Royals split games at United Tribes Technical College
By Sam Herder
Journal Sports Editor
The Lake Region State College basketball teams split a doubleheader at United Tribes Technical College on Monday. The Lady Royals won 90-65 while the men’s comeback fell short in a 107-99 loss.
The Lady Royals improved to 23-6 overall and 10-1 in the Mon-Dak Conference, along with extending its win streak to five games.
Kristal Flowers had a big double-double in the win, scoring 18 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
LRSC got big minutes off its bench as well. Mackenzie Irwin scored 19 points and Helen Schuster and Cassidy Nelson both scored 11.
Kennedy Henningsgard added 16 points.
“It was a nice road win in a tough place to play,” Royals head coach Danny Mertens said. “Everyone got in the scoring column in a game I stressed would be tough on the road. Megan (Cantellano) went down early in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury and the girls came together and put it away. We now clinched at least a share of the Mon-Dak title for the second year. The girls hungry to win it outright on Wednesday.”
The LRSC men’s struggles continued down the stretch in the Mon-Dak, losing its sixth straight game. The Royals are now 18-11 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
LRSC trailed by as much as 23 points at one point in the second half, but battled back.
“Our bench came in and gave us a spark,” LRSC head coach Jared Marshall said. “Jon Lund, Jayson Edwards and Noah Bosh all gave us great energy tonight. Props to them for staying ready and coming in with energy. Without it we wouldn't have had a chance."
AJ Nywesh led the Royals with 20 points, which put him in the 1,000-point club for LRSC.
Ryan Clark had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tom Kubank scored 18 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Ben Rennie, Edwards and Bosh also scored in double figures.
"Right now we are two different teams,” Marshall said. “A team that plays with urgency and a team that doesn't at times.”
Both LRSC teams have their final regular season game at home against Dakota College at Bottineau on Wednesday for Sophomore Night.
The women start at 6:30 p.m. with the men to follow.