Kiwi championship winners already as Junior College play-offs begin

College of Southern Idaho beat Snow 63-57 to win the Region 18 Championship on Saturday and advance to the NJCAA (Junior College) National Tournament.

Ashlee Strawbridge finished with a team high 7 rebounds to accompany 4 points and 2 steals while Kyra Panioracontributed 2 points and 2 rebounds.

In Friday’s semi-final no fewer than five Kiwis were in action with Utah State Eastern’s trio of Ella Bradley, Maclani Michael and Brooklyn Pouwhare facing Strawbridge and Paniora.

It was top seed Southern Idaho that prevailed 67-53 with Strawbridge contributing 9 points and 4 rebounds backed up by 6 points and a couple of assists from Paniora.

For Utah State Eastern Bradley had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists with Michael adding a couple of points and Pouwhare a rebound. 

Central Maine Community College Mustangs point guard Safena Te Nana-Williams, named to the Yankee Small College All-Conference team earlier in the week, had 8 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds as her team beat Southern Maine 57-50 to win the Conference Final. Sister Leata Te Nana-Williams finished with 10 points and deuces in rebounds and steals. Taranaki’s Harata Coleman was also a member of the championship winning Mustangs.

In Junior College Region XIII quarter-finals Molly Cockburn scored 12 points, to go with 5 rebounds and 3 steals, but couldn’t prevent Miles being eliminated 71-48 by Dawson. Samantha Jenkins tallied 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a couple of points for Dawson.

Jenkins scored 3 points as Dawson were beaten 76-60 by North Dakota State College of Science in the regional semi-finals.

In another Region XIII quarter-final Keeley Tini was prominent as Williston State advanced with a comfortable 73-46 victory against Lake Region State. Tini finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

The former Harbour Breeze forward was even more influential in the 64-61 semi-final win over Bismarck. Tini posted a massive double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Jenna Rose Mafua had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as Dodge City defeated Cloudy County 70-62 in the opening round of the Region 6 play-offs – another contest with plenty of New Zealand involvement.

Cloud County boast three Kiwis – Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga both scored 12 points, with Phillips adding 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Sopoaga had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Te Oriwa Tuipolotu is the third Kiwi on the Cloud team.

Yzabelle Tevao captured 6 points and rebounds as McCook gained a 55-43 victory at Lamar in the first round of the Region 9 play-offs. Next up for Tevao and McCook are highly fancied Casper College with Dejaan Schuler in their lineup.

Western Texas wrapped up their season with a 53-42 defeat of Cisco. Jordyn Maddix finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists while Parehuia Delamere climbed into 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 6 points and a couple of assists.

Marshalltown completed their season on a high defeating Ellsworth 74-56. Waiaaria Rogers starred in the win with 16 points (5/10FG, 5/6FT), 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

In Men’s Junior College action Dallas Clayton scored 10 points (4/5FG) as fourth seeded Missouri State-West Plains were defeated 96-53 by State Fair in the Junior College Region 16 play-offs.

Nate Wilson dropped 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 15 minutes as South Georgia Tech beat Andrew College 88-59.

Ollie Hayward had 6 points and 3 rebounds as Midland College brought down the curtain on their season with a 94-62 loss to South Plains.

Ezrah Vaigafa had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists as Neosho County won an exciting encounter with Labette 85-83

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