was the start of a 10-0 run that allowed Lake Region to knot the game at 60-60 with 7:41 to play when Mandi Bindas scored on a easy layup.

Back-to-back baskets by Katie Ralston moved Lake Region to a 64-60 advantage.

The two teams were tied again at 69-69 when Sigl connected on a pair of free throws with 3:01 to play. Sigl’s field goal less than one minute later put the Mystics in front 71-69.

It was a lead BSC would not let slip away.

Bindas paced the Lady Royals with 17 points, while Jodi Berdahl and Wirth finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Lake Region.

Sigl finished with 27 points to lead all players, while Lacey Peterson added 17, all in the second half.

Lake Region continues its road swing this weekend. The Lady Royals take on Miles Community College on Friday and will travel to Glendive the following night to tangle with Dawson Community College.

The next home game is slated for Feb. 8 when the Lady Royals entertain the University of Mary junior varsity.

LRSC (72): Vittoria Poole 2-8 0-0 4, Alicia Greening 4-14 1-2 9, Bobbi Grann 4-11 1-2 9, Brittany Wirth 4-10 1-2 10, Mandi Bindas 4-11 8-12 17, Livia Medeiros 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Ralston 4-6 0-0 8, Jodi Berdahl 4-9 0-0 11, Leonie De Jonge 0-2 0-0 0, Mayara Santos 1-8 2-2 4. Totals: 27-79 13-20 72.

BSC (82): Lacey Petersen 5-8 3-4 15, Kelsey Sigl 11-18 5-5 27, Melissa Strandemo 2-6 0-2 4, Shannon Schmidt 2-6 2-2 7, Adrienne Davis 4-7 4-4 15, Carlie Buechler 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Toepke 0-0 0-0 0, ShanLee Taken Alive 0-0 0-0 0, Skylei Luger 1-4 0-0 2, Alyssa Hummel 4-9 4-5 12. Totals: 29-59 18-22 82.

Halftime score: BSC 34, LRSC 33.

3-pointers: LRSC 5 (Berdahl 3, Wirth 1, Bindas 1), BSC 6 (Davis 3, Petersen 2, Schmidt 1). Rebounds: LRSC 50 (Wirth 11), BSC 41 (Sigl 12). Assists: LRSC 17 (Poole 7), BSC 21 (Davis 6). Steals: LRSC 18 (Grann 4), BSC 14 (three with three). Turnovers: LRSC 21, BSC 24. Fouls: LRSC 18, BSC 15. Fouled out: None.

Records: LRSC 4-2 Mon-Dak, 14-4 overall; BSC 8-1, 20-3.