After a losing streak the lady Rustlers took a win on their home court last Saturday, Feb. 20 against Western Wyoming Community College, 60-58.
It was a rough start for the lady Rustlers in the first half, lagging by six points, 32-26. But the team fought back in the second half, making up the difference and coming out two points in the lead.
With 18 points, Olivia Elliss led a trio of players scoring in the double digits. Olivia Thompson and Jess Underberg both brought in 13 points each for the team.
Underberg was on her mark for free throws making 6-7. The Rustlers shot 19-29 free throws, making that a 65.5 percent conversion and were closely matched with Western whose percentage for free throws was 62.5.
The two teams were evenly matched in rebounds with the Rustlers bringing down 38 to Westerns 37.
“It was a great way to end the season,” said Serol Stauffenberg, head coach. “Western beat us badly at their place; it was a great effort by all to secure the win. The win put us in fourth place for the Region IX and we will open with Northeastern Junior College; a fourth place finish on a roster dominated by freshman is a quality finish.”
The lady Rustlers start their Region IX tournament in Gillette against the Northeastern on Wednesday, March 2.
“We are on a tough side of the bracket but to win it you have to beat some great teams,” Stauffenberg said.