NCTC women have dominant Iron Range road trip

by Scott DCamp
Sports Editor
 
Northland Community & Technical College outscored MCAC Northern Division opponents Vermilion and Hibbing by a combined 61 points during a two game road trip to northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range Friday and Saturday. 
“We played well this weekend, especially on the defensive end of the floor,” said Northland Head Coach Shannon Nelson. “I thought we did a good job of executing our defensive game plan for both games.”
The Pioneers blasted the Ironwomen 84-51 to open the weekend set Friday night. Megan Swedberg scored 25 ponts and grabbed 17 rebounds. Madison Stenzel scored 18 points and collected 10 rebounds; and Brooke Heggie came off the bench to score 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. 
Eighty-four points is Northland’s third highest scoring total of the season and the 33-point spread is Northland’s third biggest scoring differential of the season. 
Northland continued its dominating trip on Saturday when it outscored the Norse by 28 points. 
Swedberg almost had as many rebounds as points, grabbing 15 boards to go with a 16-point effort. Joining her in double figures were Emily Anderson with 14 points and Stenzel with 10. 
“We shot the ball better than we have the past couple weeks,” Nelson added. “It was nice to see more balanced scoring from our team, with a lot of people getting good minutes and contributing on both ends. We have two big home games coming up against Central Lakes Wednesday and Rainy River Saturday.” 
 
Scoring
1 2 3 4 T
Northland………… 29 20 22 13 84
Vermilion…………… 7 21 8 15 51
Northland – Megan Swedberg 25, Kelsey Kainz 2, Emily Anderson 13, Hannah Dietsch 4, Madison Stenzel 18, Emily Hestekind 7, Brooke Brandon 2, Brooke Heggie 13. 
Vermilion –  Wynter George 8, Johnae Ballard 7, Zarea Richards 6, Kira Abernathy 14, Elizabeth Rios 2, Dariel McDonald 2, Daysha Davis 12.  
 
Scoring
1 2 3 4 T
Northland 16 12 26 14 68
East Grand Forks 9 6 9 16 40
Northland – Megan Swedberg 16, Kelsey Kainz 3, Emily Anderson 14, Hannah Dietsch 2, Madison Stenzel 10, Emily Hestekind 8, Ashley Moe 7, Brooke Brandon 2, Brooke Heggie 6
Mesabi Range – MaKayla Goerdt 2, Cora Peterson 7, Makenzey Goerdt 3, Megan Aho 14, Shaquoia Jackson 12, Alli Sandberg 2.