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Lady Jays keep winning; Bluejays rally but fall short

Olivia Hayenga scored 20 of her 24 points in the first half and Tia Murray had 23 points as the Minnesota West Lady Jays pounded Minnesota State Fergus Falls 86-58 Wednesday night at the Center for Health and Wellness.

The Bluejays won their 13th straight game and improved to 17-1 on the season. Minnesota West led 56-24 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way, with Hayenga and Murray also grabbing 11 rebounds apiece. Madisyn Huisman contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Jays, who won the battle of the boards 56-34 and snared 25 offensive rebounds in the contest. Dannyn Peterson chipped in with 11 points for Minnesota West, and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor passed for 10 assists against just one turnover. Minnesota West passed for 22 assists as a team; Fergus Falls had just seven assists while committing 20 turnovers.

In the men’s game, Fergus Falls opened up a 21-point advantage in the second half, but Minnesota West fought back and closed the gap to within seven points before the Spartans finished off an 89-79 triumph. The loss drops the Bluejays to 5-12 on the season.

Bie Reui had a strong outing for Minnesota West as he scored a game-best 25 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Elijah Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bluejays and Carter Drent added 14 points. The home team’s downfall was turnovers, as the Jays committed 28 on the night.

The Minnesota West women and men next play at Anoka-Ramsey on Sunday.

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