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Bluejay women capture 14th straight game; men lose

The Minnesota West Lady Jays trailed host Anoka-Ramsey 46-32 in the third quarter on Sunday, then stormed back to beat the Rams 76-64 to win their 14th consecutive game.

The Jays outscored Anoka-Ramsey 30-17 in the final quarter in picking up the win.

Tia Murray came alive in the second half and finished with 26 points and eight rebounds. Olivia Hayenga had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Dannyn Peterson had a huge fourth quarter and contributed 10 points in the game, Madisyn Huisman also had 10 points and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor added 12 rebounds as well as 10 assists. Hatti DeVries helped out with some big minutes off the bench and had eight points for Minnesota West, now 18-1 this season.

“We feel very fortunate to come out of here with a victory,” Lady Jays head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said, “Anoka played incredibly well and took us out of everything we wanted to do. At times I think we panicked a little and just did not execute anything we worked on in practice, but that was probably due to Anoka.

“Anoka had a couple of injuries late in the game that really hurt them and allowed us to get back in the game,” Hayenga-Hostikka added. “We have to learn from this game and just get better at a lot of parts of the game, but wins are hard to come by in this gym, so we are very glad to leave here with a victory.”

In the men’s game, Anoka-Ramsey led by 25 points over Minnesota West at halftime and went on to post a 92-61 triumph over the Bluejays. Kong Neyail had 14 points to lead Minnesota West offensively, while Bie Ruei added 11. Steve Ndumbe chipped with nine points as the Jays fell to 5-13 on the year.

The women’s and men’s teams both play at Ridgewater College on Wednesday night.

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