Jul 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorHer sister, Emily, already plays for the Lady Rustlers.
At 6-foot-6, Stephanie Smith was used to being the center of attention on the basketball court while playing for Mountain View High School.
Smith brings her big wing span to the Central Wyoming College women's basketball program after signing a national letter of intent to play in the fall for coach Serol Stauffenberg.
"Stephanie had a different year for basketball," Stauffenberg said. "She was kind of in and out of it for different reasons."
Smith missed some time in her senior season for personal reasons. Smith rejoined Mountain View late in the season to help her teammates qualify for the Class 3-A state tournament.
"She is a huge presence inside," Stauffenberg said. "At 6-6, we will work with her to develop some different shots."
Smith averaged 4.1 blocks per game for Mountain View last season. The center scored 12.5 points per game and pulled in 10.8 rebounds.
"Defensively, she just about blocked shot after shot," Stauffenberg said. "When she doesn't block shots, she changes them. She is an athletic 6-6. We are looking really forward to her coming. She is only going to get better because she will be in an environment that she is comfortable with. Now, she will be able to step up and play against people her own size."
Stephanie Smith will be playing with her sister, Emily Smith who signed with the Rustlers last season.
"When you look at her sister Emily, she is pretty athletic at 6-2," Stauffenberg said.
Emily Smith averaged 8.2 points per game and 5.5 rebounds in her freshman season at CWC. She was in and out of the starting lineup.
The Rustlers advanced to the Region IX semifinals in Casper before they lost to Otero Junior College.
"It's always neat if they get along, and they do get along," Stauffen-berg said. "They are excited for it. It will be nice because they have played together. They know how each other works with the high and lows. They have an idea of where they want the ball. You saw a lot of that when they were at Mountain View."
Lauren Bond of Riverton High School in Utah, signed a national letter of intent to play for Stauffenberg.
Bond comes to the CWC campus standing at 5-10.
"We were looking at Lauren, but we thought that she had committed to College of Eastern Utah, but it turned out to be a teammate," Stauffenberg said. "She was a great addition for us."
Bond can either play the shooting guard or small forward.
"She is just a great athlete," Stauffenberg said.
Bond averaged seven points and seven rebounds for Riverton, Utah.
"Riverton had one kid in double digits, but they also had about nine kids average about six points a game," Stauffenberg said. "She comes from a winning program."
"I'm excited as I have ever been for the season to start," Stauffenberg said.
CWC sophomores for the 2012-13 season are Shay Cooper, Samantha Hart, Marissa Hogan, Elise Keller, Porsha Wadsworth and Kaylee Walker.
"We do bring in some height," Stauffenberg said. "We have great kids that will battle for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. It was a great year for us. We will find out soon enough."
The new players for CWC are Anneshia Hill (Wyoming Indian High School), Kristina Hosea (Salt Lake City) and Abbey Wilson (Bountiful, Utah).
Hill was the 2012 Fremont County girls player of the year.
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