Bay women drop pair in Classic

College basketball

MASON CITY, Ia. — The Bay College women’s basketball team was provided with a stern test to say the least Saturday as it fell to North Iowa Area Community College 90-61 in the second round of the Koingsmark Classic.

Bay (1-2) trailed 36-21 after the first quarter 47-27 at halftime.

“That was quite a tournament,” said Bay coach Rae Drake, Jr. “We had some pretty good competition down there. NIACC is ranked ninth in the country and I think they’re above that. They hit 10 straight 3-pointers in the first quarter. They have seven girls who are going (NCAA) Division 1 or 2. These girls are good.”

Jordan Kraemer finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Justice Kinnunen had 14 points for the Norse, who committed 35 turnovers.

“Some of those were self-inflicted,” said Drake. “We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we could have. We have to continue improving in that area. It was great to play them. We did a pretty good job defensively in the second quarter. Their coach told me they haven’t been held to 11 points in a quarter in least 1 1/2 years.”

The Norse opened the tourney with a 61-44 loss to Ellsworth Community College Friday.

Kraemer had 27 points and 10 boards for the Norse, who were outrebounded 51-28.

“That was the difference in the game,” said Drake. “I think as a group we were disappionted in our performance. Jordan is always going to play good, but we have to step up as a team. Ellsworth is good. They’re physical and strong. We didn’t show the competitive spirit I know these girls have. This was a great learning experience for the girls.”

The Norse finished with 28 turnovers in Friday’s game.

“We have to get better at that and we will,” said Drake.­