LADY EAGLES GET FIRST WIN

Posted 4 months ago

By John Axtell

Kattie Ranta

Kattie Ranta

CHADRON — Senior forward Kattie Rant’s 6th straight double-double, 22 points and 14 rebounds helped lead the Chadron State College women to their first victory in seven starts this season, a 68-59 decision over Colorado School of Mines on Saturday afternoon in Chadron.

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, with each missing their first 10 shots. It took the Eagles over 5:00 to get on the board and Mines nearly 8:00, but then Ranta and teammate Kayli Rageth got hot.

Ranta had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first 13-minutes of the game while Rageth, who was scoreless during that same period, scored 15 in the final 7:00 minutes of the half en route to 18 on the neight.

The Eagles led 38-21 at halftime. Two jumpers by Ranta quickly gave the Eagles a 2-to-1 margin at 42-21, but the Orediggers outscored CSC 20-4 over the next eight minutes to cut the difference to just 46-41.

Mines never got closer and Chadron State staved off three straight 3-pointers by the visitors by making 9 of 11 free throws in the final minute. The foul line was the difference as the Eagles made 23-31 while Mines was just 8-14.

Courtney Gallo, a 5-foot-8 senior, was the Orediggers’ only double-figure scorer with 23 points. Her shooting included five of 13 from behind the arc.

The Eagles will return to action at 2 p.m. today (Sunday) by hosting Colorado Christian, while Mines will play at the same time against Black Hills State in Spearfish.