After making 11 threes on Friday night, the Lady Orediggers made eight on Saturday, but simply could not find their groove against Chadron State losing 76-62 to fall to 13-12 overall and 10-9 in the RMAC.
Neither team could take control of the game in the opening minutes, as missed shots and turnovers plagued both squads. Five minutes in the score was 7-7 and with 12:30 to go, Mines led 13-12. That would be the last time the Lady Orediggers found themselves in the lead and Chadron closed the second half outscoring Mines 28-14 to lead 13 at halftime, 40-27.
Mines closed that lead to four points at 40-44 outscoring Chadron 16-7 in the opening minutes of the half. Down 43-47 the Lady Orediggers had come back from down 16 but simply ran out of gas, never getting closer than eight points behind. When it was all over, Chadron had won 76-62.
On the night, the Lady Orediggers shot 34.9% overall, 42.1% from three and 55.6% from the charity stripe. Chadron shot almost 42% and simply outmuscled Mines. A 44-33 rebounding disadvantage, eight more fouls (21-13) for the Lady Orediggers, and the fact that four Chadron state players scored in double digits simply added to their woes.
Angie Charchalis led the Orediggers with 23 points on 9-16 shooting and Taylor Helbig chipped in 20 points and three steals. Angie Grazulis recorded a team high 10 rebounds and center Tory Langas led the team with three assists and added seven rebounds of her own.