Jan 10, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorNext up for the Rustlers is a nine-hour bus ride to Miles City, Mont.
Central Wyoming College women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg wasn't disappointed at all after a 72-68 loss to nationally ranked Sheridan College Wednesday night at Rustler Gym.
The Sheridan Lady Generals are the No. 23 women's junior college team in the country.
With the four-point win, Sheridan lifted its record to 13-4 on the season and 4-0 in the Region IX North division. CWC fell to 0-4 in conference and 7-10 overall.
"Before Christmas, we were an ugly team," Stauffenberg said. "We couldn't do a lot of things offensively. We even kind of lost our touch defensively. We are not the same team we were before Christmas. "
In the contest Wednesday, the Rustlers trailed 59-55 on a basket from Kaylee Walker late in the second half.
"Sheridan got up 10 twice, and we didn't back down at all," Stauffenberg said. "We were able to get it tied up. It's one of those things is that you are about pleased as you can be with a loss."
Walker added another field goal at 65-63 before the Lady Generals pulled away at the end.
"We decided being down 10 points isn't a big deal," Stauffenberg said. "Before that, we would have forced passes and forced shots."
CWC lost to Western Wyoming last Saturday in three overtimes. Western is 4-0 in conference play.
"The teams that we are playing right now, you need to put yourself in a position to win," Stauffenberg said. "We have done that for two straight games against the two best teams in our region."
CWC hits the road for a long bus ride Saturday to play at Miles Community College. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
"We have to go get us a win somewhere and get us on the winning track," Stauffenberg said.
"It's not an easy road trip with nine hours on a bus.'
Miles is 1-2 in league play with a 10-6 overall record.
Change on offense
"We were playing with three post players, and we went back to put in three perimeter players," Stauffenberg said.
The CWC guards are either Marrisa Hogan, Walker, Tina Hosea, Abbey Ehlers and Shay Cooper.
"It gives us a few more ball handlers," Stauffenberg said. "We weren't having as much success as I thought would have with a three post offense. I'm very pleased with where we are right now."
Hogan tossed in a career-high 17 points vs. Sheridan College.
Hogan and Sheridan College's Joise Three Irons played together at the same high school in Hardin, Mont. Three Irons ended with 13 points.
Hosea scored 14 points, and Porsha Wadsworth put in 11 for the Rustlers.
Sheridan College 72, CWC 68
SHERIDAN 34 38 -- 72
CWC 33 35-- 68
CWC -- Elise Keller 3 1-2 7, Kaylee Walker 3 0-0 6, Stephanie Smith 3 1-3 7, Tina Hosea 4 (1) 3-6 14, Marrisa Hogan 3 (2) 5-8 17, Shay Cooper 0 0-0 0, Abbey Ehlers 2 0-0 4, Emily Smith 1 0-1 2, Abbey Wilson 0 0-0 0, Porsha Wadsworth 2 7-8 11. Totals 21 (3) 17-29 68.
Sheridan -- Brodie Bennett 4 4-4 12, Jasmines Davis 1 7=9 9, Joise Three Irons 3 (2) 1-2 13, Kayla Kirlau 4 2-2 10, Milomilo Nanai 6 3-3 15, Stephany Sessions 1 2-2 4, Morgan Wille 1 0-0 2, Maddie Forney 2 3-4 7. Totals 22 (2) 22-29 72.
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