Sometimes the journey can be more important than the result. That was the case for the Central Lakes women’s basketball team in their season opener against Division I opponent Bismarck State.
On the scoreboard, the Mystics handled the Raiders by a 78-50 score. They led 46-26 at the half, due mostly to cold shooting from CLC and very good shooting from behind the arc by Bismarck State.
Taalyr Egeness led the outside attack for the Raiders with 14 points. The inside tandem of Lindsay Monson and Jalynn Lamb scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Bismarck State was led by Chloe Gunville with 21 points, including 12 from behind the three point arc. The Mystics hit a total of 11 shots from three point range.
CLC Coach Dennis Eastman and his team knew that their competition would be tough and he was happy with the effort they put out in the loss.
“They know the competition and that it will be one of the better teams that we play against,” Eastman said. “They are a good team and shoot extremely well. You have to have your sea legs underneath of you. We didn’t have them but we are getting there. I am disappointed that we lost but not in the effort that I saw.”
In the first half, the Raiders had good looks at the basket but failed to convert. CLC trailed 37-17 in the first half before putting together a six point run with Lamb hitting four of her 10 first half points. The Mystics, however, responded with six points of their own to build a 46-26 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Raiders brought tougher defense and were able to make things much tougher for Bismarck State inside. They also were able to prevent open three point looks and held the Mystics to 32 second half points.
CLC could only manage one six point run on the offensive side with Monson scoring four of the six points in the one run and finishing with 12 points in the second half.
“I was very happy with the shot selection. We had a lot of inside shots that we missed but that will come,” Eastman said. “It’s our first night and in the second half we played better. The girls even said it in the locker room that in the second half we got to know each other better and that’s what it’s all about. This is a first step and you have to learn to walk before you can run.”
On Saturday afternoon, the Raiders will get their second look at the Mystics. Eastman sees positives in the team’s performance with brighter days hopefully ahead.
“They were recognizing a little bit better in the second half,” he said. “We’ve had a team that comes in and works with us on Monday night and they are pretty good but it’s still not a game situation. This is our first game and the speed is totally different. I could see the picture but we just need to paint a little bit better.”
Bismarck State 46 32 — 78
Central Lakes 26 24 — 50
Chloe Gunville 21, Alexis Archambault 11, ReeAnn Mehus 11, KaDee Berger 10, Rebecca Magdich 6, Julia Davis 17 , Allison Slaubaugh 2.
Sierra Benning 2, Jessica Kadus 3, Mariya Pierskalla 2, Ashley Arenson 5, Taalyr Egeness 14, Carlie Sweet 2, Lindsay Monson 12, Jalynn Lamb 10. FT 2-6(33 percent).