Nov 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorEmily Smith has her swagger back for Central Wyoming College this season.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore post player from Mountain View High School took some time adjusting to the junior college basketball climate in her freshman season.
Smith was in and out of the starting lineup her first season, average 8 points a game last year and 5.5 rebounds. Smith was a Class 3-A all-state player at Mountain View.
"I think that it's experience," said Smith on Wednesday afternoon before practice. "I feel more comfortable with the basketball and with the game itself, along with the high tempo."
Smith has started the first two games of the 2012-13 campaign.
"I'm more confident this year," Smith said. "I feel more comfortable with my team. I feel like I can bring more to the team this year."
Smith opened the season by scoring 11 points in a 47-41 loss to Colorado Northwestern.
Smith turned things on last Friday against and scored 24 points vs. a group of former local high school players and CWC players.
"In both games I thought that she played very well," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "She will be a force inside because is so athletic. She has more confidence than she does last year. She has certain moves that she likes.
"She just moves with more confidence. She has a couple of different moves when she is back to the basket. Her confidence level has gone up so much that it allows her to do things."
"I like dribbling and going to the basket," Smith said. "I like to get close shots. I don't like jump shots."
Smith wants her rebounding numbers to keep going up.
"Rebounding is something that I want to do better at," Smith said. "I just want to do my best when I get to the boards."
Smith believes the Rustlers should have a winning season in the Region IX division.
"I think that we have pretty good talent this year," Smith said.
"We need to control our turnovers and take care of the ball a little bit better and slow our game down a little bit so we can see what is open."
Smith has been reunited with sister Stephanie Smith this year for the Rustlers.
The pair started together for three years while playing at Mountain View High School.
"I love having my sister here," Emily said. "It's nice to be able to play with her again and get the "Twin Towers" back again."
Stephanie Smith is listed at 6-6. The two sisters make up one of the tallest tandems in junior college basketball.
"It makes the game interesting and fun to have my sister here," Emily said.
"It's nice to know that you have a sister who has your back."
She said the sisters work well together on the basketball basketball court.
"It's nice to be able to throw it up to her sometimes. She will go get it."
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