The MVCC Lady Hawks entered their final game of the season needing someone to step up big as leading scorer and rebounder sophomore Cheyenne Clark was out of the contest with an ankle injury.
Not only did one Hawk answer the call but all nine remaining Hawks stepped up to the challenge as everyone on the team contributed in one way or another in MVCC's 77-65 win over Anoka-Ramsey. With the win, MVCC took home the third place trophy in the 2017 NJCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
Gianna Locker put the Hawks on the scoreboard by launching a three point bucket. Both teams then traded baskets before the Hawks went down 10-5. Kadijah Jones and Tiffany Jackson scored the last six points of the quarter as MV went ahead 11-10 after one.
The Hawks began the second quarter without freshman Dionna Rogers who left the game with an ankle injury. Jones again stepped up big and poured in 10 points with Bria Wilson connecting twice from beyond the arc as MV took a 31-27 lead into the locker room.
Locker connected on another three with 7:35 left in the third quarter to extend the Hawks lead to 40-31. Wilson's steal and lay-up later in the frame along with Jackson's power layup on a three point play with 2:23 remaining in the third put MV up 49-41. Wilson launched another three pointer to beat the buzzer to end the third with the Hawks ahead 52-45.
Anoka-Ramsey made a run to start the 4th quarter as Rashonna Thomas's three pointer and Lateah Turmon's lay-up brought the Golden Rams within two at 52-50. Wilson answered for MV with another three and Jones putback put MV up 57-52. The teams traded baskets before another deep three from Bria Wilson put the Hawks up 66-57 with 3:22 to play. Wilson followed that with another three and the Hawks never looked back as Jones scored eight points in the period.
Jones finished a monster game with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Bria Wilson connected on six three point baskets, including the two daggers in the fourth quarter, to finish with 22 points. Tiffany Jackson ended the night with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Cheyenne Clark was named to the All Tournament Team and MVCC finishes the season 26-8.
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