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Big first half for CWC women in home win
Jan 27, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
It was a good cap to a solid week of basketball for the Central Wyoming College women at home Saturday afternoon against Miles Community College. Earlier in the week the Rustlers surprised Sheridan College on the road and carried on that momentum in a 59-47 win over the Miles Pioneers.
"We have the talent to win some of these games," Central head coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "You can't be perfect, but you can't be the polar opposite of perfect either."
It's a long bus ride from eastern Montana to central Wyoming and a thrashing the night before by Dawson Community College may still have been on the minds of the Miles team as CWC rolled to a 16-2 advantage in the opening five minutes of play.
Miles picked up the pace, resembling a team trailing in the final two minutes of a contest, but couldn't get any closer than eight.
CWC's offense came back to life on a flying one-hander by McKenley Hellstern with 11:28 left in the opening half. She added another acrobatic move on a spinning fadeaway shot two minutes later, and Central held a comfortable 10 point advantage.
A defensive momentum change came on a charge taken by Stephanie Lewandowski from Jaycin Tini. The blast drove Lewandowski out of bounds, but she hopped up, and so did the Rustler offense. CWC roared on a 12-3 run to end the half with a decisive 38-18 advantage.
Miles's offense was sporadic at best, relying on 5-8 sophomore Tess Blaquierre. She tallied 11 of the Pioneers' 18 first-half points.
The second half featured CWC going immediately to Kiara Skinner in the post. Skinner hit a glancing shot off the glass, giving the Rustlers their largest lead of the game at 40-18.
Miles crawled back into the game at the free throw line. CWC shot only three free throws in the entire game, converting two, while the visitors trekked to the charity stripe 28 times, hitting 18.
Another solid half-court play featured Tina Hosea feeding the ball deep into the post to Skinner, who hit another turnaround off the glass.
The final six minutes of play featured Central working the ball to the final seconds on each possession, with the Rustler bench counting down the final seconds.
"We found out that we're a lot better than we've been," Stauffenberg said.
Central hits the road for a game next Friday at Little Big Horn at Crow Agency, Mont.
CWC 36 21 - 59
MILES 18 29 - 47
Central Wyoming - Stephanie Lewandowski 1 0-0 2, Jolonna Sazue 5 (1) 2-2 15, Abbey Wilson (1) 0-0 3, Tina Hosea 4 0- 0 8, McKenley Hellstern 7 0-1 14, Kiara Skinner 3 (1) 0-0 9, Kendra Falslev 1 (2) 0-0 8. Totals 21 (5) 2-3 59
Miles City - Lindsey Warner (1) 0-0 3, Tess Blaquiere 4 7-9 15, Ashley Malmquist 1 1-2 3, Shelby Weeks 1 5-6 7, Petra Lumpert 2-3 2, Ashley Hildreth 1 (1) 1-2 6, Jaycin Tini 3 2-5 8. Totals 10 (3) 18-28