JUCO Basketball: CWC Men run over LCCC in Cheyenne Wednesday night

    Quick Look:    Wednesday, January 16th

    LCCC  78 Central 72  Women

    Central  93 LCCC  75 Men


    Men’s Basketball:     Central 93     LCCC 75

    The Central men’s basketball team secured a conference road win and won their second league game in a row with a 93-75 defeat of Laramie County in Cheyenne.    The Rustlers trailed by four at the break, 43 to 39 and were down as many as 9 in the first half. The teams battled evenly till the Rustlers managed to rake the lead and build a 10 point lead with 5 minutes to play and cruised to the 18 point  win. David Simental scored 25 to lead five Rustlers in double figures. Jacob Smith added 14. He and Simental each hit 4 three’s. Connor Nelson played for the first time since the second weekend of the season and scored 12 points and had 8 rebounds.  Darius Guinn and Jerodda Briscoe tallied 11 and 12 points each.. Briscoe had 12 rebounds and 4 steals. Guinn added 6 assists to his ledger.

    Coach Brad Schmit was elated after the win, “ Winning a road conference game is a monster accomplishment for this group of guys and our program.  All of our success is coming from our practice habits. Each and every guy is buying in to practicing hard. With that happening, our level of play is elevating.”

    Both teams played with only 3 subs and the Rustlers won the fatigue battle down the stretch.



    Central is 2-1 in league play and is now on a two game win streak.

    The win evens the series with LCCC at 10 and 10, CWC has won the last three in a row now.


    The undersized Rustlers won the rebounding wars 44 to 28.

    The Rustler defense held LCCC”s leading scorer on the season to 9 points, 11 below his average.   He scored 37 vs Casper last week.

    Connor Nelson played for the first time since the 2nd weekend of the season due to injury, its just his 5th game of the year.


    CWC is now 7-11 overall   2-1 in Region 9 Play

    CWC hosts Eastern Wyoming Saturday at home at 4pm.

    Women’s Basketball:   LCCC 78  Central 72

    The CWC women started much better on Wednesday night on the road in Cheyenne.   They built a 13 point mid way through the first period. But, turnovers and foul trouble would come back to haunt the Rustlers who fell for a third time in conference play 78-72.  Three Rustlers would foul out sending LCCC to the line 33 times. 19 turnovers didn’t help the situation for Lindsey Fearing’s team, “Turnovers and foul trouble is what got us. We are making strides in the right direction and we will get there.”

    After the 13 point lead early, the teams would trade the  lead 13 times and the score was tied 11 times. LCCC’s biggest lead was 6 at the end of the game.

    After being questionable for the game with a sprained ankle, Sophomore Paulani Tarawa scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds with 5 assists.  Fellow Sophomore Rylee Burmester scored 20 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Essy Latu added 13 and New York Freshman Tamia Cutignola tallied a Rustler career high 11 points.


    Central is 0-3 in league play and has lost 6 straight games.   They are 1 and 6 against LCCC in the modern day with LCCC winning the last six.   This is only LCCC’s third year of women’s basketball after bringing the sport back after several years away from the game.

    With Tarawa’s 18 points tonight,  she draws within 19 of the #2 spot on the modern day leading scorer.  Jolanna Sazue sits at #2 with 763. Tarawa now has scored 742. She needs 65 points to be the #1 scorer since bringing basketball back to CWC.

    CWC Up Next:  

    Wednesday:  January 19th  

    CWC host Eastern Wyoming College at 2pm on Saturday afternoon at Rustler Gym.

    Other Notes:

    CWC will host Eastern Wyoming College Saturday afternoon at Rustler Gym. The women’s game at 2, the men to follow at 4 pm.

    22nd meeting for the women since basketball was brought back at CWC in 2008-2008.  Eastern leads the series at 11 and 10 and the Lady Lancers have won the last 7 in a row.

    The men’s series is 12 to 3 in favor of CWC but Eastern won the last meeting a year ago.


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