Women’s Basketball: Third time not a charm against Rock Valley

Evan Halpop

Clarion Staff Report

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Three times this season, the Madison College women’s basketball team played both Harper College and Rock Valley College. All three times, the results were the same.

Madison College defeated Harper Valley twice during the regular season and once again to open the NJCAA Region IV tournament.

The 71-60 victory in the regional quarterfinals on Feb. 27 put Madison College in a semi-final matchup with Rock Valley College, a team that dominated the WolfPack twice during the regular season.

Top-ranked Rock Valley defeated Madison College for the third time this year, posting a 77-59 victory on March 2 to end the WolfPack’s post-season hopes.

Powered by a strong inside game and solid rebounding, Rock Valley took a 32-24 halftime lead that grew to an 18-point win. Rock Valley out-rebounded Madison College, 49-31, and scored 52 points in the paint compared to 16 for the WolfPack.

Taylor Pfeuti led Madison College with 16 points and six rebounds, while Calli Dahl added 12 points and three assists. Other double-digit scorers included Courtney Spangler with 11 points and Alyssa Anding with 10.

In their quarterfinal victory against Harper College, the WolfPack held a slim 37-36 halftime lead. But a strong defensive effort in the second half limited Harper to just 8 of 23 shooting and helped propel the victory.

Madison College was led by Spangler, who scored 22 points and had four rebounds. Chelsey Schulenburg added 16 points, while Pfeuti scored 11.

The WolfPack finished the year with an overall record of 15-17.

Madison College 65, Harper 43

Calli Dahl scored 26 points and Courtney Spangler added 19 to lead Madison College to victory in its final game of the regular season. The WolfPack led throughout the game, holding Harper to 26 percent shooting with a strong defensive effort.

DuPage 83, Madison College 66

On Feb. 20, Madison College fell behind by 21 points in the first half and was never able to catch up as the College of DuPage led from start to finish despite strong performances by Spangler, Dahl and Pfeuti. Spangler scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the WolfPack in both statistics. Dahl scored 15 points and added six rebounds.