Cougars end first semester with win

Kelsey Doddridge paced the Cougars with 18

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Kelsey Doddridge and Mauriissa Ortega combined for 35 points and the Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team put behind them the events that unfolded this weekend in running past Colorado Christian University junior varsity 71-53 on Tuesday night.

Doddridge and Ortega each popped in three 3-pointers on their way to an outstanding night. Doddredige finished with a game-high 18 points while Ortega finished with 16 points.

"This was a good win for us," WNCC coach Dave Harnish said. "It was the last game of the semester and what the team has gone through the last few days. It was a good win to finish off the semester and go into break."

Harnish said the team played well, especially in the second half and had a 30-point lead late to finish the first semester.

"The first half we struggled a little bit. We were only up by 13 at halftime. In the second half we came out and played really well," he said. "We got the lead up to a 30-point lead and then didn't finish real strong the last four or five minutes of the game.

The No.6 ranked Cougars, who were playing without a number of starters in the game, flexed their depth in the contest. Ashley Stevens and Mikayla Brower finished with nine points each behind Doddridge's and Ortega's double-figure night. Brower netted also made a 3-pointer as the Cougars buried seven on the night.

Harnish said this team has plenty of depth and scoring power.

"This was a good night to play everybody. Everybody got to play that suited up and they did a decent job," he said. "This is a good way to finish off the semester."

The Cougars will be off until Jan. 7 when they travel to Goodland, Kan., to take on Northwest Kansas Technical College. After that, they will face Lamar Community College on the road to open sub-region play.

Harnish said with the way they are playing he really don't want to take that four-week break of non-playing.

"This is a bad time for us to have a break," he said. "We are playing so well and you really don't want to stop; you want to keep playing while the team is playing well for pretty much the whole semester. You are always scared with the 3-week break what they are going to come back like. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off. It would be nice to keep on going and not stop. With the win tonight, they will have a positive attitude, work hard over break, and come back and start up where we ended."

WNCC 32 39 – 71

CCUJV 19 34 – 53

WNCC

Simone Evans 5, Kelsey Doddridge 18, Ashley Stevens 9, Laurin Rivera 5, Mikayla Brower 9, Katie Kerkhoff 4, Michelle Brassard 5, Maurissa Ortega 16.

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