NWC 89, Idaho All Stars 62
Playing in the North Idaho Classic last week, the Lady Trappers first faced off against the Idaho All Stars and won 89-62.
Head coach Janis Beal said she was proud of the girls for riding on a bus for 10 hours and then being ready to play.
“I thought they did a good job with the energy,” said Beal, adding that the Lady Trappers really got things going in the second half.
The score going into halftime was 48-30, NWC, after the Lady Trappers erupted for 35 points in the second quarter.
Beal felt that the Idaho All Stars were a good team, featuring three or four former Division I players from colleges such as Arizona State.
Kaylee Brown came off the bench and led NWC in scoring with 23 points.
“She did really well for us,” Beal said of Brown. “She’s been working really hard on her shot just to gain some consistency and I think that’s a game that really showed that work.”
Also scoring in double digits were Dallas Petties with 13, Julynne Silva with 12 and Kira Marlow with 11.
Petties led in boards with eight, six on defense on two on offense. Dani McManamen, Silva and Samantha McCrorey each had five rebounds.
Marlow had four steals to lead the team and 11 of the 12 players had at least one steal.
The Lady Trappers shot 88.5 percent from the free throw line, 53.7 percent in 2-point shots and 53.3 percent from the 3-point arc.
North Idaho College 67, NWC 64
NWC’s second game of the North Idaho Classic came on Nov. 17 against the hosting school, North Idaho College.
“That’s a game that ultimately we can learn a lot from,” Beal said of the 67-64 overtime loss. “The value and importance of one possession is very evident in that game.”
The Lady Trappers had a four-point lead with 1 1/2 minutes left to play but between turnovers and missed baskets, North Idaho was able to force overtime.
“The thing is if we just do one of those better, we win the game and we don’t even go to overtime,” Beal said of the turnovers and missed baskets.
Beal said she hopes if the Lady Trappers find themselves in a similar situation, where the score is tight toward the end of the game, “we can fall back on the experience gained there and hopefully come out on the top end.”
McManamen led with 12 points, followed by Silva and Charri McArthur with 11 points apiece.
Tayla Sayer led with eight rebounds — all defensive — followed by Petties with seven (five offensive and two defensive) and McManamen with six (five on defense, one on offense).
Sayer also led in assists, with four.
Overall, the team had seven steals compared to the five from North Idaho College.
As a team, the Lady Trappers outshot the Lady Cardinals. NWC shot 75.8 percent from the free throw line, 21.4 percent from the arc and 32.7 percent from inside the arc; the Lady Cardinals shot 68.2 percent from the free throw line, 20.7 percent from the 3-point line and 31.1 percent from inside the arc.
NWC had 31 turnovers compared to the 18 from North Idaho College.
“Hopefully we can learn from it,” said Beal. “Otherwise it’s just a loss, but if we can learn from it, it’s a positive for us.”
NWC 78, Okanagan College 50
The final game of the North Idaho Classic came against Okanagan College out of Canada.
Beal described the game as “good” in that everyone got to play and everyone scored.
Each member of the Lady Trappers’ squad put points up on the board with three players hitting double digits: McArthur led with 14 points while Alexi Payne and Brown each scored 11 points.
Throughout the three games at the North Idaho Classic, NWC had seven players score in double digits.
Beal said she likes that the Lady Trappers are well rounded in the scoring because “it shows us as a team — opponents can’t focus on one player.”
The Lady Trappers also forced 23 turnovers with 18 steals, while the Lady Coyotes forced only 15 turnovers with six steals.
McArthur led NWC with four steals, while Sayer, Payne and Brown each had three.
Sayer led in rebounds with six, split evenly between offensive and defensive boards, and McManamen had five — all on offense.
In assists, Sayer had five and Tala Aumua-Tuisavura had three.
In shot percentages, the Lady Trappers shot 64.7 percent from the line, 36.4 percent from the arc and 28.6 percent from inside the arc.
In summarizing up the Idaho tournament, Beal said that “it’s good to be able to go play some teams that you’ve never seen and no matter who’s in front of you, you got to play. No matter the score, or the opponent just being able to come out and focus on how we play is a good thing for us.”
“Until we start region play, every single one of these games is [a learning process],” the coach added, “Still learning what the freshmen can do, still learning the pieces of how our freshmen and sophomores fit together. That’s what all these games are for.”
NWC 75, LCCC 56
After a rough first half and being down 32-23 to Laramie County Community College, NWC rallied in the second half to pull off a 75-56 win on Tuesday night in the Cabre Gym.
“I don’t feel like Laramie County did a lot different the second half; I feel it was kind of our energy level,” Beal said of the turnaround.
At halftime, Beal said she talked with her team about how they were “kind of going to a spot, to go to a spot with no intent to attack the basket or to score or get in scoring position.”
“We were just going through the motions and I think that was kind of on the defensive side as well,” Beal said. “We were just there; we weren’t getting out on shooters.”
Beal explained that LCCC is a team “that can shoot the three really well.”
In the first half, LCCC took 12 shots from beyond the arc, but NWC limited them to six 3-point tries in the second half.
The Lady Trappers also put more pressure inside the arc as well, decreasing the amount of LCCC’s shots from the field from 34 in the first half to 24 in the second.
“They were beating us in every aspect of the game and we had to change that with our intensity level,” said Beal, who was pleased with the team’s second half.
LCCC had only six turnovers in the opening half, but ended the game with 24; meanwhile, NWC had nine turnovers at halftime and ended up with 16.
“Seems like that everything goes a little better with just some energy,” Beal said — adding that includes everything, free throws, rebounding, steals and taking care of the ball.
Brown led in points with 11.
“She’s done a good job coming off the bench and being aggressive,” Beal said.
Also scoring in double digits were Marlow and Petties with 10 each.
Sayer led in rebounds with eight — five on defense and three on offense.
“She’s just a kid that works hard and that’s what rebounding is ... just the desire to work hard and go get it,” Beal said of Sayer. The coach said McManamen is the same way.
“Those two kids are not the biggest kids but they’re some of the hardest working kids and that’s what rebounding is,” Beal said.
McManamen was second highest on the team with seven boards, four offensive and three defensive.
Free throws were also a big factor in the win for the Lady Trappers, as NWC shot 77.8 percent from the line while LCCC shot just 47.6 percent.
Next up for the Lady Trapper basketball team is another road trip, to the College of Southern Idaho Tournament, where they’ll play Arizona Western College on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Tohono O’odham Community College at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.