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Morning Sun
  • RiverHawks bury PSU in 2nd half

  • The Northeastern State RiverHawks have been very unkind to the Pittsburg State women the last two seasons in the Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse, evidenced Wednesday night by a 65-50 win for the RiverHawks.

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  • The Northeastern State RiverHawks have been very unkind to the Pittsburg State women the last two seasons in the Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse, evidenced Wednesday night by a 65-50 win for the RiverHawks.
    Sometimes it just takes that one player to start making shots and the momentum of the game changes — that was Northeastern State senior guard Taylor Lewis in the first half Wednesday.
    The Gorillas, who hassled Fort Hays State leading scorers Kate Lehman and Katelyn Edwards into four points and 2-25 shooting on Saturday, picked up where they left off against Lewis, at least for the first 12 minutes of the game. Lewis had no points and Pitt State led 18-12.
    That’s when Lewis caught fire and Northeastern State regained the lead it had early on in the game. Lewis made her first basket at the 8-minute mark, part of a stretch of nine consecutive points for the senior guard from Broken Arrow, Okla., who ranks second in the MIAA in scoring (over 16 points per game) behind Lizzy Jeronimus of Pitt State.
    Lewis finished with 12 first-half points on 5-7 shooting and helped Northeastern State gain a 28-24 halftime lead.
    “It never was (the same),” Pitt State head coach Lane Lord told Eddie Lomshek of KKOW. “Taylor Lewis is one of the best players in the league. No doubt about it. She does that every single night in this league. We had a great gameplan and the first 10 minutes, we looked awesome. I thought we really executed well.
    “You missed your assignments a couple times and she’s going to make you pay. She made us pay with a 9-0 run and that’s very disappointing because we had a nice lead and control of the game. In this league, against good players, if you don’t do your job and you’re a step late, they’re going to make you pay and Taylor Lewis, you’ve got to tip your hat to her. She’s one of the best shooters in the league and she made plays.”
    Trailing by seven points late in the half, Jeronimus found an open Morgan Westhoff for a 3 to make the RiverHawk lead four points.
    Turnovers, seven in the first half against Northeastern State, once again hurt Pitt State and gave their opponent additional shots.
    Northeastern State owned the second half and the RiverHawks had already built their lead to 39-26 only 5:43 after halftime.
    Three-point shots especially proved devastating for the Gorillas, as Northeastern State made all seven of its 3-point shots after halftime.
    Meanwhile, the Gorillas attempted 31 of their 53 shots from behind the 3-point line and shot 25.8 percent from deep, 8-31. Pitt State received six points from its posts Lauren Brown and Kylie Gafford, three apiece.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Defensively, they’re just really good,” Lord said. “They try and make you make shots. When you shoot 30 percent, obviously we didn’t make shots.”
    The RiverHawks proved efficient with the basketball — 15 assists on 26 made field goals and a 3:1 turnover ratio, 15 assists-five turnovers.
    Tosha Tyler led all scorers with 19 points and had four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Lewis finished with 17 points and three assists. Sarah Green had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
    The Gorillas were led by Jeronimus’ 19 points and Alexa Bordewick added nine, Drew Roberts eight and Westhoff seven.
    With its win, Northeastern State (12-5, 7-2 MIAA) broke its tie with Pitt State (12-5, 6-3) in the MIAA standings and the RiverHawks trail only the Lady Blues of Washburn (11-3, 5-1).
    The RiverHawks have four consecutive wins at home against ranked opponents: Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Washburn and Pitt State.
    In other games Wednesday, Central Missouri returned to the win column with a 74-71 overtime win over Missouri Western and Emporia State defeated skidding Missouri Southern 68-52. Frontenac native Emily Barto played 12 minutes for the Hornets, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out one assist.
    Pitt State receives a bye on Saturday and completes its road stretch next Wednesday against Missouri Western and next Saturday against Washburn.

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