Lady Lancers fall in the Region IX semifinals

Andrew D. Brosig/Torrington Telegram Lady Lancer Abril Reach Roure (10) hooks an overhead pass out of the lane during the third quarter against McCook Community College in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region IX Tournament on Thursday at Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Eastern Wyoming College women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Region IX Tournament in Scottsbluff over the weekend.

On Thursday afternoon, the Lady Lancers survived a scare from McCook (Neb.) Community College.

EWC overcame a five-point deficit with a minute left to edge McCook, 86-85.

Sophomore guard Abril Rexach Roure connected on the go-ahead free throw with four seconds left in the game.

The win advanced the Lady Lancers to the semifinal round against cross-border rival Western Nebraska Community College on Friday evening.

Eastern Wyoming outscored McCook 20-16 over the final 10 minutes to complete the come-from-behind win.

When the final horn sounded, Roure scored a game-high 23 points, while Paula Martinez Sanz had 19. Emily Buchanan tossed in 16.

The Lady Lancers shot 45 percent, while McCook shot 43 percent.

The next day, the Lady Cougars ended the Eastern Wyoming season, handing the Lady Lancers a 91-65 loss.

Western Nebraska dropped 31 points on EWC in the opening frame, scoring at least 22 points through the first three quarters of play.

Over the final 10 minutes of the season, the Lady Lancers chipped away at the deficit, outscoring the Cougars 19-11, but it was far from enough in the 26-point loss.

Buchanan led EWC with 14 points, while Roure added 13. Freshman McKenzie Becker added 11, coming off the bench.

The Lady Lancers season came to a close with a 24-9 record.


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