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CWC stumbles vs. T-Birds
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CWC stumbles vs. T-Birds

Feb 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College is in the thick of the Region IX men's North basketball conference race with six games left to play.

The Rustlers are 6-4 in league play, just two games out of first place with a 17-5 overall record.

"The race is very tight," CWC men's coach Curtis Condie said.

"It will be interesting to see when it comes time for the region tournament how many different tiebreakers it will come down for seedings."

vMiles Community College is first in the conference at 7-2.

"Miles has a sophomore-laden team," Condie said. "Casper and Sheridan traditionally have the best programs. They have a lot more resources than other schools."

Sheridan College and Casper College are second with identical 7-3 marks.

The Rustlers fell to Casper College 69-63 Saturday night at Thunderbird Gym in Casper. James Johnson paced CWC at 20 points. Davion Pearson knocked in 14 points, and Armani Flannigan scored 13.

"I'm very disappointed in our effort, especially on the defensive end. Some guys statistically had good games but this might have been our worst game as a team this year," said Condie. "I guess the positive side is we still have a lot of basketball to play. We still have a chance to complete all of our goals. You also have to give Casper credit as well. They did all the right things to win the game."

Gillette College is right behind CWC in the league standings at 5-4. Northwest College and Western Wyoming are 5-5. Dawson Community College is 2-8, and Little Big Horn College is winless at 0-10.

Women improving

The CWC women enter the final month of the season standing at 3-7 in Region IX North play and 10-11 overall.

The Rustlers were within reach of a huge upset over nationally ranked Casper College, but fell 57-52 Saturday night at Thunderbird Gym.

Casper College is 9-1 in North conference play and 20-2 overall.

The Lady Thunderbirds are ranked No. 5 in the nation.

"We played really well against Casper College," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We just need to work on how we manage the game at the end."

The Rustlers had a 27-21 lead after the first 20 minutes. In the second half, Casper College outscored CWC 36-25.

CWC's Jacki Nicholson scored 14 points, Courtney Patterson ended with 12, and Emily Smith put in 11.

In the league standings, Sheridan College is tied with Casper College for first at 9-1.

Western Wyoming Community College stands at 7-3. The Lady Mustangs are followed by Gillette College (6-3), Miles Community College (5-4), Northwest (3-7), Dawson Community College (2-8) and Little Big Horn (0-8).

Homestand

"This is our tough part of our schedule," Stauffenberg said.

The CWC programs open a two-game homestand on Wednesday against Western Wyoming.

"We need to care of the basketball against Western," Stauffenberg said. "Western will press us for most of the game."

The women start the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men.

"We need to hold serve on our home court," Condie said.

The Western men come into the homestand averaging 89 points per game. The Mustangs won the Region IX title last year.

"Western can score and they can shoot it," Condie said. "Western is a very a balanced team."

The Rustlers end the week by playing Sheridan on Saturday. The women go at 5:30 p.m., and the men start at 7:30 p.m.

Former Lander Valley High School Ruth O'Neal is starting for Sheridan College.

O'Neal is playing 30 minutes per game and scoring an average of 9.4 points.

Casper College men 69, CWC 63

CWC 34 35 -- 69

CASPER 32 31 -- 63

CWC -- Davion Pearson 4 (1) 3-3 14, Malachi Roberts 2 (1) 0-0 7, Armani Flannigan 6 1-2 13, James Johnson 9 2-4 20, Ali Sabra 2 (1) 0-0 7, Benjamin Davis 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 (3) 6-9 69.

Casper -- Darrious Curry 2 (1) 1-2 8, Remi Dibo 2 (1) 0-0 8, Denzel Douglas 5 3-4 13, Tyler Larsen 4 (1) 2-4 13, Dominique Lee 1 (2) 0-0 5, Sam Johnson 1 3-4 5, Jerrold Brooks 3 (3) 2-4 17. Totals 17 (8) 11-19 63.

Casper College women 57, CWC 52

CASPER 21 36 -- 57

CWC 27 25 -- 52

CWC -- Brynlie Nielsen 2 2-3 6. Elise Keller 2 1-4 5, Emily Smith 5 1-2 11, Courtney Patterson 3 (2) 0-0 12, Jacki Nicholson 3 (1) 3-5 14, Porsha Wadsworth 2 0-1 4. Totals 15 (5) 7-15 52.

Casper -- Shelby Stewart (2) 2-2 8, Rosalie Curtri 6 1-3 13, Shelby Garska 2 (1) 2-2 9, KeArrow Jenkins 2 0-0 4, Bailey Holland 1 (1) 3-4 8, Fayne Tyson 4 1-4 9, Kaynesha Zinn 2 1-1 5, Danyelle Minchow 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 (4) 11-20 57.

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