Women’s team gains new momentum, wins 2 of last 3 games

Troy Bruzewski, Sports Editor

A close win over Highland College on Dec. 2 gave the Madison College women’s basketball team its third win of the season and helped it rebound from a first-round loss in the Black Hawk-East Tournament.

The WolfPack dropped a 67-48 decision to host Black Hawk East on Dec. 1 in their tournament opener.

The two teams swapped the lead several times throughout the first half, but Black Hawk took a five-point lead into halftime. Black Hawk expanded its lead in the second half as Madison College struggled, shooting only 25 percent for the game. Courtney Spangler led the WolfPack with 16 points and Calli Dahl had 13.

The following day, the WolfPack  had a clutch defensive stand that led to a win over Highland. With the game tied 58-58, the WolfPack held Highland scoreless for the final 2 minutes for a 62-58 win.

Highland was up 33-31, when a slow second-half start for Madison allowed Highland to open a 12-point lead. Dahl scored to cut the deficit to 10 and started Madison’s comeback. The WolfPack scored eight consecutive points and five minutes later, tied the game at 52-52.

Spangler gave Madison the lead, scoring back-to-back baskets for the WolfPack. But Highland responded to regain the lead, 58-56, with 2:17 remaining, though that was its final basket.

Spangler and Taylor Pfeuti scored the final six points of the game and helped shutout Highland in the final minutes. Spangler finished with a game-high 25 points and added 10 rebounds. Dahl finished with 11 points.

Courtney Spangler and Ellyn Hayden led the Madison College women’s basketball team to its first home win of the season on Nov. 30. Spangler had a game-high 18 points and added nine rebounds in the 74-43 route over Olive-Harvey College. Hayden had 11 points and nine rebounds for Madison, which dominated the game from the outset. The WolfPack now has a 3-5 overall record.