“That was a nice win to get,” Trapper head coach Janis Beal said of Friday’s victory. “It was a close game most of the way and it was nice to get that sort of experience this early in the season.”
Augusto’s free throws came with the Trappers clinging to a two-point advantage and helped turn the contest into a two-possession game. Williston State did its part to make life interesting by connecting on a 3-point shot, but was forced to intentionally foul with 1.2 seconds remaining. After a Northwest miss at the foul stripe, Williston was unable to get off a shot before time expired.
Imari Simpson led Northwest with 15 points and finished as one of four Trappers in double figures. Augusto added 13 points, Kennedy Allen had 12 points in limited action and Savannah Minder finished with 10 points.
“We had to limit Kennedy tonight,” Beal said, explaining the team’s returning scoring leader had suffered a minor injury earlier in the week. “She wasn’t able to get in the flow really because she was in for two minutes and then we pulled her out. In another two and back out. She came up big in the second half when we needed her though. Imari did a terrific job of stepping up and taking some of those extra minutes. She’s a bit undersized, but she’s so athletic and she showed that tonight.”
Allen’s 12 points came in just under 10 minutes of court time.
Leslie Thronburg finished with 10 rebounds against a consderably taller Williston State lineup. The Tetons out-rebounded NWC by a 43-28 margin, but the Trappers countered by forcing 16 Williston State turnovers.
Neither team managed more than a five-point lead in the second half as the contest remained nip-and-tuck throughout much of the evening.
After enduring some nervous moments on Friday, the Trapper women had no such worries on Saturday. Northwest College overcame a sluggish first-half of shooting with a stifling defensive effort to defeat the Northwest All-Stars 67-19.
The Trappers held the All-Stars to just six points in the second half as they built upon a 25-13 midgame advantage.
“In the second half, we were a little more patient and we were able to get better shots, and we were shooting the ball better as well,” said Beal.
The Trappers struggled for 29.4 percent shooting in the first half. After the break, the team connected on better than 53 percent of its shots, including 4-for-10 from behind the arc.
Thronburg finished with 12 points. Estefania Vilela added 11 points in just 13 minutes of action. Minder had seven points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the game. Both the rebounding figure and the assists total were team-highs for the Trappers.
“The nice thing was that everyone who was able got out there and got some good minutes,” Beal said of the lopsided result. “Everyone we played tonight scored for us, and it’s always nice when you can do that.”
The wins improve the Trappers to 3-3. The team travels to Salt Lake City this weekend for a two-day tournament. The Trappers face Salt Lake and Utah State-Eastern, formerly known as Eastern Utah.
“Those will be two tough games for us, so hopefully we can use this momentum when we’re out there,” said Beal.
Northwest 65, Williston St. 64
Minder 10, Augusto 13, Thronburg 5, Simpson 15, Si. Williams 4, Allen 12, Vilela 2, Winterholler 2, Blackburn 2.
Northwest 67, NW All-Stars 19
Minder 7, Augusto 9, Allen 2, Thronburg 12, Blackburn 4, Si. Williams 5, Vilela 11, Winterholler 7, Lund 2, Simpson 8