Rocky basketball finds its stride in the new year, article by contributor Preston Davenport

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Photo by Ean McLaughlin

Photo by Ean McLaughlin

While most students departed from campus to return to their respective families in December, the Battlin’ Bear basket- ball teams remained in Billings for a majority of the month continuing their season. The women’s team struggled in December, winning only one matchup against the University of Calgary, 71-61. However, the women were able to work their way out of their funk, winning the past three games in a row against Montana Tech, 63- 51, MSU-Northern, 60-58, and the University of Great Falls, 71-55. Junior Guard Mikayla Jones stood out in the home win against Montana Tech, scoring the team high of 16 points on the night. Junior Keisha Engelhardt also tacked on 14 points and sophomore Justyn Juhl scored 10 points as well.

The women’s win on the road against MSU-Northern was an upset on the number 11 Lights. Senior Jayde LeFevre lead Rocky with 16 points while sophomores Hailee Farstveet and Alecia Chamberlain scored 13 each. Keisha Engelhardt tacked on 11 points for the Battlin’ Bears as well.

Last week the Rocky Women dropped two straight games to Montana Western and Carroll College. The teams’s next home game will be on Feb. 2 against MSU Northern.

The Rocky Men’s Team had their highs and lows during December as well, losing the first three games, winning the following three games, and losing the last two games in the month of December. The men were able to pull off the first two home wins of the semester at the Fortin Education Center against Lewis-Clark State, 81-74, and Montana Tech, 84-55. Chad Kananen continues to perform well this season as he scored the game high 22 points during the home matchup against Lewis-Clark State. Kananen was 8 for 10 for fieldgoals, and 5 for 7 for three pointers. Senior Zachary Hinton also scored 15 points for the Bears, Senior Riley Bradshaw scored 12 points, and senior Taylor Longo and sophomore Craig Wilmore both scored 11 points on the night as well.

This last week the men struggled to find a rhythm when they traveled to Dillon Montana and Helena Montana and lost back to back games to Montana Western and Carroll College.

The Men’s team will also return to the Fortin Center on Feb. 2 to play MSU Northern.

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