MILES CITY — Lucia Salazar scored 21 points and had six rebounds as Miles Community College withstood a 44-point output by Amber Stevahn and defeated Bismarck State 82-75 in the championship game of the Region XIII women's basketball tournament at Kailey Gymnasium on Sunday.
MCC, the tourney host and top seed, improved to 32-0 and is ranked 17th in the country. The Pioneers will now travel to Illinois to play the winner of the Region IV tournament on March 9. The winner of that game advances to The NJCAA DI Women’s Basketball Championships March 18-23 in Lubbock, Texas.
Bismarck State, the third seed, finishes its campaign 23-7.
After a tight first quarter that ended with the Pioneers up by two, 17-15, MCC outscored Bismarck State 25-18 in the second stanza and led 42-33 at intermission.
Both teams faced foul trouble after the break. Four Pioneers fouled out in the second half and the Mystics ended the contest with two players fouling out.
Bre Moea'i scored 15 points for the Pioneers, while Patrycja Jaworska and Claire Borot each added 12.
"I am very thankful to have the opportunity to coach these young women," said MCC coach Nate Vogel in a school press release. "I'm just happy to be on this journey with them. Not only are they talented basketball players, but they're even better people. I love coming to work every day and being around my team."