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Late rally for CWC women rings 68-66 win in Montana

Nov 26, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Big-time shots in the final two minutes were delivered by the Central Wyoming College women's basketball team Friday afternoon in a 68-66 victory over Williston State in Miles City, Mont.

The win capped an amazing comeback for the Rustlers after being down by 15 points with six minutes left in regulation.

CWC lost to Lake Region State College 85-77 to complete a span of three games in three days.

The Rustlers dropped an 85-79 decision to Miles Community College on Thursday in their Region IX opener.

CWC is now 3-3 on the season.

"We found ourselves down in every game and fought back every game," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We need to establish ourselves from a defensive and hustle standpoint much earlier in a game."

The Rustlers play at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday in a two-day tournament in Rock Springs against a couple of all-star teams.

"I'm not a fan of all-star games, but at a tournament you don't pick your opponents," Stauffenberg said. "But like I told our players, you also don't choose when you show up to play."

CWC 68, Williston State 66

In the two-point victory, CWC's Jessica Raab hit a huge 3-pointer to put the Rustlers up by one point as the game wound down. Williston was able to score only to see Kiara Skinner hit a baseline 3-pointer with four seconds left to put CWC up by two for the victory.

Stauffenberg said the comeback started for CWC when he put his team into a full-court press.

"Williston had a couple very quick turnovers, and it went from there," Stauffenberg said.

Skinner paced CWC with 16 points and Jolanna Sazue scored 14 points.

Lake Region 85, CWC 77

In the Saturday afternoon contest, Lake Region had a 10-point lead at 43-33 at halftime for the early control.

"The game was similar to the other three games," Stauffenberg said. "We found ourselves down again."

In the final 20 minutes, CWC outscored Lake Region 44-42, but it was a little too late for the Rustlers.

CWC put four players in double figures.

"We just keep getting beat in the rebounding game and the hustle game," Stauffenberg said.

McKenley Hellstern knocked down 16 points. Tina Hosea and Jolanna Sazue had 13 points apiece.

Abbey Wilson scored 12.

CWC 68, Williston State College 66

CWC 30 38 -- 68

WILLISTON 35 31 -- 66

CWC -- Jolonna Sazue 1 (2) 6-10 14, Abbey Wilson 2 2-2 6, Tina Hosea 1 (2) 0-0 8, McKenley Hellstern 3 2-4 8, Tonya Busse 0 1-2 1, Stephanie Lewandowski 1 0-0 2, Jessica Raab (1) 2-2 5, Kiara Skinner 3 (2) 3-5 16, Kendra Falsley 2 (1) 1-2 8. Totals 12 (9) 17-27 68.

Williston -- Jaden Lynch 1 (1) 0-1 5, Dani Hudson 2 4-6 8, Jaylen Newman 6 0-1 12, Mckayla Haugheberg 4 (3) 2-2 7, Kendra Heir 1 (1) 0-0 5, Taylor McGrady 1 5-7 7, Peyton Schleffer 2 0-0 4, Tori Kirkaldle 0 1-4 1. Totals 18 (6) 12-22 66.

Lake Region State College 85, CWC 77

LAKE REGION 43 42 -- 85

CWC 33 44 -- 77

CWC -- Abbey Wilson 3 6-6 12, Tina Hosea 4 (1) 2-2 13, McKenley Hellstern 7 2-8 16, Jolanna Sazue 4 (1) 2-3 13, Tonya Busse 3 0-0 6, Stephanie Lewandowski (1) 1-2 4, Jessica Raab 1 (1) 0-0 5, Lyndsee Robison 2 0-0 4, Kiara Skinner 1 2-4 4. Totals 22 (6) 15-25 77.

Lake Region -- Stats not made available.

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