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By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

North Country Mavs Busy Two Weeks

Battle Spartans, Coyotes, Lions and Bearcubs


January 22, 2020

The North Country Mavericks traveled to Scobey on Jan. 10 trying to secure a win against the class C powerhouse Scobey Spartans. The girls battled hard, succumbing to the Spartans by a mere two points while the boys could not keep up with the Spartans’ offense, losing 63 to 28.

“It was a very physical and technical game and we came up just two points short. We talked about the importance of winning the rebounding war every game and have been working a lot on it in practice but that is one area we didn’t get the job done and a big reason why we lost the game,” said Maverick coach Amber Erickson. Kaitlyn McColly led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds followed by Kia Wasson with 15 points.

The boys’ game saw the Spartans gain an early lead in the first quarter, scoring 16 points compared to the Mavericks’ six. As the first half continued on, the Mavericks couldn’t close the lead gap, only scoring six more points in the second quarter compared to the Spartans’ 18 points. The second half didn’t see any improvement for the Mavericks, only scoring eight points in both the third and fourth quarter compared to the Spartan’s 21 points in the third and eight in the fourth. Top scorers for the Mavericks included Beau Simonson with 11 points and Loden Idler with seven points.

The Mavericks hoped for a different outcome the next day, when they traveled to Saco to play the Dodson Coyotes on Jan. 11. The girls won by a bigger margin than the day before, 46 to 29, while the boys continued to struggle, losing 50 to 39.

“We came out a little flat and tired from the hard fought game against Scobey the night before. We picked things up after the half and buckled down and played better defense. Our overall team rebounding was much better but our turnovers were still higher than we want them to be,” said Lady Mavs coach Erickson. Leading the team was Kaitlyn McColly with 18 points and three assists, followed by Kia Wasson with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Jaycee Erickson with seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

The boys’ side saw Dodson with an early lead scoring 11 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the second quarter compared to the Mavericks’ eight and 10. Maverick Loden Idler tried to close the lead in the third quarter with two completed two-pointers and one three-pointer, however Dodson came back in the fourth quarter with three three-pointers and multiple two-pointers, scoring a total of 17 points throughout the quarter. Top-scorers for the Mavericks included Idler with 14 points followed by Simonson with nine points.

The following weekend, the Mavericks traveled to Lustre on Jan. 17, where the boys lost 43-53 and the girls won 52-14. “We had a great weekend of basketball. The girls’ pressure defense is improving every game and our press really helped us jump out and get early leads right from the start against Lustre and Frazer.” said coach Erickson. Top scorers included Kaitlyn McColly with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, followed by Kia Wasson with seven points and five assists; Jaycee Erickson with seven points and six steals, Jaydyn Erickson with six points; Kelsee Cummings with five points and five rebounds; and Elise Strommen with four points and two assists.

The boys’ side saw more action on both sides of the court as the game progressed. The Lions gained an early lead in the first quarter however the Mavericks tried to close the gap, courtesy of JonRay Taylor, Loden Idler and Beau Simonson, scoring 12 points to the Lions’ 15. The second half saw back and forth action, however neither team outscored the other, with both teams scoring 22 points between the third and fourth quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took advantage of free-throw attempts to try and close the gap sinking six of the seven attempts however could not bring home the win. Leading the Mavericks were Idler with 16 points and Simonson with 12 points.

On Jan. 18, the Mavericks hosted the Frazer Bearcubs at Saco, where both the boys and girls came out victorious, with the girls winning 57 to 18 and the boys winning 61 to 20. On the girls’ side Kaitlyn McColly led the team with 19 points and five rebounds, followed by Kia Wasson with 12 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals, and four assists; Jaycee Erickson with seven points, seven rebounds, six assist and four steals; Mattea McColly with six points and four rebounds and Jaydyn Erickson with five points and six rebounds.

“We take on Glasgow on Friday [Jan. 21] and are excited to play them again. We have improved a lot since we played them in December and will look to make the adjustments that need to be made to try to get a win this time,” explained Erickson.

The boys’ side saw a domination on the court starting with the first quarter, Due to Simonson sinking five free-throws and swishing two two-pointers, in addition to Brady Albus’ three-pointer, Dustin Ostrom and Idler’s two-pointers, the Mavericks led with a score of 18-6 ending the first quarter. The Bearcubs could not close the gap, only scoring 5 points in the second quarter, while the Mavericks gained an additional 11 points , making the score 29-11 at the half. The second half saw continued action from the Mavericks, scoring 18 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter to Frazer’s nine and one. Top scorers for the Mavericks included Trey Johnson with 16 points, Ostrom with 15 points and Simonson with 14 points.

The Mavericks are scheduled to take on Glasgow at Glasgow High School on Friday, Jan. 14 and then travel to Whitewater to take on Brockton on Jan. 25.


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