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There would be no second upset.

The Carroll women got off to a great start but could not keep pace with the No. 4 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors on Saturday in Lewiston, as the Warriors cemented a regular season Frontier Conference championship, 69-58.

“They played their tail off,” Saints coach Rachelle Sayers told ESPN Montana. “I’m proud of them. I hope we get a chance to come back here again. I know our kids feel like they made some great strides tonight. We have bigger fishes to fry down at Tech. I’m really pleased with their effort.”

The Saints (18-11 overall, 8-9 Frontier Conference) opened the game up by stymieing Lewis-Clark State College. Carroll outscored the Warriors 14-6 in the first quarter, but apparently only awoke them from their slumber.

The Warriors (29-1, 17-1) stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Saints 26-15 and taking a three-point lead into halftime.

Lewis-Clark outscored the Saints in the third and fourth quarter to distance themselves from the Saints in the second half.

Carroll had outstanding efforts by its interior players. Cassidy Hashley finished with 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting and six rebounds. Michaela Dowdy had 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting to go along with six rebounds -- though, foul trouble slowed the posts down.

“We’ve got Sara (Chalich), Dowdy, Hannah (Dean) and Cassie all with four fouls,” Sayers said. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep (Dowdy) in much longer with four fouls. She makes it easy. She makes the right move. She keeps her cool.”

The Saints kept the Warriors’ Caelyn Orlandi in check, limiting her to six points and six assists on the night. Orlandi averaged 13.7 points per game this season.

The Warriors did get a game-high 19 points from Brittany Tackett.

Carroll finished fifth in the Frontier Conference, entering the postseason on a three-game losing streak. Carroll will travel to No. 4-seed Montana Tech on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs.

The other quarterfinals matchup is No. 6 Rocky Mountain traveling to No. 3 Montana Western.

Lewis-Clark State College and Montana State-Northern both received byes in the first round. LCSC will host the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals and MSU-N will get the highest to be played on Friday.

The Frontier Conference Championship is March 6.


Sports Reporter

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