Lady Rustlers win first game in Region IX, fall to Western in second

After winning their first game in the Region IX tournament to Northeastern Junior College, the lady Rustlers fell to Western Nebraska Community College, 53-37 in the second game of the tournament. This will conclude their season.

The lady Rustlers took a win in their first Region IX tournament game against Northeastern Junior College, 66-45.

Three players scored in the double digits with Olivia Elliss leading the team with 22 points. Teammate Kyla Paulus had 16 points total followed by Jess Underberg with 13. Elliss shot 11 of 15 field goals and had three steals.

“We played well in the second half to build our lead,” said Serol Stauffenberg, head coach. “A number of players stepped it up scoring wise but the whole team stepped up the intensity on the defensive end.”

In their second game against WNCC the ladies took a hard hit, losing by 16 points. Two players scored in the double digits, Elliss with 18 and Underberg with 13.

“Our defense was great again, we just couldn’t find a way to score against a team ranked number 18 in the nation,” Coach Stauffenberg said. “We were within ten and had the ball with two minutes left but just couldn’t create any scores. We definitely had our best night rebounding against a great team.”

The team brought down 35 rebounds to Westerns 32. The lady Rustlers played 50 percent in free throws to Westerns 66.7 percent but had a better average in three-pointers to their opponent, who only made 1 of 11 shots

“They played great defensively against a very good team from Nebraska,” said Steve Barlow, athletic director. “They rebounded well and struggled a little offensively but they played their hearts out to the end.”

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