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Rustlers keep share of league lead with victory over Western

Feb 7, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The CWC women fell by 16 points in their game in Rock Springs.

Central Wyoming College remained in a three-way tie for first place in the Region IX men's basketball standings after a 69-61 victory Wednesday night over Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

The win came after the Rustlers suffered a 90-77 loss in overtime Saturday to Casper College in Riverton.

CWC, Casper College and Sheridan College all stand 9-2 in conference play.

Casper College swept the regular season series over CWC. The Rustlers beat Sheridan College in the first meeting of the season.

Also Wednesday, the CWC women lost to Western 75-59.

"I felt like we played O.K., against Western," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said after the men's victory. "We were a little out of rhythm, but that game was a trap game for us with Casper right before and Sheridan right after."

The win was the second one of the season vs. Western for CWC.

"Western shot the ball really well," Lindley said. "Western had too many second chance points."

Lindley said Armani Flannigan and Austin Hudson both had solid games for the Rustlers.

"Armani and Austin were really good down low and had a big night," LIndley said.

CWC plays at Sheridan College Saturday night in another key conference game.

"Sheridan is very good," Lindley said. "We have a tough game on Saturday."

CWC has two more home games left, Feb. 13 against Miles Community College and Feb. 16 vs. Gillette College.

The winner of the Region IX North division will host the postseason tournament next month.

Western women 75, CWC 59

Wednesday's loss in Rock Springs dropped the Lady Rustlers t0 4-7 in the conference. Western is second at 9-2.

CWC was coming off a big win over Casper College in its last outing.

"We didn't play that poorly," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "Western shot the ball extremely well in the first half. It was a tough deficit to overcome."

Western outlasted CWC in three overtimes in the first meeting at Rustler Gym.

"Western stuck with its press for the entire game," Stauffenberg said. "We made some poor passing decisions early against the press that allowed them to build the cushion."

CWC was behind 12 to 13 points for most of the game.

"Western hit some big shots when they needed them," Stauffenberg said.

Sheridan College is first in the women's standings at 10-1.

"Sheridan has a great group of five that play well together," Stauffenberg said.

Stephanie Smith had a big night for CWC with 21 points. Marissa Hogan added 14.

Western Wyoming women 75, CWC 59

WESTERN 49 26 -- 75

CWC 28 31 -- 59

Western -- Miller 1 0-0 2, Halalilo 5 (2) 5-8 21, Webb (1) 0-0 3, Moore 4 (1) 0-0 11, Trimble 0 1-2 1, Mitchell 5 (1) 4-5 17, Pinner 3 (2) 4-6 16. Minchow 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 (7) 14-21 75.

CWC -- Shay Cooper 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Smith 8 5-8 21, Elise Keller 1 0-0 2, Lauren Bond 1 0-0 2, Emily Smith 3 1-2 7, Abbey Wilson 0 (1) 2-2 5, Marissa Hogan 2 92) 4-4 14, Porsha Wadsworth 1 0-2 2, Kaylee Walker 1 0-0 2, Abby Ehlers 0 4-4 4. Totals 17 (3) 16-22 59.

Region IX

North men's basketball

standings

Sheridan College, 9-2, 20-5

Casper College, 9-2, 18-6

Central Wyoming College, 9-2, 19-4

Gillette College, 7-4, 13-10

Northwest College 6-6, 17-9

Western Wyoming Community College, 4-7, 7-17

Miles Community College 3-7, 9=15

Little Big Horn College 2-9, 5-19

Dawson Community College 1-11, 4-19,

Women's standings

Sheridan College, 10-1, 19-6

Western Wyoming 9-2, 18-4

Gillette College 8-3, 21-4

Casper College 7-4, 18-6

Northwest College 6-6, 13-13

Miles Community College 4-6, 13-11

Central Wyoming College 4-7 11-14

Dawson Community College 2-10, 9-14

Little Big Horn 0-11, 2-22

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