CHADRON, Neb. -- Three players combined for 47 points for the visiting MSU-Denver Roadrunners Friday night, as they defeated the Chadron State women's basketball team 78-60 in the Chicoine Center.
 
The loss drops Chadron State to 6-17 overall and 4-15 in RMAC action.
 
Both teams were tied at the conclusion of the first period before MSU-Denver outscored CSC 27-15 in the second period to take a 43-31 lead into the locker room. In the period, Brooklynn Jones was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc for the Roadrunners.
 
CSC was outscored 19-13 in the third period and both teams scored another 16 points in the final period. The Roadrunners led by as much as 22 and never led by less than 11 in the half.
 
Offensively, Chadron State shot 19-43 (44.2%) from the field and 4-9 (44.4%) from three-point land. In a game that had a total of 43 fouls, the Eagles made 18 of 26 attempts from the charity stripe.
 
MSU-Denver attempted 15 more shot attempts than CSC, making 48.3 percent (28-58) of them. The Roadrunners made 8-20 (40%) attempts from three and 14-19 (73.7%) from the free throw line.  A main reason the visitors attempted 15 more shots was due to CSC being outrebounded 38 to 22 in the loss.
 
The Eagles scored 16 points off 17 MSU-Denver turnovers while they scored 14 points on 16 CSC turnovers.
 
Jones and Ashlyn Yow led the Roadrunners with 16 points and Mikylah Espinosa added 15. Jones started the game a perfect 5-5 from three before missing her sixth and final attempt.
 
Ashayla Powers, a junior from Longmont, Colorado scored a game high 17 points and had a team high six rebounds for CSC. Camren Morris, a redshirt freshman from Idalia, Colorado, had a new career high 10 points for the Eagles.
 
The Eagles home schedule concludes tomorrow night on senior night, when they host Colorado School of Mines at 5:30 p.m., in the Chicoine Center.

Metro State holds off Eagles 88-84

CHADRON, Neb.-- It certainly wasn't because of lack of effort or an inept performance, but the Chadron State College men's basketball suffered another heart-breaking defeat Friday night during a fast-paced, physical Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in the Chicoine Center at CSC.
             
It was the Eagles' fifth consecutive loss by five or fewer points or in overtime.
             
Metro State's Quave Propst-Allison hit a 3-pointer as the first half was ending to put his team ahead 47-43. The Roadrunners maintained the lead in the second half, when each team tallied 41 points, making the final score 88-84.
             
The outcome was vital to both.  With just three games remaining on the regular season slates, Metro is 17-8 overall and Chadron State is 11-14. More importantly, the Denver team is 11-8 and the Eagles are 8-11 in the RMAC.
             
The Roadrunners pulled ahead by nine points twice around the 13-minute mark. Chadron State continued to battle and drew within a single point twice at 70-69 and 72-71 with just over nine minutes remaining. The Eagles also made it 77-76 with 5:16 to play, but could never tie the count or take the lead.
             
The difference was never more than four points during the final four minutes. But every time the Eagles cut it the margin to two points, Metro would find a way to build it back to four.
Each team missed two field goal attempts during a 44-second stretch as the clock was winding down with the opponent always grabbing the ensuing rebounds. 
             
With 18 seconds remaining, the Eagles forced to foul to stop the clock. The Roadrunners' Brayden Maldonado made both free throws.  Chadron State's Bryce Latimer answered with two shots from the line with four seconds left, to make the score 86-84, but Maldonado was fouled again as soon as the ball was put in play, and he closed out the scoring with two more charity shots.
             
Maldonado, a 6-foot sophomore, led Metro with 19 points while both Propst-Allison and Ryan Maslow added 16 points. Caleb McGill also had 12 and Mario Lacy Jr. 10 for the Denver team.
             
Chadron State's Josh Robinson was the game's top scorer with 20 points and leading rebounder with eight. Latimer scored 19 points, John Jenkins 16, Raul Nunez 10 and Porter Anderson nine for the Eagles.
             
Each team came within in one field goal of shooting 50% from the field.  The Roadrunners were 32-of-66 and the Eagles 29-of-60.  Each made six 3-pointers. Chadron State was 20-of-25 at the line and Metro 18-of-28. 
             
The Eagles had 15 turnovers and Metro seven, but the hosts won the rebounding battle 40-34.  
             
The Eagles will wrap up their home schedule tonight (Saturday) by playing Colorado Mines. The Orediggers were to play at Colorado Christian Friday night, but the game didn't take place because a backboard was damaged during warmups. 
             
Metro State—Braydon Maldonado 19, Quave Propst-Allison 16, Ryan Maslow 16, Caleb McGill 12, Mario Lacy Jr. 10, Luke Jones 7, KJ Garrett 6, Caden Holmes 2. Totals: 32-66 (6-17) 18-28 88 points, 34 rebounds, 7 turnovers, 12 assists.
             
