Like Thursday night, there also happened to be a double-header of Tetons mens and womens hoops action at the Well on Friday evening.
In the first ballgame, the Tetons womens team squared off against the Sisseton Wahpeton Mustangs. Amazingly, the Mustangs were at a major disadvantage as they played the entire contest with just five players.
Despite their roster limitations, the Mustangs gave the Tetons plenty of problems in the first half. Early on, Williston State was unable to figure out a way generate any offense against the 2-3 zone of Sisseton Wahpeton. In fact, the Tetons shot an ice-cold 5-of-40 from the field in the first half. Due to their poor shooting, the Tetons trailed by as many as 18 points through two quarters of play.
Eventually, Williston State’s depth advantage took its toll on the depleted Mustangs. The Tetons managed to outscore Sisseton Wahpeton 29-9 in the fourth quarter en route to a 68-59 comeback win.
Williston State’s Gabriella Capasso ended the game with a team-high 19 points, and also added eight rebounds and a blocked shot. Kawa Dias Dos Santos was dialed in from downtown as she drained four three-pointers and totaled 12 points with to go along with a pair of rebounds. Kristen Gould also contributed to the comeback win with nine points, six assists, four boards and two steals.
Afterwards, Tetons womens head coach Kia Herbal credited her team’s character for overcoming their early shooting struggles.
“We’re a family, and I just told them to stick to the game plan and we can get the win. They believed in each other and we got the job done,” Herbal said.
In the second game of the evening, it was the Teton men’s team who asserted their dominance early on against the Mustangs.
With designs on putting the Mustangs offense under heavy pressure, Tetons head coach Rylee Hernandez elected to utilize a full court trap on several defensive sequences in the first half.
This heavy emphasis on trapping Mustang ball handlers in the backcourt often disrupted Sisseton Wahpeton’s flow and rhythm on offense, creating missed shots, turnovers, and transition opportunities for the Tetons offense.
The unrelenting pressure of Williston State’s defense resulted in Sisseton Wahpeton committing 11 first half turnovers, and shooting just 12-for-31 from the field. By contrast, the Tetons committed just three turnovers and shot 27-for-44 from the field in the first half. By intermission, Williston State enjoyed a comfortable 60-34 lead.
As it turned out, the Tetons cruised to a 97-72 win. James Jones led all scorers with 19 points, and also added eight rebounds and six assists. Sita Conteh scored 17 points, and ripped down 14 boards as well for the Tetons.
Now with a record of 5-0, the next contest for the Williston State’s mens team will be at Western Wyoming Community College on Friday, Nov. 16 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Meanwhile, the womens Tetons, now 2-3, will visit Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, also on Nov. 16.