For the first time since 2000, the Chadron State College women’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start. The Eagles slipped past two teams from Texas while opening their season at home last weekend.
Coach Janet Raymer, who was a freshman on the CSC team in 2000-01, said she was pleased with the victories, but admitted the Eagles still have a ways to go before they are ready for RMAC competition.
The Eagles will likely be put to the test this week when they play Concordia of Oregon and Montana State-Billings in a classic that the Yellowjackets are hosting. Raymer called both teams “bigger and more experienced than we are.”
But the coach also saw some good things in her team. She liked their hustle, teamwork and scrappiness. Just three of the 12 Eagles who played in both games saw much action last year.
The Eagles trailed by four points at halftime of both contest. The team’s depth and effort appeared to wear out the visitors both nights.
CSC won the first game 63-56 by outscoring the Dirt Devils 41-30 in the second half. The Eagles’ 19-6 bulge in second chance points was among the factors.
Kalli Feddersen, the Eagles’ top player from a year ago, led in scoring with 16 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Transfer Jessica Lovitt of Mullen and freshman Brooke Turek of Hemingford each added 13 points. Lovitt was the game’s top rebounder with 10.
A wayward Nebraskan, Giger Tantashea of Lincoln, led all scorers with 21 points for International.
The Saturday night game went to the wire, as the 57-56 score indicates. A free throw that transfer Savannah Weidauer made with 14 seconds remaining was the winning point. It also was her only point of the game.
Australian Keeley Pearce, the rangy junior who did not score Friday night, produced a career-high 18 points on Saturday evening to lead the Eagles in the scorebook. Two free throws apiece by Morrill freshman Jessica Harvey and Feddersen allowed CSC to tie the score with 62 second left before Weidauer hit one of two from the line.
A Kingsville 3-point shot at the buzzer missed the mark, allowing the Eagles to survive. The game had 14 lead changes and seven ties during the last three periods.
Besides Pearce’s 18 points, Feddersen contributed both 11 points and 11 rebounds while playing 35 of the 40 minutes for the second night in a row. Turek also reached double digits again with 10 points.
CSC 63, Texas A&M International 56
International—Giger Tantashea 21, Jaden Gonzalez 13, Ashley Perez 7, Veshae Wilkinson 6, Dannia Gonzales 5, Renee Contreras 2, LaShea Rolle 2. Totals: 20-61 (8-26) 8-12 56 points, 37 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
Chadron State—Kalli Fedderen 16, Brooke Turek 13, Jessica Lovitt 13, Jessica Harvey 8, McKenna McClintoc 5, Taryn Foxen 4, Allee Williamson 2, Kendra Baucom 2. Totals: 24-66 (3-16) 12-17 63 points, 49 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
Texas International 13 13 8 22 ----56
Chadron State 9 13 15 26 ----63
CSC 57, Texas A&M-Kingsville 56
Kingsville—Victoria Salinas 11, Jaiton Walls 9, Tatyana McFarland 8, Madison Crawford 8, Angelica Wilson 7, Emmeri Archer 5, Antoinette Shrepee 5, Shaq DeBose 3. Totals: 21-60 (4-17) 10-18 56 points, 39 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
Chadron State—Keeley Pearce 18, Kalli Feddersen 11, Brooke Turek 10, Jessica Harvey 9, Jessica Lovitt 4, Taryn Foxen 2, Kendra Baucom 2, Savannah Weidauer 1. Totals: 17-47 (8-23) 15-20 57 points, 33 rebounds, 25 turnovers.
Texas-Kingsville 15 15 14 12 ----56
Chadron State 15 11 19 12 ----57