RAWLINS, Wyo. – After a close first quarter, the 14th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team outscored Northwest College 32-3 in the second quarter to cruise to an 107-54 win over the Trappers in the first day of the Central Wyoming Classic Friday afternoon.

WNCC head coach Chad Gibney said the team played really well in the second quarter.

                “We went on a big run there in the second quarter,” Gibney said. “We had a slow start but we bounced back. I certainly thought we did a good job of pressuring the ball on our press and then we did a good job on the glass tonight.”

                The Cougars had balanced scoring in the win with four in double figures and several with near double-figure scoring. Gibney was impressed with the balanced scoring that the team had.

                “We had really balanced scoring tonight,” he said. “We had a lot of people step up and do good things.”

                Shayane Poirot finished with 19 points, including five 3-pointers in the win. Poirot also had five assists and four steals in the win. Ale’Jah Douglas, who signed with Clemson on Wednesday, finished with 17 points.

                Martrice Brooks added 14 points while Shanti Henry tallied 12 points. Brooks also had five steals.

                Scottsbluff’s Yara Garcia and Rashaan Smith each tallied eight points in the win while Payton Fields and Ashley Panem had six points.

                WNCC and Northwest battled in the first quarte with the Cougars holding a slim 19-14 lead. It was from the second quarter on that the Cougars put distance between them and the Trappers. WNCC outscored Northwest 32-3 in the second quarter to hold a 51-17 lead at halftime.

                The Cougars pushed the lead to 79-31 after three quarters and then both teams combined for 51 points in the fourth period with WNCC outscoring Northwest 28-23 for the win.

                WNCC tossed in nine treys while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc. Northwest was just 2 of 14 from the 3-point line. Poirot had five treys while Fields had two, and Henry and Amani Brown each with one.

                The Cougars also was stellar from the free throw line, hitting for 85 percent (26-of-33). Northwest was 16 or 34.

                WNCC also controlled the boards, out rebounding the Trappers 46-27. Isabelle Cook pulled down seven boards to lead the Cougars while Henry and Panem each had six.
                WNCC will look for win number three on Saturday when they face the host team Central Wyoming College in the afternoon.

                “I know they have a couple really athletic guards, and they are a much improved team,” Gibney said. “it should be a good challenge for us.”

WNCC                   19 32 28 28 – 107

Northwest          14 3 14 23 – 54

Isabelle Cook 4, Ale’Jah Douglas 17, Amani Brown 8, Shanti Henry 12, Payton Fields 6, Yara Garcia 8, Martrice Brooks 14, Ashley Panem 6, Shayane Poirot 19, Genet Mebratu 3, Mia Jaye Sarkodee-Adoo 2, Rashaan Smith 8.

Brenna Rouane 4, Darla Hernandez 16, Annie Mitzel 2, Nayeli Acosta 5, Madison Fields 3, Celina Tress 12, Jaycie Casebolt 5, Shante Falslev 6, Tatiana Coleman 1.

WNCC rolls to third win of season over Central Wyoming

                RAWLINS, Wyo. – The 14th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put six in double figures and the Cougars rolled to their third win of the season with a 95-56 win over Central Wyoming College at Rawlins, Wyoming, Saturday afternoon.

                WNCC trailed just once during the contest and that was the opening two free throws of the contest. After that, Shanti Henry nailed a 3-pointer and the Cougars never trailed again.

                WNCC blistered the net in the first half, shooting 42 percent and the Cougar defense was stifling, holding the Rustlers to just 16 percent shooting.

                Central Wyoming sliced the first-half lead to 10-6, but the Cougars went on a 9-0 run behind a trey by Amani Brown and four points from Martrice Brooks for a 19-6 lead. The Cougars went on to lead 29-12 after the first quarter.

                WNCC stayed hot in the second quarter as Brown and Payton Fields each nailed 3-pointers and the Cougars led 35-14. Later, Fields hit another trey for a 41-17 lead and then Brown had an old-fashioned 3-point play for a 44-19 lead. WNCC led 46-24 at intermission.

                WNCC and Central Wyoming combined for 51 third-quarter points as the Cougars out-scored the Rustlers 28-23. Central Wyoming cut the lead to 18 points at 55-37 with 5:38 to play in the third. WNCC came back and went up 68-41 on a Yara Garcia old-fashioned 3-point play. WNCC led 74-47 after three.

                WNCC went up 78-49 early in the fourth on a Rashaan Smith offensive rebound putback. Smith put the Cougars up 82-31 on another bucket. WNCC went on a 9-0 run late for a 93-53 lead on a Garcia steal and bucket and then then a Breanna Fowler 3-pointer.

