The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women's Basketball team used a big fourth quarter to defeat #7 Minnesota West 69-62 on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Rams shot 73.3 percent (11-15) in the fourth while holding the Lady Jays to 18.8 percent (3-16) to outscore Minnesota West 25-10 in the final period.
Minnesota West led for most of the game but Anoka-Ramsey was able to stay within striking distance.
The Lady Jays led 23-13 early in the second quarter but Anoka-Ramsey battled back to within 33-30 with two minutes until half.
Minnesota West appeared to take control of the game in the third period, going up 48-37 with 2:05 to play in the period, but a three from Kaylee Porisch, a layup by Maegan Mckernon, and two Amanda Lindsay free throws allowed Anoka-Ramsey to pull within 50-42 at the end of the third.
The Lady Jays scored first to open the fourth with an 11 point lead, but it was all Anoka-Ramsey from there.
An 8-0 run cut the deficit to three. Minnesota West went back up six. A Mckernon layup and Carley Anderson three trimmed the deficit to three again.
From there Mckernon would score again, and following a Minnesota West layup, the Golden Rams allowed just one more point in finishing the game on a 11-1 run to earn the win.
Anoka-Ramsey shot 39.4 percent overall and held Minnesota West to 34.2 percent.
Mckernon scored 20 points and tallied ten rebounds.
Porisch scored 14 points and pulled in 11 rebounds to go with six blocked shots.
Lindsay also chipped in 14 points while adding seven rebounds.
Anderson scored 11 points to go with nine assists.
Jerusalem Solomon scored ten points.
The win clinches a spot in the Region XIIIA tournament for Anoka-Ramsey with two games left in the regular season. The Golden Rams hold a one game lead on Ridgewater for the third seed.
Anoka-Ramsey will travel to Rochester on Wednesday, February 21 for a 5:30pm tipoff.