Timberwolves dig for a cure

(L-R) Mariah Moulton (4), Faith McQueen (11), Sophia Casarez (1), and Emily Beebe (6) gear up to return North Idaho's serve at BMCC on Friday.

The Timberwolves proved they were tough enough to wear pink and beat the North Idaho Cardinals at home on Friday night.

The game was a part of the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer patients and survivors in the community. Proceeds earned from admission and pink T-shirts sold at the door were donated to the St. Anthony Care Clinic and the Kickin’ Cancer New Beginnings program. BMCC selects one game in October every year to spotlight the charity.

“We knew (North Idaho) would be a tough opponent,” said coach Jessica Humphreys. “We wanted the extra hype, and the girls get excited to wear their pink jerseys. It’s tradition.”

Timberwolves setter Sophia Casarez put her team on the scoreboard on the first play with a kill. BMCC had a five-point lead before the Cardinals came back strong and brought the score to a 24-24 tie. The Timberwolves narrowly claimed victory to end the set, 28-26.

The second set was smoother for BMCC, opening with a three-point lead thanks to kills from Casarez, and middle blockers Syndey Neuman and Faith McQueen. The set ended in their favor, 25-16.

But the Cardinals came back with a vengeance to claim set three with a 25-18 victory, and even managed to make the fourth difficult for the Timberwolves, tying it up 24-24 near the end. Neuman recorded a kill and Idaho middle blocker Sydney Bybee sealed BMCC’s win with a 26-24 set-closing score.

“North Idaho is routinely tough,” Humphreys said after the game. “We would’ve had the third set if we kept our intensity, but I’m proud of how the girls responded.”

This is Humphreys’ second year as Timberwolves head coach. She said Casarez brought the passion and fight to the court against the Cardinals.

“It’s all about energy and team dynamic, and we came out with both,” Casarez said. “We love each other like a family. We played as a team 100 percent tonight — there wasn’t a moment where everybody wasn’t giving it their all.”

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