Mar 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe loss ends the Rustlers' season.
Central Wyoming College and McCook Community College combined for 91 free throws Monday night in the opening-round game of the Region IX women's basketball tournament.
McCook hit 33 of 52 free throws line to hang on for an 80-74 victory over the Rustler women in Scottsbluff, Neb.
CWC went 27-39 from the charity stripe. The loss finished the season for the Rustlers.
"We got off to a bad start and struggled to recover," CWC women's coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "We gave up three 3-pointers. Our game plan centered on defending the arc."
McCook eliminated Western Wyoming 66-56 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Western Nebraska knocked out Casper College 67-42.
Western and McCook play in one of the semifinals Wednesday night. Northwest College surprised Sheridan College 64-59, while Gillette College rolled past Miles Community College 65-48.
Northwest College and Gillette College face each other in the other semifinal game.
McCook 80, CWC 74
"Defensively, we were not good in the first half," Stauffenberg said. "That is an area that we generally rely on."
McCook built the lead to 31-13 in the first half over CWC.
The Rustlers never had the lead.
"We settled in and played well defensively," Stauffenberg said. "We got the ball inside."
CWC's Emily Smith took advantage of the game plan to put in 24 points. Smith had 12 rebounds.
"Emily played very well," Stauffenberg said. "I thought that everyone kept there composure in a game that was very rough and physical."
Marissa Hogan scored 13 points, and Porsha Wadsworth had 10 for CWC.
McCook 80, CWC 74
McCook 39 41 -- 80
CWC 30 44 -- 74
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