Chadron State—Josh Robinson 20, Bryce Latimer 19, John Jenkins 16, Raul Nunez 10, Porter Anderson 9, Jalen Paterson 3, Dalton Peterson 3, Martin Poznanovic 2, Jarrett Taylor 2. Totals: 29-60 (6-21) 20-25 84 points, 40 rebounds, 15 turnovers, 15 assists.
              
Metro State          47              41              ---88
             
Chadron State      43              41              ---84

              3-pointers: MSU—Maslow 2, McGill, Maldonado, Propst-Allison, Jones, all 1. CSC—Jenkins 2, Nunez 2, Peterson, Patterson, both 1. 

Eagles split high scoring games in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. -- The Chadron State College softball team fell 12-11 in game one before defeating the CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves 6-5 In game two of Saturday's doubleheader in Pueblo, Colorado.
 
The Eagle are now 3-13 overall and 3-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Pueblo is 3-14 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
 
In the 12-11 game one loss, the Eagles had 19 hits and two errors. The Thunderwolves finished with 16 hits and zero errors.
 
The Eagles gained an early 5-0 lead with one run in the top of the first and four more in the top of the second inning.
 
A single by Ashland Baca, a senior from Pueblo West, Colorado brought J'lyssa Martinez home in inning one to score the game's first run.
 
With runners on the corners, the Eagled gained a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Angelina Quezada, a junior from Denver, Colorado, singled to right center to score Mackenzi Kroll. Two batters later, Martinez singled, loading the bases with one out.
 
CSC's next batter was Devyn Thornton, a redshirt sophomore from Windsor, Colorado. Thornton grounded out to second base but every other runner was able to advance, giving CSC a 3-0 lead.
 
Jessie Henchenski, a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado, delivered a single up the middle to score two more runs for the Eagles before a fielder's choice recorded the final out of the inning.
 
The Thunderwolves only needed three hits to score four runs in the bottom half of the inning. After a single and a walk, Zoie Armstrong homered to right center, scoring three runs. An error by the CSC defense advanced a runner to third before a single scored the fourth run.
 
Chadron State extended its lead to 6-4 in the top of the third inning on a Brady Laucomer single that scored Mackenzi Kroll for her second run of the day.
 
CSU-Pueblo quickly tied the game at six with a two-run double down the right field line in the bottom of the third inning.
 
Over the next two innings, CSC was able to score five runs to build an 11-6 lead. One run was scored in the top of the fourth inning when Sophia Brennan drew a bases loaded walk.
 
Baca started the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI-single that advanced Thornton to second and scored Martinez. The next batter for the Eagles was Lauren Zimmerman, a junior from Reno, Nevada.
 
Zimmerman launched a ball into left field for a 3-run homer that extended CSC's lead to 11-6.
 
The hosts were able to add one run in the bottom of the fifth but neither team was able to score in the sixth inning, making the score 11-7 heading to the seventh and final inning.
 
After CSC left two runners on in the top of the inning, the Thunderwolves recorded six hits and had four runs to tie the game at 11 and force extra innings.
 
The Thunderwolves only faced three CSC batters in the top of the inning before using two singles, a walk and a sacrifice bunt to score the game winning run and record the 12-11 victory.
 
Kenzi Garner received the loss on the mound for Chadron State. The junior from Broomfield, Colorado allowed eight hits and seven runs in four innings of work. McKenna James received her first victory of the season for CSU-Pueblo.
 
In the Eagles game two victory, the Thunderwolves threated with three runs in bottom of the seventh inning but pitcher Tori Haug struck out the last batter she faced to hold onto a 6-5 victory.
 
Chadron State once again took an early lead after a Kroll double scored pinch runner Chloe Brown in the top of the second. Laucomer, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, Nebraska, brought Kroll and Brennan home with a double of her own, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
 
In the top of the third inning, Zimmerman hit her second home run of the day, this time scoring herself and Baca and giving CSC a 5-0 lead.
 
Pueblo used a solo homer in the third inning and a fielding error by the CSC defense in the fifth inning to make the score 5-2 heading to the seventh.
 
After the Eagles left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, the Thunderwolve's quickly gained runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
 
Ashley Tosh hit a double to score two runs before Emma Case singled to center field, scoring Tosh and making the score 6-5 in CSC's favor.
 
Haug, a senior from Commerce City, Colorado, struck out the final batter she faced to end the game. The senior improved to 2-3 in the complete game victory, allowing seven hits and five runs, four being earned.
 
Offensively, Baca finished the two games with six hits in seven at bats.
 
CSC and Pueblo will play two more games tomorrow with first pitch scheduled at 11 a.m.