Fired-up ’Diggers get win

2013-02-16T00:00:00Z Fired-up ’Diggers get winBy Trent Makela of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
February 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

3-pointers vault Tech women over Dickinson State

Senior forward Shaye Murphy scored all of her 11 points during a game-swinging 19-0 second-half run, and the Montana Tech women’s basketball team raced past Dickinson State 61-54 in dramatic fashion on Senior Night Friday at the HPER.

Murphy was one of three seniors — along with forward Erika Jenkins and guard Ivana Lacmanovic — who were honored, along with their parents, prior to their final regular-season home game. Ironically, the third-place Orediggers (16-10, 9-5) wrapped up a home first-round Frontier Conference Tournament playoff game in two weeks with the win, ensuring the trio will take the floor at least one more time in Butte.

“I think it was seriously just the energy we had,” Murphy said of the run. “I just went out there and I thought ‘something’s got to happen.’ I just decided to start shooting and fired it up. I was just feeling it and confident.”

Murphy hit three 3-pointers from the left elbow during the stretch, with a fourth being called a two with her foot on the line. Jenkins added a fourth trey, and Lisa Laslovich a fifth from that same spot during the run.

Tech turned a 40-34 deficit into a 53-40 lead during the five-minute burst, while also turning around what had been a rough shooting night that had head coach Kerie DePell telling her team to focus on getting to the foul line at the half.

“You’ve just got to say ‘good job.’ I told them, ‘if you make it, you can do whatever you want,’” DePell said of the flurry of treys. “If it’s the opposite of what I tell you to do and you make it, I’ll tell you good job. We’re the worst in the conference at 3-point shooting, so that’s why I’m telling them to get into the paint, get to the free throw line. They have a mind of their own, apparently. It was fun to watch, though.”

Tech shot just 32 percent from the floor and 20 percent on 3’s in the first half, before shooting 50 percent from the floor and 63 percent on treys after the break.

Dickinson state pulled within 56-50 on a 3-pointer from Ashley Jelly with 1:10 to play, but a Dannielle Devenny jumper and Machinal Machinal free throw helped put the game out of reach.

Devenny added 12 points for Tech.

Tech appeared ready to pull away in the first half when leading scorer Machinal capped a 9-0 run with a breakaway layup to put the Diggers ahead 20-14 with 4:17 left until the break. But DSU responded with its own 10- run — broken only by a Machinal stepback jumper in the final seconds — to enter the lockerroom with a 28-24 edge.

Machinal kept the Diggers in the game early with 16 of her game-high 22 points before the break.

The last-place Blue Hawks (7-19, 2-10) were led by Janae Moore with 15 points, but she was limited to just three in the second half due in part to a Tech zone defense that took away her driving lanes. Twin Bridges graduate Dawne Degel started for DSU and added four points, three rebounds and a steal.

The Diggers held the rebounding edge 45-42 on the night and were aided by a DSU’s 46 percent shooting night at the free throw line.

Tech wraps up its regular season by playing at Montana Western on Thursday and at first-place and fourth-ranked Westminster on Saturday.

“(The home playoff game) is a big motivator, that’s really exciting and that will be huge for us,” Murphy said. “We definitely have our confidence, we have the energy, we have our homecourt advantage. I think our next games are going to be very good.”

Tech played again without starting center and second-leading scorer Kelsey DeWit, and DePell said the improved play of her reserves will lead to some tough decisions when her big post returns.

“Everyone has played well in the past two or there games Kelsey has been out. We have to look at game film and see who we want to start – we have probably eight or nine who deserve to start,” DePell said.

DICKINSON STATE — Dawne Degel 1-6 2-2 4, Janae Moore 6-13 1-2 15, Jess Bygate 2-11 3-6 7, Jenna Cabello 1-3 0-0 2, Mariah Duran 2-8 0-1 5, Lorna Shepherd 0-1 0-0 0, Yianna Nadeau 3-10 0-2 7, Ashley Jelly 3-7 0-0 8, Klauzer Jaylyn 3-4 0-0 6. Totals — 21-63 6-13 54.

MONTANA TECH — Dannielle Devenny 4-11 4-4 12, Shaye Murphy 4-11 0-0 11, Erika Jenkins 2-7 0-1 5, Mandy Machinal 9-18 2-4 22, Ivana Lacmanovic 2-2 0-0 4, Brynne Kambich 1-3 0-1 2, Lisa Laslovich 2-4 0-1 5, Brooke Pokorny 0-3 0-0 0, Laini Kalumbi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals — 24-60 6-11 61.

Halftime — DSU 28-24. 3-pointers — DSU 6-23 (Degel 0-2, Moore 2-5, Duran 1-5, Nadeau 1-5, Jelly 2-6), MT 7-18 (Devenny 0-2, Murphy 3-5, Jenkins 1-3, Machinal 2-3, Kambich 0-1, Laslovich 1-3, Pokorny 0-1). Rebounds — DSU 42 (Moore 11), MT 45 (Jenkins 11). Assists — DSU 10 (Duran 3), MT 18 (Kalumbi 4). Steals — DSU 13 (Bygate 4), MT 8 (Devenny 2, Pokorny 2). Blocks — DSU 1 (Cabello), MT 1 (Jenkins). Turnovers — DSU 15, MT 18. Total fouls — DSU 13, MT 14. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.

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