Rocky basketball teams start season with success, article by contributor Preston Davenport

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The Rocky Mountain College men’s basketball team opened its season on October 26th in the Fortin Education Center taking on cross-town opponent Yellowstone Christian College. YCC is a relatively new team and just began its second season. The Rocky men lead the Centurions the entire matchup and won with a final score of 83-75.

Photo by Ean McLaughlin

Photo by Ean McLaughlin

“I don’t go into any game not expecting a hard-fought game,” said head coach Bill Dreikosen. “We’re learning and I’d rather learn by winning. I’m glad they gave us their best game.”

Senior Zachary Hinton connected on 11-19 field goals and had 11 rebounds. Senior Riley Bradshaw made all 6 of his 3-point attempts. The men played again at home last Friday night against Salish Kooenai College. The game was a blow-out. Rocky won 102-50. Bryden Boehning and Bradshaw both made 7 field goals. The men totaled 50.6% on their field goal attempts, 26.7% on three point attempts, and 75% on free throw attempts.

The Rocky women’s basketball team opened its season on Oct. 22. Head Coach Wes Keller’s squad took on Mount Royal University. The women rolled through the season opener with an 85-50 victory.

After a strong start to the season, head coach Wes Keller said, “We’ve only played one game, but I liked our effort in the first half. We were up 56-17 early, I was a little disappointed with our execution in the second half but it’s always hard to play with a big lead. We have seven or eight new people on the roster and it’s hard to know what to be expect from our program and team, but we’ll take a win.”

The team made 44% of its field goals, 20% of the three point attempts, and 90% of free throw attempts. Guard Keisha Engelhardt tacked on 16 points, forward Eboney Jackson added 10 points, and guard Mikayla Jones scored 17 points.

“We have experience with our newcomers,” said Keller. “The thing I notice is that we have a lot of people that work really hard, which is the biggest thing with this many new people. I’m pleased with our chemistry. They all seem to like each other, they get along, and our returners are bridging the gap for our newcomers. They all learn as they go.”

The women played cross-town rival MSU-Billings on Monday night and lost in overtime with a final score of 67-62.

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