No. 5 T-birds knock off MCC women for second straight week
For the second time in a week, the fifth-ranked New Mexico Junior College women downed McCook Community College. On Friday the Thunderbirds prevailed 72-46 on the first day of the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites Thanksgiving Classic at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. Western Nebraska beat Fort Scott 63-53 in the opening game of the classic.
One week ago, NMJC, now 6-0, scored a 58-47 over MCC at Hobbs, N.M.
"There's no doubt they are a top 5 team," said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett, "But the difference between them and us after one week, is that they were not happy that it was just an 11-point win for them."
NMJC set the pace scoring the first five points of the game before MCC responded to narrow the lead to 12-8 midway through the first quarter. The T-Birds went on a 16-6 run to end the quarter and doubled up MCC 28-14, then stretched the lead to 51-25 at intermission.
"That's the difference between an experienced team and we're very young," said Pritchett. "They played hard and scored a lot of points inside."
NMJC made 19 of 30 first-half shots (63.3 percent) and finished the night shooting 53.6. The T-Birds went three of 11 from the 3-point line (27.3 percent) and nine of 12 from the free-throw line.
MCC shot 37 percent for the game, made two of 12 shots from the 3-point line and 10 of 14 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent). MCC was outrebounded 30-26 and committed 24 turnovers compared to 12 for NMJC.
"There's a lot of things we have to get better at execution-wise," Pritchett said.
The Lady Thunderbirds improve to 6-0 and will take on Western Nebraska Saturday at 1 p.m.
MCC goes to 2-7 and will play Fort Scott at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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