Lady Lancers fall in Region IX championship


CASPER – The Eastern Wyoming College women’s basketball team saw its season come to a close Saturday afternoon in the Region IX championship in a 71-57 loss to Casper College in the Region IX championship game.

The game marked the first time EWC had played in a Region IX championship game since 1979.

The Lady Lancers rolled to a 67-50 win on Thursday over McCook Community College and to a 69-49 win over Western Nebraska Community College on Friday to reach the championship.

On Thursday, EWC trailed 28-25 at halftime, but the Lady Lancers exploded for 21 points in the third quarter while holding McCook to only eight points.

Eastern Wyoming added 21 more points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 17-point victory.

Freshman Rose Revueltas led the team with 17 points, while freshman Anna Soler had 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Angela Lucio and sophomore Janette Hanni had nine points each.

The win advanced the Lady Lancers to the semifinal round where they faced Western Nebraska. In the two regular season meetings, WNCC had outscored EWC 162-115.

This game was different from the get-go.

Western Nebraska scored the first two points. It proved to be the only time EWC trailed the entire game in the 20-point victory.

The Lady Lancers capped off the game with 21 fourth-quarter points.

Freshman Mara Neira and Hanni led the team with 15 points each, while sophomore Ana Gascon added 10.

The win advanced the Lady Lancers to their first title game since 1979, and they would face the host Casper College Lady Thunderbirds.

EWC jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Casper answered with 10 straight points of its own.

The teams went back-and-forth for much of the first half.

Freshman Libbie Schaefer pushed the Lady Lancer lead to 24-18 with 6:43 left in the second quarter. It was a lead which EWC held until a 3-pointer late in the half put Casper in front 29-27.

Eastern Wyoming never got closer than one point.

Neira hit a 3-pointer on EWC’s first possession of the second half to close the gap to 33-32, but the Lady Thunderbirds started to slowly pull away for the remainder of the quarter and the game.

Revueltas led the team with 22 points, while Hanni had 12.

The Lady Lancers finished the season with an 18-12 record.

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