RRCC hoopsters split games

Joey Payeur

Cassandra Moffitt’s mood ranked somewhere between exhaustion and dissatisfaction.
The former Muskie had to watch the end of the game from the bench after the freshman centre for the Rainy River Community College Voyageurs fouled out of the team’s 74-63 overtime home loss to the visiting Minnesota State-Fergus Falls Spartans in MCAC North Division action Saturday.
Moffitt put in a 43-minute effort for RRCC (1-2 in division play and 3-3 overall)—going 4-for-11 from the field while adding seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
“We were just rushing our shots today,” noted Moffitt, who had played 32 minutes the previous night in the Voyageurs’ 77-74 win over the St. Cloud Tech Cyclones.
“Our defence wasn’t good, either, in not helping out down low,” she added.
Moffitt was saddled with the task of stopping the Spartans’ Haley Poehler, who was a force underneath with a game-high 30 points and 15 rebounds.
But it was Heidi Eggen who Moffitt believed really made the difference for the visitors.
“[Eggen] kept cutting in on our defence and she got in so low, there was nobody there to help stop her,” she remarked.
The Voyageurs seemed to be in control early, leading 19-8 in the first quarter thanks to a bevy of three-pointers.
RRCC still led 32-25 after a sloppy second quarter by both sides, but the Spartans turned the tables after halftime with a 22-3 run.
“I think we were relying a little too much on the three-pointers and that hurt us,” said Moffitt.
RRCC clawed its way back into the game thanks to a 10-0 run but watched the Spartans go back up 56-47.
Moffitt kick-started another Voyageurs’ rally with an offensive rebound and a put-back that ignited an 9-0 run to tie the game at 56-56.
The teams then traded buckets in the final minute before Moffitt used great instincts to steal the ball underneath her own hoop with 10.5 seconds to go.
RRCC had two in-bounds plays in the waning moments and almost won when Maddie Filipiak was too strong with her short jumper under the Spartans’ basket to send the game to overtime.
The Voyageurs were leading 63-62 when Moffitt ran into foul trouble.
After getting her fourth foul against Poehler, who sank one free throw to tie it, Moffitt let Poehler get inside her in the paint to sink a short jumper to put the Spartans up by two.
Moffitt then was the last player back on a Spartans’ 2-on-1 and got a piece of Emily Hendrickson’s arm on her shot attempt to end her day.
Minnesota State wound up outscoring the Voyageurs 15-6 in overtime, including going 8-for-11 from the free-throw line to keep RRCC at bay.
In Friday’s win over the Cyclones, Moffitt netted just four points but collected seven rebounds to go with two assists and two steals before fouling out late.
“We were down in that one [37-31 for St. Cloud Tech at halftime] but we started to pass the ball around better and started to take our time and set up our plays,” noted Moffitt.
“I think I did pretty good on defence in the two games,” she added.
“I’ve just got to work on playing the post,” Moffitt stressed. “I’m not used to it.”
RRCC hosted the Prince George’s Community College Owls (Largo, Md.) last night, with the score unavailable as of press time.
Then it’s off to Brainerd for a two-day tournament this Friday and Saturday in the Voyageurs’ last games before the holiday break.
Their next home game is set for Jan. 8 against the Hibbing Cardinals.