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Photo Courtesy: Erick Starkey/Torrington Telegram
Photo Courtesy: Erick Starkey/Torrington Telegram

Centurion Women Topple Short-Handed Bravehearts for Fourth Straight Win

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian SID

BILLNGS, Mont. — The Yellowstone Christian College Centurion women picked up their fourth win in a row, beating the Lady Bravehearts of Oglala Lakota College (S.D.) 66-38 on Saturday afternoon in Billings.

After a really slow start for both teams, YCC started to find their rhythm on the offensive end, getting contributions from nearly every player who touched the floor in the first half. The Centurions also took advantage of their trips to the charity stripe, converting on 15-of-26 (57.7%) of their free throw attempts. However, those free throw attempts directly translated to foul trouble for OLC, who only had six active players on their roster for the weekend.

With a little over four minutes to play in the third quarter, Delacina Chief Eagle fouled out. Shortly after, Erika Kootswatewa had to leave the game due to an injury, forcing the Bravehearts to play the final 14-plus minutes of game play with just four players on the floor.

However, the lack of players for Oglala Lakota didn’t determine the outcome of the game, as the Centurions were up by over 20 points. YCC, who was on a torrid pace much of the game, slowed the pace of the game exponentially, eating up clock during the final quarter of play and securing their fourth straight victory.

The Centurions saw a very balanced offensive attack on Saturday, spearheaded by Zhane Akeya, who poured in a career-best 16 points. Tayler Brankovic, who got married on Friday, celebrated her big weekend with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Sharnell Thomas and Tiani Alvarez each added 10 points apiece.

Jae Bear Hills led the Lady Bravehearts with 12 points, including shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw stripe. Cammi Bear Killer added 10 points and a team-high seven boards in the losing effort.

Yellowstone Christian hits the road for a pair of late-week games against Salish Kootenai College, a team they beat twice last weekend to snap their 12-game losing skid. The Centurions and Lady Bison will play Thursday night and Friday afternoon before the Centurions return home for a Sunday afternoon game against Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (N.D.). For more information on the season and for full game recaps, visit

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