Gillette, Wyo.-- On paper, it looked to be a great contest. Two, 15-win teams going against each other on a Monday night. That was the case for the Tetons of Williston State and the Pronghorn women. The Tetons had a 10-game winning streak coming into the game as well. The game lived up to expectations, as (#13) Gillette College (16-3) took down the Tetons (15-3), 78-63 at the South Campus.
The Tetons started out the game with a 5-2 run, but Keke Wright helped right the ship for the Pronghorns as Gillette College tied it up a seven points apiece. The first half turned into a shooting duel for the two teams. There were eight lead changes and seven ties in the first stanza.
Six Tetons scored five points or more in the first half, but Chelsie Pitt was on fire from beyond the arc for the Pronghorns. Pitt went five for six for three-pointers in the first half with Wright pulling down 10 points. Five others also put points on the board for the Pronghorns to give Gillette College a 45-36 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Tetons came out with a small 4-0 run, but it quickly diminished as Gillette College went right back into scoring mode. The Pronghorns led by as much as twenty points in the game.
Head Coach Will Rider for the Pronghorns said the key to the game would be playing well against the Tetons bigs and crashing the boards. The Pronghorns lost in the rebound battle, 52 to 42, but with the way Freya Newton seemed to be flying around the ball Monday night, you would not have thought that. Newton hit her streak in the second half, too. She sank 19 of her 24 points in the second stanza, that mark was the game-high for all players on both teams.
Despite not winning the rebound battle, the Pronghorns' fast tempo game that wore down the bigs for the Tetons and the 13 steals Gillette College took from Williston State made up for the difference. Gillette College also improved on its free throw percentage- it went 17 for 21 from the charity stripe.
Maggie Lorenz had the Tetons high of 14 points in the game.
Both the Pronghorn men and women host Central Wyoming College on Wednesday. Fans will want to make it out to the games. A lucky spectator will have a chance to make a half-court shot at halftime of the men's game to win a car from White's Frontier Motors or White's Energy Motors. If you can't make the games on Wednesday, you can hear both contests on 93.3 The Legend and online at https://www.network1sports.com/station/kled. The women tip off at 5:30pm, the men at 7:30pm.
Pronghorn Scoring Summary
Freya Newton- 24
Chelsie Pitt- 18
Keke Wright- 14
Alicia Carline- 7
Christina Davis- 4
Kiela Garner- 4
Chelsea Ullery- 3
Halli Stocklin- 2
Breanna Thomas- 2