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Legel and Grier Keep Lady Argos Close in Loss to Lewis-Clark State

The Lady Argos played dead even with (20) Lewis-Clark State College at home for almost all but four minutes in the beginning of the third quarter, but those  four minutes were too much for UGF to overcome in a 77-68 loss.

The first quarter played to a draw, with LCSC looking to feed the ball into the post and UGF’s Erin Legel hitting an early three and few floaters in the lane. The second quarter saw the Lady Argo’s leading scorer, Nneka Nnadi, get more involved offensively but starting center Whitney George got into early foul trouble and played just nine first half minutes.

With George mostly on the bench, the Warriors took a slim 30-26 lead into the half but the two teams felt evenly matched. Legel finished the first two quarters with a game leading 10 points, while Nnadi was close behind with nine. Both teams made exactly two of six 3-point attempts and both teams finished the half making about a third of their overall shots.

It was the next few minutes of game play where things took a bad turn for UGF. The Lady Argos score just two points in the first four minutes of the second half while some poor communication defensively led to easy looks for the Warriors. In that span of time LCSC’s lead ballooned to 10 and the Lady Argos trailed by at least three for the rest of the game.

UGF did manage to pull within three twice. The first time came just two minutes after the Warriors took the 10 point lead and came by way of seven straight points for Legel. After two of her free throws made it a one score game, LC State went on another 7-0 run to wipe away the UGF comeback bid.

The second time UGF got the deficit down to three was with less than a minute left but the Warriors hit too many of their free throws down the stretch to let their lead slip away.

One of the major reasons the Lady Argos stayed within striking distance in between those two moments was the hot shooting of junior Morgan Grier. The guard scored all 11 of her points in the second half and hit three crucial shots from behind the 3-point arch. 

Legel led all scorers in the game with 26 points. She also added four rebounds, three assists and one steal. The next highest UGF scorer was Nnadi who added six points to her stat sheet in the second half for a total of 15.

The loss drops the Lady Argos to 11-6 (2-3) on the season but ends a stretch of three straight ranked opponents to start the spring semester. Their next foe will be Montana Tech at home on Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Argos Hang Tough with Top Conference Team, Lose 64-56

A tough task seemed surmountable for the first 15 minutes of the Argo’s game against (7) Lewis-Clark State College but a Warrior run late in the first half put UGF into a hole it couldn’t overcome. A late UGF run in the second half wasn’t enough, as Great Falls lost 64-56 to the best team in the Frontier Conference.

The first fifteen minutes were excellent for Great Falls. While the team struggled to defend LC State star Jacob Wiley, the effort and hot shooting of UGF sophomore Sigman Farmer III helped the team stay even with the Warriors.

The game was tied seven different times in the first ten minutes and with five minutes left in the half a mid-range jumper from junior Issac Howard put the Argos up by one. The next five minutes, however, was a sustained 16-5 run for LCSC and gave the Warriors a 10 point lead at the half.

Farmer scored seven and grabbed six rebounds to lead UGF in the first half in both categories. The rest of the scoring for the Argos was spread fairly evenly between six different players. Wiley caused problems for UGF, scoring 13 in the first half while blocking two shots and forcing two steals.

A better shooting stretch in the beginning of the first half for UGF helped them climb right back in it, with a three from Howard narrowing the gap to just two. The following run of 11 straight Warrior points then put a stop to the comeback attempt. A three from Farmer brought UGF within four with just under two and a half minutes left but the Argos were never able to bring the game back within one score.

Despite LC State’s superior size and length, UGF managed to hold the rebounding margin for the game with 37 boards to the Warriors’ 34. The rest of the statistical totals, besides points, were relatively even. The biggest difference was shooting percentage with the Argos making nine percent less shots than their opponent.

With another seven in the second half, Farmer led UGF in scoring with 14 and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. Two other Argos finished in double digits. The first was senior guard Darren Lockett with 14 points, along with six rebounds and four assists. The second was sophomore guard Sergio Berkley who finished with ten points.

The loss brings UGF to 8-6 (1-4) but also puts an end to a run of three straight games against top-25 teams. Their next game will be against unranked Montana Tech at home on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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