(Miles City, MT) A huge crowd packed into the Kailey Gymnasium to watch the Pioneers take on the Bismarck State Mystics in the Region XIII Championship game on Sunday. The winner of this game would advance and the loser's season would come to an end. The Mystics got on the board first, but it wasn't long before the Pioneers took the lead back and found themselves up 17-15 after one quarter of play. MCC started to build a lead and pull away a little in the second to take a 42-33 lead into the half. The story of the second half was foul trouble. Four Pioneers fouled out in the second half of play, and two more had four fouls. Despite foul trouble, the Pioneer bench was able to keep MCC in the game and hold off a late run by the Mystics. The Pioneers pulled out the victory, 82-75 to become the 2019 Region XIII Champions.
"I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to coach these young women," commented head coach Nate Vogel. "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 everyday and being around my team."
Lucia Salazar was the leading scorer with 21, followed by Bre Moea'i with 15, Patrycja Jaworska with 12, and Claire Borot with 12. Moea'i led the team in rebounds with 7, followed by Salazar with 6. Jaworska had six assists to lead the Pioneers and Salazar added four steals.
Patrycja Jaworska was named Region XIII Tournament Co-MVP and head coach Nate Vogel was named Region XIII Coach of the Year.
The Pioneers will now travel to Illinois to face the winner of Region IV on Saturday, March 9.