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Three Women Receive NCCAA West Region Honors

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian SID

BILLINGS, Mont. — Three Yellowstone Christian College women’s basketball players received postseason honors from the National Christian College Athletic Association on Monday morning, with Tayler Brankovic named to the NCCAA West Region First Team and Leonardine John and Paige Gregory both named to the Second Team All-Region.

“This is a compliment to Tayler, Leonardine and Paige, as freshman, in their efforts for our first-ever women’s basketball team at Yellowstone Christian. It’s a testament to their potential and the bright future for our program to receive this recognition. Additionally, I know they would be the first to credit the contributions and support from their teammates in helping them excel for our team,” said Head Coach Dominic Gaglia on Monday.

Brankovic was a consistent force on both ends of the floor for the Centurions this season. The 5-foot-7 guard from Heart Butte, Mont., was second on the team in scoring (12.1 per game), steals (1.7), and rebounds (6.9), and third in assists (3.1).

John, who missed the final nine games of the year due to an ankle injury, made a statement in her first collegiate season. The 5-foot-8 sharpshooter from Albuquerque, N.M., was third on the team the team in three-point percentage (38.7%), and was termed “shooter” by opponents on a regular basis.

Gregory, a Billings native, came into her own late in the year, scoring in double figures in her final five games of the year. The 6-foot post led the team in scoring (13.3), rebounding (7.6), and field goal percentage (55.6%). She was also second on the team in blocks (0.7) and free throw percentage (60.6%).

The Centurions have already begun postseason workouts in preparation for their second year on the hardwood. Stay tuned to and all Centurion social media outlets for off-season news, player signings, and schedule announcements.

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