TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College Lady Lancers opened Region IX North Sub-Division play with an 86-83 win over the Sheridan College Lady Generals on Wednesday evening.
When the final horn sounded, EWC went 38 of 46 from the free-throw line, while the Generals went 22 of 33.
“They were a big part of it,” Lady Lancer coach Tom Andersen said. “They had a hard time guarding some of our kids going to the basket. We are pretty good at getting to the basket. We drew some fouls and made enough free throws to win it, obviously.”
Each team put together runs throughout the game.
Trailing 9-7 early in the first quarter, the Lady Lancers had a 7-0 spurt and led the remainder of the first quarter, but in the second, it was the visitors who put together a run.
Sheridan answered with a 7-0 rally to take a 23-21 lead with eight minutes to play before halftime.
Over the remainder of the half, the teams swapped the lead eight times, but it was sophomore Abril Rexach Roure’s 3-pointer with less than a minute left which put the Lady Lancers back on top 39-38 heading into the half.
It was a lead which EWC held until the Lady Generals went on a 11-2 run to take the lead, 59-51.
During that run, the Lady Lancers used two timeouts.
“They made a couple shots, and we missed a couple,” Andersen said. “We took a timeout and came back made some good plays on offense and defense. I think that was the key. We got a couple steals in that timeframe where they couldn’t score.”
Coming out of the second timeout inside of a minute time span, EWC made yet another run. An 8-2 spurt capped off by a bucket by sophomore Ines Salat Margarit put the Lady Lancers back on top 67-64 with 8:15 remaining in the game.
It was a lead which EWC never surrendered for the rest of the game.
The Lady Lancers had four players in double-figures, led by sophomore Emily Buchanan with 22. Roure added 19, while Paula Martinez and Margarit tossed in 14 and 10, respectively.
“It’s good to get that first one,” Andersen said. “You don’t want to lose any home ones. Sheridan has a nice team. They challenged us the whole way through. They are going to be there at the end of the year, as well.”
Eastern Wyoming (14-1 overall and 1-0 in the North Sub-Region) is back in action at home against Northwest College (2-11 and 0-0) at noon on Saturday. It is Fan Appreciation Day, and admission to the game is free.
“It’ll be another tough game. Everyone will be tough in the North,” Andersen said. “We just need to protect our home court and build on what we did today.”