Playing lockdown defense in the fourth quarter, the Minnesota West Lady Jays outscored visiting Riverland 24-9 over the final 10 minutes, coming from behind to defeat the Blue Devils 77-68 at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington.
Riverland, ranked 13th in the latest national poll, entered the night with a 13-2 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the South Division. The Blue Devils led by one at the half and by six entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Jays – ranked seventh themselves in this week’s national poll – adjusted and made plenty of plays as well as free throws down the stretch.
Point guard MacKensise Post had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Minnesota West while also playing a turnover-free game. Madisyn Huisman also added 16 points for the Jays on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Tia Murray contributed 15 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota West, and Dannyn Peterson had 10 points.
With the victory, the Lady Jays improved to 12-10 overall and a South Division-leading 8-1.
In the men’s game that followed, Riverland – ranked No. 2 in the nation – sizzled from the 3-point line, making 14-of-25 shots from beyond the arc in the first half on their way to a 131-86 win over the Bluejays.
The Blue Devils, now 20-1 overall and 8-0 in the South, wound up connecting on 22 3’s in the contest.
Amos Alford had four 3-pointers of his own and finished with 25 points for the Bluejays, now 4-16 overall and 1-7 in the South. London Campbell added 17 points, Tyvorus Lawton had 16, and Steve Ndumbe 11.