                WNCC shot the ball well from the field, making 41 percent from the field while nailing 41 percent from beyond the arc. WNCC was 9 of 22 from the 3-point line as Henry had three treys while Brown had two.

                WNCC was lights out from the charity stripe, shooing 90.3 percent and making 28 of 31 from the free throw line. Douglas was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line while Garcia was 5-of-5 and Fields was 4-of-4. Brown was 7-of-8.

                Brown led the scoring with 17 points followed by Ale’Jah Douglas with 14, Henry with 13, Garcia and Isabelle Cook with 11 each, and Fields with 10.

                WNCC won the rebound total 44-30. Cook finished with 11 boards followed by seven from Fields, six from Smith, and four from Garcia.

                WNCC, 3-0, will be back in action Tuesday when they host Eastern Wyoming College in a women’s and men’s doubleheader. Action Tuesday begins at 5:30 p.m. for the women’s contest with the men’s game to follow.          

WNCC (3-0)         29 17 28 21 – 95

Central Wyo.      12 12 23 9 – 56

Isabelle Cook 11, Ale’Jah Douglas 14, Amani Brown 17, Shanti Henry 13, Payton Fields 10, Yara Garcia 11, Breanna Fowler 3, Martrice Brooks 4, Ashley Panem 1, Shayane Poirot 3, Rashaan Smith 8.

Elena Almeria Lillo 2, Alex Terrazas 11, Alexxis Motisi 14, Livia Knapp 24, Anna Hutchinson 3, Natalija Markovic 2.

WNCC men win overtime thriller over Seward County

                LIBERAL, Kan. – For the second straight game, the Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball tam captured an overtime thriller in earning an 83-76 win over Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, Saturday evening.

                The Cougars, who moved to 3-0 on the season, will play Nationwide Prep Academy in Liberal, Kansas, at noon Saturday.

                For the Cougars, they outscored the Saints 17-10 in the extra five minutes for the win.

                WNCC defeated Northwest College on Monday in overtime 87-81.

                The contest was a low-scoring game as WNCC held a 15-13 lead with 10 minutes to play in the first half. Seward County came back to grab a 19-15 lead only to watch Carl Thorpe hit a trey to put WNCC up 20-19.

                Seward came back to lead 28-22 before the Cougars ran off six straight points on bucket by Them Koang, Rodney Sawyer, and Biko Johnson to tie the game at 28-28. Seward County closed out the first half on a 12-6 run to lead 40-34 at halftime.

                Seward County opened the second half with four straight points for a 44-34 lead. WNCC came back with cut the lead to 44-41 on a trey by Carter Brown and free throws by Rodney Sawyer and Biko Johnson. Seward County hit a trey to go back up by six, 47-41.

                That was when WNCC turned it up, going on a 11-2 run to lead 52-49. The big shots were a 3-pointer by Brown and then four straight free throws by Dimitrije Nikolic. The Cougars led by five, 61-56 on Koang and Brown buckets before Seward retook the lead at 62-61 on a steal with 2:40 to play.

                WNCC retook the lead at 64-62 on a bucket by Koang. Koang put WNCC up 66-64 with 1:30 to play. Seward County tied the game on a Taye Donald bucket and had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but a 3-pointe was off the mark to force overtime.

                Seward County grabbed the early lead in the extra period with a 3-pointer before Agwa Nywesh went on a scoring tear, hitting four straight buckets. WNCC tied the game at 72-72 before Seward went back in front 74-72. Nywesh followed with a 3-pointer and then an old-fashioned 3-point play for an 78-74 lead.

                WNCC led 80-74 before Seward made a bucket to slice the lead to four, but Nywesh made one of two free throws with 19.1 seconds and then Chancelor Johnson made two free throws to seal the game with 6.7 seconds to play.

                WNCC shot 48 percent from the field but were just 4-of-18 from the 3-point arc. WNCC was 27-of-42 from the free throw line.

                Seward shot just 31 percent from the field and was 7-of-36 from the 3-point line. The Saints were 15-of-26 from the charity stripe.

                WNCC was led in scoring by Koang with 21 points. Koang also pulled down 11 rebounds and had four steals.

                The Cougars also got 16 from Nywesh, who also had eight rebounds. Brown finished with 13 points while Johnson and Sawyer each had nine.

WNCC (3-0)         34 32 17 – 83

Seward County 40 26 10 – 76

Them Koang 21, Agwa Nywesh 16, Carter Brown 13, Rodney Sawyer 9, Biko Johnson 9, Dimitrije Nikolic 4, Carl Thorpe 5, Chancelor Johnson 2, Turumbil Zaki 4.

Branton McCrary 6, Taye Donald 18, Wilson Dubinsky 8, Erik Pratt 26, Kevon Cooper 10, Jaylin Henderson 6, DeLadris Green 2.