It was a nailbiter to the end between Haskell Indian Nations and McPherson College Tuesday night.
After 40 minutes of play, the Lady Bulldogs came out victorious 59-58 and the era of Coach Reimer starts with a win.
In the opening 20 minutes, the two teams always stayed within a few scores of each other with the largest lead for either being six points. There were four ties and five lead changes.
McPherson seemed to have the upper hand late as they scored the final five points of the half to give them momentum heading into the locker room. MC was up 34-28 at the break.
The second half was again close as neither team was fully able to make any sort of push.
The Lady Bulldogs held the largest lead, 14 points, but where their attempts from the charity stripe helped them in the first period, they were heavily against them in the second as they missed 10 straight to let Haskell not only back in the game but to take the lead.
The game got tied with just over five minutes to play and HINU got up by as many as five.
Down the stretch, McPherson's tenacity and will to win proved to be the difference maker as the 'Dogs took the lead after a Aubrey Barton running layup gave them a one-point advantage with nine ticks left. Two missed opportunities by the Indians gave Mac the 59-58 victory.
MC shot a poor 24 percent from the floor in the second half, ending the contest with a 26.8 percentage.
The squad was 3-of-14 from downtown and converted 26-of-40 from the line. Mac outrebounded Haskell 52-to-47 and claimed 18 offensive boards.
The Bulldogs had 15 points off of turnovers, 38 in the paint and got 21 from their bench.
Bailey Brown ended the game with 17 points, hitting 5-of-11 from the field and 7-of-10 from the stripe. She also had six rebounds and a team-high three assists.
Sunny Smart was held to two free throws in the final 20 minutes, giving her 12 points. Barton was just shy of getting a double-double as she tallied nine points and eight rebounds.
The first home game of the year is next for McPherson as they host Johnson and Wales University of Colorado.
Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday.