Strong starts lift EWC women to weekend sweep


TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College women’s basketball team got off to strong starts on Friday against North Platte and Saturday, versus McCook to aid the Lady Lancers weekend sweep of the Nebraska community colleges.

On Friday, the Lady Lancers jumped out to a 29-6 lead en route to an 85-29 victory over the North Platte Lady Knights.

“We got off to a great start the whole first half, and really put the game out of reach,” EWC coach Tom Andersen said. “It was a great effort.”

By the half, EWC pushed its lead to 52-12, and it continued to grow throughout the second half.

The Lady Lancers shot 47.8 percent from the floor while holding North Platte to 14.9 percent.

Eastern Wyoming had four players in double figures, led by freshman Ane Esnal Aguirre with 19 points. Freshman Emilia Axelsson added 12, and freshman Raleigh Basart and sophomore Barbara Trehub tossed in 10 each.

The next day was much the same for the Lady Lancers.

“We wanted to come out strong and get a good start. We expanded on it,” Andersen said. “We did a pretty good job all the way through the game.”

EWC didn’t waste any time racing out to a double-digit lead, setting sail for an 81-54 victory.

Sophomore Paula Martinez Sanz scored the first four points of the game, and by the six-minute mark in the opening quarter, the Lady Lancers pushed their lead to 11.

EWC’s advantage reached 40-15 midway through the second quarter.

Then the Lady Lancer offense went on a brief dry spell, ending the first half without finding the bottom of the net again, while limiting McCook to only four points during that same span of time.

“They came back a couple times, but we answered it every time,” Andersen said.

Over the final 20 minutes, EWC outscored 41-35 to pull away for the team’s seventh win of the season.

Eastern Wyoming had five players score in double-figures. Sanz led the team with a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Aguirre led all scorers with 17. Axelsson added 14, while freshman Mariana Zanelatto Minotto had 13. Freshman Emma Strom tossed in 11.

“We had a chance to play all our kids again, and that’s good experience to help us down the road to build on our depth,” Andersen said. “We are satisfied with how they played off the bench.”

EWC wrapped up a three game in four day stretch to wrap up the 2019 portion of its schedule on Monday in Scottsbluff, Neb., against Western Nebraska Community College. Check back in Friday’s Telegram for the recap.

“We’ll go into a real tough environment against a very good team,” Andersen said. “It’s going to be a matchup to measure where we are at.”

The Lady Lancers (7-5) resume their season on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Sterling, Colo., against Northeastern Junior College. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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