The Westminster women’s basketball team finished its regular season Friday defeating Dixie State University, 72-69 — securing its third place standing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Griffins and Trailblazers battled back and forth for the lead throughout the first quarter with Westminster ending the quarter with a one-point lead. The team started the second quarter strong with junior Sarah McGinley making two consecutive three-pointers.
The quarter continued with the Griffins and Trailblazers overtaking each other for the lead until the Griffins pulled out ahead and developed a double-digit lead in the final three minutes of the quarter.
Westminster maintained their double-digit lead in the third period, but the Trailblazers made a comeback and tied the game, 53-53, in the final three minutes.
Both teams continued to tie the game throughout the fourth quarter. With a little over one minute remaining, junior Hunter Krebs made a layup and junior Kaylee Carlsen made a three-pointer cementing the win for the Griffins.
“Such a tough battle tonight,” Head Coach Shelley Jarrard said afterward. “I’m happy we ended up on top and proud of our group and the plays they made at crunch time.”
Krebs made five three-pointers to lead all scorers with 21 points. McGinley made 14 points and Carlsen made 10 points.
“Dixie is a very good team with high scoring potential. This one could have gone either way.”
This was the final game of the regular season for seniors Rian Rawlings and Kaitlin Toluono.
The Griffins go on to play South Dakota School of Mines on Tuesday in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Quarter-Finals.
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