Ellendale, ND: Trinity Bible College Basketball received the honor of hosting a busy weekend of basketball at Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse. The Lions Basketball teams welcomed their three North Central Region opponents to Ellendale, ND for the weekend. The teams were Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles, North Central University Rams and Providence University College Freemen. The Lady Lions got the chance to play all three region opponents in three straight days. The weekend of basketball hoops action kicked off with a matchup of North Central University Rams versus Providence University College Freemen. North Central University came out victorious over Providence University College 72 to 44. The Lady Lions first game Friday night saw them up against Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles.
The Lady Lions came out hot as they would jump out to a big lead early using a 15 to 0 run to open the game in the first 4 minutes of the game. They kept the pressure on as they would push their 15 point lead to 23 points with 10 minutes left in the half the Lady Lions were on top 31 to 8 over Faith Baptist. The Lady Lions strong first half was paced by junior guard Kylie Flemmer’s 11 points, while Aaren LaRose dropped in 8 points off the bench. The Lady Lions shot 35 percent from the field in the first half and converted 12 of 16 free throw attempts (75 percent). The Lady Lions defense held Faith to just 28 percent (6 for 21) shooting from the field and forced 25 first half turnovers.
In the second half the Lady Lions got a chance to play all 13 of its players, while giving the starters a chance to rest. The Lady Lions were led in the second half by freshman guard SaraLi Petersen’s 6 points off the bench and freshman guard Lauren Fischer add 5 points as well. Faith Baptist did out score the Lady Lions in the second half 28 to 26. The Lady Lions shot 31 percent (11 for 35) from the field and held Faith to 33 percent (9 for 27). The Lady Lions forced 25 more Faith turnovers in the second half while getting 15 steals and 6 offensive boards. The Lady Lions won 70 to 42.
In the win the Lady Lions had three players reach double figures led by junior guard Kylie Flemmer’s 11 points, Aaren LaRose finished with 10 points off the bench and SaraLi Petersen also pitched in 10 points off the bench. The Lady Lions shot 33 percent (26 for 77) from the field for the game and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds. The win moves the Lady Lions to 5-5 on the season.
On Saturday the games kicked off at 12pm with Faith Baptist Bible College playing Providence University College in which Providence came out on top 64 to 50. The Lady Lions then faced off against rival North Central University at 4pm.
The first half was a battle which saw many lead changes and ties between the two teams. Just as the Lady Lions gained control before half North Central went on a run to take the lead back 25 to 24 going into the break. The Lady Lions were shooting only 31 percent (10 for 32) from the field and were very cold from 3 point land going 1 for 13 (.077 percent). North Central converted 33 percent (9 for 27) from the field and both teams had 16 turnovers at halftime. The Lady Lions were being paced by Treva Nutter who was leading all scorers with 11 points and 5 rebounds at half.
The second half opened with the Lady Lions going on a 16 to 5 run to take a 10 point lead 40 to 30 with 13 minutes left in the game. The Lady Lions then used a 17 to 10 run to push the lead to 17 points with 4 minutes left. Trinity finished the game on a 16 to 11 run to hold on to beat North Central by 22 points 73 to 51. The Lady Lions outscored North Central in the second half 49 to 26.
In the win the Lady Lions were led by senior guard Treva Nutter who led all scorers with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals. Treva shot 9 for 18 from the field (50 percent) and converted 15 of 19 free throws. Joining Treva in double figures was freshman guard Aaren LaRose who scored 15 points off the bench, making 5 for 11 on threes. Junior Kayla Droste led all players with 13 rebounds. The win moves the Lady Lions to 6-5 on the season.
Sunday afternoon saw the final matchup of North Central Region teams and the third game in three days for both Trinity Bible College and Providence University College. The Lady Lions came out with a lot of energy early as they junior guard Kylie Flemmer would get two steals and two layups to start the game and she was fouled on the second for an and-one giving the Lions a quick 5 to 0 lead over the Freemen. The Lady Lions then went on a 24 to 8 run taking a point lead with 9 minutes left in the first half. Providence would not quit however as they would out score the Lady Lions 20 to 13 over the last nine minutes cutting the Lady Lions lead to just 11 going in to halftime 37 to 28. The Lady Lions again were led at halftime by junior guard Kylie Flemmer’s 10 points; with senior guard Shianne Montgomery and junior post Kayla Droste both adding 6 points respectively.
Early in the second half the Lady Lions pushed the lead to 14 points with ten minutes left and the Lady Lions then rested their starters and all 13 players got a chance to play. Trinity’s biggest lead came with 4 minutes left 76 to 54. The Lady Lions were paced in the second half by Shianne Montgomery who added 10 second half points. While Kayla Droste added 10 second half rebounds.
In the win the Lady Lions were led by junior post Kayla Droste’s double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds (10 offensive). Shianne Montgomery finished the game with 16 points and 5 steals, while Kylie Flemmer and sophomore post Mariah Elliott both added 10 points apiece. The Lady Lions shot 41 percent (29 for 70) for the game and forced 51 Providence turnovers. The win moves the Lady Lions to 7-5 on the year with two games left in the first half of the year.
The Lady Lions travel south on highway 281 to face off against the Presentation College Saints on Tuesday, December 4th at 5:30pm at the Strode Activity Center in Aberdeen, SD. They then finish the first semester playing at Valley City State University on Friday, December 7th at 5:30pm.