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Both CWC teams fall to Casper on the road
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Both CWC teams fall to Casper on the road

Feb 19, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Casper College scored the game-winning Tuesday night with five seconds left against the Central Wyoming College Lady Rustlers.

CWC's Jolonna Sazue missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and Casper College had a 60-59 win at Thunderbird Gym in Casper.

The winning basket for the Thunderbirds came on an offensive rebound and putback.

Sazue had six 3-pointers, ending up with 22 points for the second straight game for the Rustlers.

"The 3-pointer at the end rimmed all the way out," CWC coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We had a 13-point lead at one time. When you are on the road with Casper, you know that is probably not going to stand up."

In the men's game, Casper College had too much offense in a 70-56 victory vs. CWC.

"We played about 25 minutes of good ball," CWC men's coach Pat Rafferty said. "The other 15 minutes, we didn't. We had lapses, and against a good team you just can't afford those big lapses."

The Rustlers host Sheridan College in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Rustler Gym.

The women start the final regular season home games at 3 p.m. The men follow immediately.

"You just hope that it keeps going against Sheridan," Stauffenberg said. "You want to be playing better at the this time of the year, and I think that we are."

CWC swept Sheridan College on Jan. 22 in a doubleheader.

"We will need a huge effort," Rafferty said. "That is always what it's going to take."

The CWC women are now 10-14 overall and 4-9 in Region IX play.

Rafferty has his men's team standing at 12-15 on the year and 6-9 in conference.

Casper College women 60, CWC 59

The game came down to Casper College collecting two huge offensive rebounds, and CWC missed some free throws late in the game.

"If you get those rebounds and make those free throws, then you still have that six-point or seven-point difference," Stauffenberg said.

CWC was in command at 38-25 by halftime.

"More than anything our kids bought into what we were doing defensively," Stauffenberg said. "Casper struggled to score. We did a good job of running some of our stuff."

Following Sazue in scoring for CWC were McKenley Hellstern with 14 points and Tina Hosea with 13.

Casper College averages more than 70 points per game.

Hellstern played the entire game. Hosea recorded 37 minutes, and Sazue worked 35.

"Those are hard minutes to maintain against a tough defensive team like Casper," said Stauffenberg.

Casper College men 70, CWC 56

Casper College had everything going right in the first 20 minutes, building a 39-20 lead.

In the second half, CWC trimmed the advantage to eight points briefly, but Casper ran off eight straight points to break it open again.

CWC played better in the second half, outscoring Casper 36-31.

"I was encouraged on how we played in the second half," Rafferty said. "I was glad to see that we played a little bit harder in the second half and at least win the second 20 minutes of basketball."

CWC's Isaiah Tademy tallied 14 points.

CASPER 25 35 -- 60

CWC 38 21 -- 59

CWC -- Jocelyn Jones 2 0-0 4, Jolonna Sazue 1 (6) 2-4 22, Tina Hosea 3 (2) 1-2 13, McKenley Hellstern 6 2-2 14, Kiara Skinner 1 0-0 2, Kendra Falsey 2 0-1 4.

Casper -- Shaelya Davenport 3 0-3 6, Kaylee Swope 1 (1) 0-0 5, Shanda Post 1 (1) 2-2 7, Kassidy Scott 3 1-2 7, Cheyanne Baister 4 2-2 10, Meghan Becker 2 3-4 7, Ragen Wilson 3 (1) 0-0 9, Kendyl Nunn 2 (1) 1-2 8, Elissa Johnson 0 1-3 1. Totals 19 (4) 10-18 60.

CASPER 39 31 -- 70

CWC 20 36 -- 56

CWC -- Matt Johnson 2 2-4 6, Eimer Lopez 3 (2) 1-2 13, Bryce Canda 2 (2) 12, Blake Cleravinga 0 2-2 2, Isaiah Tademy 4 (2) 0-3 14, Malik Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 (7) 7-13 56.

Casper -- Chase Riley (1) 0-0 3, Gabrial Vazquez 2 0-0 4, Jay Wright 7 4-7 18, Daniel Nwosu 2 (2) 6-6 15, George Edwards 5 2-2 12, Yephnick Adelphonse 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 (6) 12-16 70.

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