GOODLAND, KS — For a while it looked like Northwest Tech might get a sweep of the visiting Pratt Community College Beavers on Saturday afternoon inside the Max Jones Fieldhouse. But, after it was all said and done, only the Lady Mav’s would come away with a 79-73 win while the men lost late, 75-72.
LADY MAV’S 79 LADY BEAVERS 73
The last time Pratt & Northwest Tech meet back in January, the Lady Mavs’ saw a six point lead with a minute left end up in a loss. Once again on Saturday, Tech led by ten going into the fourth quarter but would see the lead dwindle to two before knocking down foul shots in the last two minutes to seal win number two on the season, 79-73.
Northwest Tech (2-24, 2-16 in KJCCC), who was down 3 nothing even before the tip due to two technical fouls for uniform and faulty shot clock issues, would find a way to tie the game up at the end of the first quarter at 18 all. Tech would really make its mark in the second period outscored Pratt 27-18 to lead 45-36 at halftime.
Despite Pratt making some halftime adjustments deciding to attack the basket against the smaller Tech team, Northwest kept their lead at ten, 63-53, going into the fourth. Pratt’s Courtney Cleveland would lead the Lady Beavers back to within two before Mavericks star, N’Dea Flye would knock down six straight free throws to ice the game.
Flye led all scorers with 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds for her 6th career double-double. Flye combined with Josie Cooks 22 points combined for 51 of the 75 for Northwest Tech. Taylor Watkins got into double figures for the second straight game with 11 points. As a team Northwest Tech used the three point line to their advantage knocking down season-high 16 of 38 three point attempts in the win.
Pratt (17-10, 10-9 in KJCCC) was led by a Courtney Cleveland who scored a career high 27 points and Rylee Alexander who contributed 19 points including three made three’s.
HEAD COACH BROCK KIMBALL:
BEAVERS 75 MAVERICKS 72
The Northwest Tech Maverick men looked like they were going to snap a three game losing streak for 80 percent of the game against Pratt Community College on Saturday but like a handful of games this year for Tech, the Mavericks struggled to close and ended up surrendering the lead with 69 seconds left and fall on a last second three pointer from Teddy Fifer from 25 feet, 75-72.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the hoop early on but the Mavericks would lead at the media timeout 17-11 and would stretch out the lead to ten by halftime, 39-29. Tech would push the lead to 13 early on in the second half, but just before the second half media timeout Pratt would start to cut into the lead and make it just an eight point game with 7:36 left.
Northwest Tech (12-15, 4-14 in KJCCC) kept settling for jump shots as the end of the game drew nearer and the Beavers would go up by three with just under a minute to play. After a Tech timeout Chris Freeman buried a three pointer to tie the game at 72 with 20-seconds remaining but Fifer with answer with a three of his own from way beyond NBA range to make it 75-72. Freeman would get another look from three from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded but it went off the front rim to hand the Mav’s another loss.
Sophomore Chris Freeman led Tech with a career-high tying 26 points. Miles Gibson contributed 16 points in the Mav’s fourth straight defeat. Pratt (12-16, 5-14 in KJCCC) was led by Teddy Fifer who had a game-high 29 points, 20 points coming in the second half. Blake Furcron chipped in 18. Beavers made nine three pointers in the second half being held to just one in the first.
HEAD COACH NATE PADIA:
UP NEXT: Northwest Tech heads to Garden City for a double header on Monday. Pratt will be a Dodge City on Wednesday