ST. CLOUD -- Balanced scoring and strong defense propelled the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball team to a 79-38 win over host St. Cloud Tech Wednesday night. In the men's game, the Bluejays got off to a slow start and lost, 80-54.
Lady Jays 79, St. Cloud Tech 38
The Minnesota West women assumed control early and received contributions from everyone in their breeze past the Cyclones.
Emily Shaffer finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Lexie Ramsey had 14 points. Avery Van Roekel scored 12, M'Kayla Mike scored 11 and Emily Schroer had 10. Haley Unke and Shelby Pourier both added four points off the bench.
Shaffer pulled down 15 rebounds. Mike had seven assists and Unke had five assists.
The victory was West's seventh in the last eight games.
"We just did a really nice job of getting out on transition," said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. "And defensively we just played a great game. I think Lexie Ramsey did a great job. It was a really good team effort."
Shania Nahring scored 16 points to lead St. Cloud Tech.
Lady Jays 20 36 62 79
St. Cloud Tech 8 14 31 38
St. Cloud Tech 80, Bluejays 54
Sure, it was cold outside. It was cold inside, too, at least for Minnesota West.
The Bluejays fell behind nationally-ranked St. Cloud Tech 47-19 in the first half. In that half, they connected on just 28 percent of their 2-point field goals and 16 percent of their 3-point attempts. Turnovers hurt the visitors, which led to Tech attempting 46 first-half shots to just 27 for Minnesota West.
Jaimon Cheek led West with 17 points and Chris Morales had 16 to go along with three assists. Gary Smith had seven rebounds.
Dillon Haider scored 17 points to lead St. Cloud Tech.
Both the Lady Jays and the Bluejays travel to play Western Tech on Saturday.
Bluejays 19 54
St. Cloud Tech 47 80