Nov 11, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral's opponent was a collection of former Rustlers, some current CWC volleyball players, and others from the area.
Central Wyoming College sophomore Emily Smith dropped in a season-high 24 points to power her women's basketball teammates past a hastily-assembled all-star team 72-49 in the home opener Friday night at Rustler Gym.
The 6-foot-2 post player yanked in 11 rebounds. Smith had five offensive rebounds and six defensive boards in 30 minutes of work.
The all-stars were a mixture of players from the area, including some CWC volleyball players, and some former Rustler basketball players.
"Thankfully these players were able to help us out since teams backed out and didn't come because of the weather," CWC women's head coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "Coach Shelby Lindley is working hard already to get some quality teams in town for next year. He'll do a good job of attracting teams from around the region."
Former CWC players recruited to play were Jaci Egley and Amanda Larsen.
Larsen had 19 points, and Egley finished with 11 points.
The Rustlers suffered a 49-41 loss to Colorado Northwestern in the season opener on Monday night at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.
"We continued to work on parts of the game that didn't go well in our season opener," Stauffenberg said.
"We were able to get different players minutes and had a chance to evaluate them on the court."
Stauffenberg worked on a different zone offense in the game.
"We were also able to take a look at different personnel in our zone defense," Stauffenberg said.
The Rustlers play at 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. Western Nebraska Community College in the first day of the Bailey Tire Tip-off at Rustler Gym.
CWC wraps up the tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday with the University of Montana-Western JV team.
"Western Nebraska is perennially a power in Region IX," Stauffenberg said.
CWC women 72, All-Stars 49
CWC 30 42 -- 72
All-Stars 23 26 -- 49
CWC -- Elise Keller 1 0-0 2, Porsha Wadsworth 3 0-0 6, Emily Smith 10 4-8 24, Abbey Wilson 3 (2) 0-0 12, Tina Hosea 2 0-0 4, Shay Cooper 0 4-4 4, Stephanie Smith 4 0-0 8, Lauren Bond 2 2-2 6, Marissa Hogan 0 3-4 3, Kaylee Walker 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 (2) 14-17 72
All-Stars -- Abbey Ehlers 3 (2) 1-2 13, Jaci Egley 5 1-4 11, Kelsi Davidson 1 0-1 2, Katalin Vanderby 1 0-0 2, Amanda Larsen 6 (1) 4-6 19, Ranell Oldman 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 (3) 6-12 49,
Bailey Tire Tip-Off
1:30 p.m. -- Miles Community College women vs. UM-Western JV.
3:30 p.m. -- Miles Community College men vs. UM-Western JV.
5:30 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College women vs. Western Nebraska Community College.
7:30 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College men vs. Salish Kootenai.
11 a.m. -- Miles Community College women vs. Western Nebraska.
1 p.m. -- Miles Community College men vs. Salish Kootenai.
3 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College women vs. UM-Western JV.
5 p.m. -- Central Wyoming College men vs. UM-Western JV.
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