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Skylights caged by the Bulldogs in Dillon

 

Last updated 1/11/2021 at 7:43am

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Montana State University-Northern's Peyton Kehr looks to score against Montana Western Sunday afternoon in Dillon. Kehr had a big weekend, but the Skylights lost both games to the Bulldogs.

The Montana State University-Northern Skylights lost a couple of tough, close home games to Carroll College to begin the week. Over the weekend, things didn't get any easier for the Skylights, who took on Montana Western in back-to-back games in Dillon.

Saturday night, the Skylights again were locked in a tough battle, but the Bulldogs prevailed 83-69.

Offensively, both teams played at a high level, with Western outscoring Northern 44-37 in the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs still had the lead heading into a tightly-contested fourth quarter, and while the Skylights narrowed the gap on several occasions, they couldn't get over the hump down the stretch.

Northern shot 40 percent and made seven 3-pointers, while getting 20 points from Peyton Kehr, 17 from Tiara Gilham and 12 by McKenzie Gunter. Cameron Mooney also came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds, as the Skylights also out-rebounded Western 38-29. However, the Dawgs would shoot 50 percent from the field, force Northern into 16 turnovers and get a game-high 23 points from Shainy Mack in the win.

The Skylights were hoping to bounce back Sunday afternoon, but Western had other ideas as the Bulldogs made it a sweep with a 74-69 win.

Northern led 16-15 after the first quarter and wound up shooting 51 percent for the game, but Western took a slim lead at halftime, and then closed the game on a 31-22 run in what was a high-scoring final period. The Bulldogs would shoot 41 percent from the floor but also made 11 3-pointers, including six in the final 20 minutes, as Mack led four in double figures with 17 points.

On the other end, the Skylights played well as Kehr poured in 25 points with five of MSU-N's triples. Mooney added 10 points, and Sydney Hovde and Gilham combined for 16 more as MSU-N fell to 0-4 in the Frontier and 1-7 overall.

"We didn't play well on Saturday," MSU-N head coach Chris Mouat said. "It was a frustrating game because we would get within striking distance and shoot ourselves in the foot. We didn't defend well off of the dribble for the better part of the night and we turned the ball over for far too many points. We gave effort but were our own worst enemy. Today (Sunday), we showed up and battled. Unfortunately the fourth quarter was our undoing. We took a lead into the fourth and had our chances. We just turned it over for points and they got hot from the three-point line. It was a terrible quarter for us but also one we need to learn from. We bounced back from a bad loss and put ourselves in a good spot for 30 minutes. We just need to take better care of the ball and finish.

"We need to have a great week of practice and get ready for games at home. This group has plenty of potential and we will get there. We just need to play much cleaner."

The Skylights will look to get back on track when they return to the Armory Gymnasium Saturday and Sunday for games against Montana Tech.

Western 83, Skylights 69

MSU-Northern 16 21 18 14 - 69

Montana Western 21 23 23 16 - 83

MSU-N - Peyton Kehr 8-15 1-2 20, Tiara Gilham 7-13 1-2 17, Sydney Hovde 1-3 0-0 2, Allix Goldhahn 0-4 2-2 2, Morgan Mason 0-0 0-0 0, Mckenzie Gunter 3-9 4-6 12, Ryley Kehr 1-6 2-2 4, ShaAnn Danelson 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Mooney 4-5 2-2 10, Dulci Skunkcap 0-1 0-0 0, L'Tia Lawrence 1-6 0-0 2, Brandi White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-62 12-16 69

MW - Brynley Fitzgerald 4-13 5-5 15, Natali Denning 3-6 3-4 9, Paige Holmes 3-10 2-3 8, Shainy Mack 9-12 0-2 23, Lilly Gopher 2-3 0-2 5, Sydney Sheridan 2-5 0-0 4, Jayden Winslow 4-5 0-0 9, Margaret Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Mesa King 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 32-62 10-16 83.

3-pt FG:Montana State-Northern 7-27 (Kehr 3-5, Gilham 2-5, Goldhahn 0-4, Gunter 2-6, Kehr 0-2, Skunkcap 0-1, Lawrence 0-4), Montana Western 9-29 (Fitzgerald 2-7, Denning 0-1, Holmes 0-6, Mack 5-8, Gopher 1-2, Sheridan 0-2, Winslow 1-2, King 0-1). Rebounds: Montana State-Northern 38 (Gilham 7, Hovde 7), Montana Western 29 (Fitzgerald 7). Fouls Montana State-Northern 17, Montana Western 16. Fouled out: none.

Western 74, Skylights 69

MSU-Northern 16 13 18 22 - 69

Montana Western 15 15 13 31 - 75

MSU-N - Peyton Kehr 8-15 4-5 25, Tiara Gilham 3-8 1-2 8, Sydney Hovde 4-8 0-0 8, Allix Goldhahn 0-1 2-3 2, Morgan Mason 0-0 0-0 0, Mckenzie Gunter 2-10 2-2 6, Ryley Kehr 3-5 0-0 6, Cameron Mooney 4-4 2-2 10, L'Tia Lawrence 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 26-58 11-14 69.

MW - Brynley Fitzgerald 5-8 2-2 16, Natali Denning 3-5 0-1 8, Paige Holmes 1-7 2-4 5, Shainy Mack 4-8 6-7 17, Lilly Gopher 1-4 0-0 2, Sydney Sheridan 5-12 3-4 14, Jayden Winslow 0-0 0-0 0, Mesa King 5-15 2-3 12. Totals 24-59 15-21 74.

3-pt FG:Montana State-Northern 6-22 (Kehr 5-11, Gilham 1-2, Goldhahn 0-1, Gunter 0-5, Lawrence 0-3), Montana Western 11-27 (Fitzgerald 4-6, Denning 2-4, Holmes 1-4, Mack 3-6, Gopher 0-2, Sheridan 1-4, King 0-1). Rebounds: Montana State-Northern 43 (Hovde 9), Montana Western 26 (Holmes 10). Fouls Montana State-Northern 21, Montana Western 14. Fouled out: Gilham.

 
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