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Rustlers end home schedule Thursday
Kaylee Walker (34) and her Central Wyoming College women's basketball teammates close out the home schedule Thursday night with Dawson Community College. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Rustlers end home schedule Thursday

Feb 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College has been focusing on making the adjustments needed to finish the home basketball schedule in the victory column.

The Rustlers play Dawson Community College in a doubleheader Thursday night at Rustler Gym.

The women begin the Region IX North conference contest at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

"We are trying to get back to some basics from earlier on in the year that will help us compete a little bit more, and doing a better job of boxing out," said CWC men's coach Curtis Condie, whose team has lost five straight games and is 17-9 overall.

"We still have a chance to win 20 games, which no team has done since 1991 at CWC. We have to keep working at it."

The Rustlers complete the regular season schedule on a three-game road trip against Little Big Horn (Feb. 25), Eastern Wyoming College (March 2) and Laramie Community College (March 3). LCCC doesn't have a women's basketball program.

"We have a chance to win these four games," Condie said.

The Region IX tournament is set for March 9-13.

The north division winner will host the women side, and the south division champion will be the site of the men's field.

Men in seventh

The Rustler men head into the final stages of the regular season in seventh place in the nine-team conference.

CWC beat Dawson in the first meeting of the season. The top eight advance to the Region IX tournament.

"Dawson is one of those teams that is very dangerous," Condie said. "They are very athletic. They have guys that can score the basketball. You have to be able to handle the pressure."

CWC dropped a 69-64 decision to Gillette College Saturday night in Campbell County.

"Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way, and that was one of the times," Condie said. "There were too many little things that didn't get taken care of."

Sheridan College has the conference lead at 10-3 and Casper College (10-4) and Miles Community College (9-4) are right behind.

Northwest College (8-5), Gillette College (7-6), Western Wyoming Community College (7-6), Dawson Community College (3-10) and Little Big Horn (0-14) round out the conference.

CWC has four players averaging in double figures.

Forward Armani Flannigan leads the way at 13.2 points per game ,and James Johnson has a 13.1 average.Point guard Davion Pearson is sitting at 10.8 points per game and Malachi Roberts is standing with a10.2 mark.

Preston Eaton is close to double figures at 9.2 points per game.

Women are 4-10

The CWC women are coming off a 55-45 loss to Gillette College on Saturday night, falling to 4-10 in conference play and 11-15 overall.

CWC hasn't won since a double overtime victory on Feb. 8 over Western Wyoming College. The Rustlers have lost consecutive games to Sheridan College, Air Force Prep, Miles Community College and Gillette.

Casper College (13-1) and Sheridan College (11-1) are challenging each other for the regular season crown. Gillette College is third at 9-4 and Western Wyoming is next at 8-5.

Miles Community College stands in the middle of the pack at 7-6, followed by Northwest College (4-9), Dawson Community College (3-9) and Little Big Horn (0-14).

CWC's Jacki Nicholson (15.3 points) and Courtney Patterson (14.4) are the one-two scoring tandem. Brynlie Nielsen is third on the squad at 8.5.

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