MASON CITY – NIACC women’s basketball coach Todd Ciochetto had a few goals for the ninth-rated Lady Trojans in their second game of the Konigsmark Klassic basketball tournament on Saturday.
First, of course, was to secure a second victory to start the season, a goal which NIACC accomplished handily with a 90-61 victory over Bay College.
A second goal for the Lady Trojans was to work on the three-point shooting phase of the offense, a part of the offense that looks like it will be a strength going forward.
NIACC connected on 10 three-pointers in the first quarter alone and made 17-of-51 from long range in the game.
“We were hot in that first quarter,” Ciochetto said. “We know we can play but we can’t take things for granted.”
Possibly the most important result of NIACC’s long-range shooting was that Ciochetto found out that he has a lot of options from beyond the arc.
Twelve different Lady Trojans made three-point shots during the game.
The final goal was to get plenty of game experience for the freshmen, and again, that was successful as 12 Lady Trojans played at least 10 minutes in the game.
Despite the player rotation, team chemistry was not much of an issue for NIACC as the Lady Trojans put up 90 points or more for the second straight night.
Syley Vesel, a freshman from Austin, Minn., made four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and five rebounds to lead NIACC.
Taylor Laabs, one of the few sophomores on the squad, finished with 12 points, four assists and two steals, Mikayla Homola had 10 points.
Morgan Frank, another freshman, added nine points and five rebounds.
NIACC (2-0) returns to the court on Friday when it travels to Iowa Falls for a two-day tournament at Ellsworth.
The Lady Trojans face Milwaukee Area Tech at 2 p.m. on Friday and Harper College at 11 a.m. on Saturday.