Region IX Basketball: Central teams earn sweep over EWC Saturday

    Quick Look:    Satuday, January 19th  

    Central 74   Eastern 66 Women

    Central 75  Eastern 64 Men


    Central basketball teams pulled off a sweep of Eastern Wyoming College Saturday at Rustler Gym.    The women used a 23 point first quarter to gain an early lead and hit shots down the stretch to stop a six game losing streak and win their first Region 9 conference game.  The men’s team ground out a home win over the Lancers hitting timely shots as well.

    For the women, Paulani Tarawa and Leighanna Shoulderblade hit big three pointers in the final minutes to help seal an eight point win.  Central only managed to hit 12 of 23 free throws but managed stops on defense and enough other shots to get their first concerence win.

    Leighanna Shoulderblade

    The Rustlers got into foul trouble again with Essy Latu and Rylee Burmester both fouling out. Tarawa scored 23 points took over the #2 spot in the modern day career scoring passing Jolanna Sazue.  She also had 11 rebounds. Burmester added another double double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Latu scored 16 with another ten from Freshman Kiana Walker.

    The CWC men’s overcame cold shooting early and won their third straight conference game.  The bench came on strong with 19 points from Jacob Smith and 18 from Connor Nelson. Leading scorer David Simental struggled from the arc going 0-4 but managed to score in other ways going for 14 points.   The pace was controlled by the Lancers, but, the Rustler zone defense kept them in the game. 10 assists and only 7 turnovers were key in the win.



    Central’s Men are 3-1 in league play and is now on a three game win streak.   The win puts Central up in the series 13-3 overall.

    The Women even their series with Eastern at 11-11 and stop a streak of 7 straight losses to Eastern Wyoming.


    Both Rustler teams go to Northwest College on Wednesday at 5:30 and 7:30.  They will host Sheridan on Saturday the 26th. The Sheridan men were ranked #16 in the country but will be moving up after their defeat of #7 Casper College on Wednesday.


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