Jan 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAfter dropping its first five Region IX women's basketball games, Central Wyoming College treated a 44-29 victory at Rustler Gym on Saturday afternoon as a must-win situation.
The CWC women Rustlers are now 1-5 in conference play. Dawson has the same record. CWC played Western Wyoming, Sheridan College and Gillette College all down to the wire, but the Rustlers couldn't get into the victory column until Saturday.
"I thought that we played well enough in the last three games to get the win," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "There is a huge difference in playing well enough and actually getting one. Maybe it will swing into more victories."
In the men's game, CWC pounded Dawson Community College 79-52.
"We sped Dawson up after awhile," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "We started to press them a little bit. Dawson likes to slow it down. We got them in a hurry-up offense."
The Rustlers moved to 4-1 in the Region IX North division.
CWC will now play a doubleheader Tuesday at Miles City Community College. Miles City won the Region IX men's title last year.
"Miles can dribble drive a little bit and they can shoot the ball well," Lindley said. "Anytime you have to travel to Miles City, it's a tough road trip."
CWC women 44, Dawson 29
The start of the game was critical for the Rustlers against Dawson. CWC opened the game on a 6-0 run. CWC's Tina Hosea extended the lead to 10-2 on a 3-pointer. Abbey Ehlers sparked the offense, coming off the bench for back-to-back fields to build the cushion to 16-4. Ehlers was the starting setter for the CWC volleyball team before joining the basketball program in December.
"We played very well at the start of the game," Stauffenberg said.
Stauffenberg started Emily Smith and put her at the top of the zone to slow down Dawson's offense.
"Emily is just so athletic," Stauffenberg said. "Most teams aren't use to having an athletic 6-foot-4 girl at the top of the zone."
Shay Cooper added another lift off the bench when she scored on a driving layup for a 20-6 lead to force Dawson to call a timeout. Smith and Elise Keller recorded two more field goals before Dawson hit a late 3-pointer, but CWC was up 24-9. Keller was the leading scorer at halftime with six points.
"Dawson scored nine points for a reason in the first half," Stauffenberg said. "They couldn't go inside. We rotated very well defensively on our zone. I was very pleased with that."
The pace continued to stay in the favor for the Lady Rustlers early on in the second half as Keller and Smith registered four more points to build the score to 30-11. CWC started to get a little shaky, and Dawson pulled within 38-27 with 10 minutes left in the half.
The play turned sloppy in the stretch drive, but CWC's Marrisa Hogan scored a key field goal and swished two free throws for the 15-point victory.
CWC men 79, Dawson Community College 52
The start was the only thing that wasn't good for CWC on Saturday night.
Dawson had a 22-21 lead, then CWC's David Baety and Tanner Newbold hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 27-25 lead.
CWC finished the game with 11 3-pointers. The Rustlers ended the first half on a 12-0 run.
The run was highlighted by a dunk from Armani Flannigan at 33-25.
In the second half, it was all Rustlers, and Lindley had the opportunity to go deep into the bench.
Davion Pearson led the scoring for CWC with 18 points. Newbold and Flannigan had 14 points apiece. Ryan Thomas chipped in with 12 points.
CWC women 44, Dawson 24
CWC 24 20 -- 44
DAWSON 9 20 -- 29
CWC -- Kaylee Walker 1 1-2 3, Stephanie Smith 2 2-4 6, Emily Smith 3 1-2 7, Tina Hosea 2 (1) 1-2 8, Marrisa Hogan 1 2-2 4, Shay Cooper 1 0-0 2, Abbey Wilson 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 (1) 7-12 44.
Dawson -- Janniqua Thomas 4 2-2 10, Lindsey James 1 0-0 2, Keely Swander (3) 0-0 9, Brittany Pascal (1) 0-0 3. Totals 6 (5) 2-2 29.
CWC men 79, Dawson 52
CWC 39 40 -- 79
DAWSON 29 23 -- 52
CWC -- Davion Pearson 3 (2) 4-6 18, Tanner Newbold 1 (4) 0-0 14, Armani Flannigan 7 0-0 14, Isaiah Tademy 1 0-0 2, Paris Burns 0 2-2 2, Jordan Phouthavong (1) 0-0 3, Bakata Justin (1) 0-0 3, David Baety 1 0-0 3, Ryan Thomas5 2-3 12, Austin Hudson 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 (11) 8-11 79.
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