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Bluejay basketball goes 1-1 against Mt. Marty

The Minnesota West basketball teams went 1-1 in a home doubleheader Tuesday night against the Mt. Marty junior varsity, as the Lady Jays picked up a win and the men were dealt a loss.

In the women’s game, Minnesota West came away with a 65-59 victory. The Lady Jays limited Mt. Marty to 32% shooting from the floor and forced 23 turnovers, and won despite committing 24 turnovers themselves, shooting 36% from the floor and getting outrebounded 53-39.

Olivia Hayenga had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for Minnesota West, leading the team in each of those categories. Hattie DeVries and Ava Parrish had nine points apiece, and Dasia Potter and Aisha Ziede added eight points each.

In men’s action, Mt. Marty defeated the Bluejays 74-64. The first half doomed the home team, as it was outscored 44-20 in the first 20 minutes Minnesota West did manage to outpoint Mt. Marty 44-30 in the second half.

Henry Counsel topped three Bluejays who scored in double figures, hitting for 17 points while adding six rebounds. Kenneth Logan contributed 14 points and a team-best eight rebounds, and Jeremiah Gueverra added 12 points along with seven steals on defense. Jordan Sinclair had five assists to lead in that department for Minnesota West, which shot just 34% on the night.

The Bluejay women are 3-2 overall and will next head to Chicago for a pair of games against top NJCAA schools. Minnesota West will play the College of St. Page at 1 p.m. Saturday and Joliet Junior College at 1 p.m. Monday.

The Bluejay men, who are 1-4, are off until Monday, when they entertain the Bethany Lutheran College JV.

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