YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA: The Royals traveled to Yankton, South Dakota, to play the Mt. Marty College Lancers on Tuesday, December 12. The Royals lost to the Lancers at home 48-74 earlier this season. This game, the Royals hung with the Lancers for 3 quarters: at half, the Royals were down 33-43. At the end of the third quarter, the Royals were only down by 9 at 46-55, but the Lancers pulled away in the fourth quarter to win the game 56-89. The Royals' record now stands at 7-8.
In the first quarter, the Lancers gained an early 0-5 lead; the Royals came back to tie the score at 8 with six and a half minutes left in the quarter. The teams stayed within 4 points of each other until Mt. Marty gained a 6-point lead late in the quarter; at the end of the first quarter, the Royals were down 17-23. In the second quarter, the Royals went on a 7-1 run to tie the score for the third time at 24-24; after being tied at 27 with just under 8 minutes left in the half, the Lancers pulled ahead to extend their lead to 10 points at 33-43 at the half.
In the second half, the Royals worked to cut the Lancers' lead down to as few as 5 points at 40-45 with just under 7 minutes left in the third quarter. The Lancers responded with a 10-2 run to bring the score to 42-55 with a minute left; the Royals closed the quarter with a 4-point play from Darielle Evans to bring the score to 46-55. In the fourth quarter, the Royals scored a quick 2 points only for the Lancers to go on a 26-3 run, fueled by 6 3-pointers in 6 minutes. The Lancers continued to extend their lead, scoring 34 total points while holding the Royals to a mere 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Royals ultimately fell to the Lancers 56-89.
The Royals shot 37.5% from the field (21 of 56), 29.4% from the 3-point line (5 of 17), and 81.8% from the free throw line (9 of 11). The Lancers shot 48.4% from the field (31 of 64), 51.2% from the 3-point line (21 of 41), and 60% from the free throw line (6 of 10). The Royals grabbed 33 rebounds, 8 offensive and 25 defensive, and the Lancers grabbed 39 rebounds, 11 offensive and 28 defensive. The Royals had 12 points off turnovers, 7 second-chance points, and 9 bench points, while the Lancers had 11 points off turnovers, 8 second-chance points, and 23 bench points.
Tschida Johnson and Karen Orozco led the Royals in scoring with 14 points each. Johnson also grabbed 8 rebounds while Orozco grabbed 4. Darielle Evans scored in double digits for the thirteenth time this season with 10 points. Marisa Brown was one point away from a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Four of the Lancers scored in double digits, led by Karissa Chamley with a game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds. Ali Kuca contributed 12 points, and Danielle Wieseler and Sarah Castaneda each contributed 10 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will lay their last game of the semester at home against the Sterling College Knights on Friday, December 15, starting at 6 p.m.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff