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Rustler women have good team depth as hoops practice starts

Oct 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Depth is not going to be an issue this year for Central Wyoming College Rustlers women's basketball coach Serol Stauffenberg.

After putting his players through preseason practice for almost two weeks, Stauffenberg has learned that finding a playing rotation for his top players will be a challenge.

Official practice for the Rustlers started on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

"There is not a huge drop from one to nine," Stauffenberg said. "It's a good position to be in because people will challenge people every day in practice."

Players come from Montana, South Dakota and Utah.

"We will have little bit more of a faster pace this year," Stauffenberg said. "We will have a few more shots."

Former Riverton High School girls varsity head basketball coach Erika Yarber is the assistant coach.

"I'm real excited to bring somebody in that has a love for the game," Stauffenberg said. "She will be a great addition to the team."

Two-way players

Kendra Falsley, Kiara Skinner and Darby Lamb have signed up to play both volleyball and basketball for CWC.

'Kendra is playing volleyball because she is pretty darned athletic," Stauffenberg said.

Falsley is practicing both the sports. Falsley is listed at 5-foot-10. She is from Benson, Utah.

Skinner is 6-0 and played her high school sports at Cody High School. Skinner is a middle blocker for the Rustlers on the volleyball court.

Lamb stands at 5-8. She was a standout player at Mountain View High School. Lamb and Skinner will join the basketball team after the volleyball season is finished.

No Smith

Center Stephanie Smith has decided not to return to play his sophomore season of basketball.

Smith is living in Rock Springs and not enrolled in school.

"It's more disappointing to Stephanie because she isn't doing anything," Stauffenberg said. "She has little contact with any of our players."

The towering Smith was a starter for the Rustlers.

"She was a game changer," Stauffenberg said. "She could have picked a four-year school to go and play in. She is just making poor life choices."

Hosea back

CWC sophomore point guard Tina Hosea is back practicing after having knee surgery in April.

Hosea missed the last month of the season with her hurt knee.

"She is full speed," Stauffenberg said. "She is not wearing a brace. You wouldn't even know she had surgery." Hosea (5-6) and Abbey Wilson (5-7) are the only two returning players for Stauffenberg. The two are vying for playing time at the point guard spot.

Scrimmages set

CWC plays at Sheridan College in a scrimmage on Saturday.

The Rustlers play in a home scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 17, vs. Eastern Wyoming.

Tipoff is for 1:30 p.m.

CWC hosts Western Wyoming on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the afternoon at Rustler Gym.

"The scrimmages will get you a true pace of the game," Stauffenberg said.

"It brings in all the situations that come up in game that don't come up all the time in practice."

CWC begins the season Nov. 1-2 in a tournament at Casper College.

Central Wyoming College 2013-14 women's roster with name, height, year and hometown

Stephanie Lewandowski, 5-6, freshman, St. Ignatius, Mont.; Jessica Roab, 5-6, freshman, Orem, Utah; Jocelyn Jones, 5-9, freshman, Clearfield, Utah; Darby Lamb, 5-8, freshman, Mountain View; Jolonna Sazue, 5-7, Pine Ridge, South Dakota; Lyndsee Robison, 5-7, freshman, Alpine, Utah; Abbey Wilson, 5-7, sophomore, Bountiful, Utah; Tina Hosea, 5-6, sophomore, Salt Lake City, Utah; McKenley Hellstern, 5-8, freshman, Smithfield, Utah; Kiara Skinner, 6-0, freshman, Cody; Kendra Falsey, 5-10, freshman, Benson, Utah; Tonya Busse, 5-11, freshman, Klawock, Ark; Sharmaine Tillman, 5-7, freshman, Lander.

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