Posted at 3 p.m. April 6, 2017
Women’s basketball: exciting return exceeds expectations
Randi Elisson makes her way across the court in the Feb. 16 game against North Platte.
“With the return of the women’s basketball team after 24 years, many people thought the expectations would be low.”
Women’s basketball coach
“I’d like to see us host a first-round Region IX Tournament game, and put ourselves in a position to make a run at the Region IX Championship,” Ortmeier said.
For the LCCC women’s basketball team it is only the beginning.
The first season back at Laramie County Community College brought both advancement and adversity for the women’s basketball team.
The Golden Eagles finished the season 11-17 after losing in the first round of the Region IX Tournament. Freshman power forward Madison Hamm earned a spot on the Region IX All-Defensive team this season. Hamm averaged 6.7 blocks per game.
“Being part of the first season back in 24 years was an exciting experience,” coach Brian Ortmeier said.
“With the return of the women’s basketball team after 24 years, many people thought the expectations would be low,” Ortmeier said. “During pre-season, the goal was to compete. I think we surprised a lot of teams finishing with the No. 6 seed and winning double-digit games.”
The Golden Eagles clinched a playoff berth in the first season back. Ortmeier explained he wanted the team to be competitive during the season and the team accomplished this goal.
Despite the losses and shortcomings of the season, the Golden Eagles found ways to battle and earn some tough wins. Defense and turnovers were a struggle throughout the season.
The season may be over, but the training doesn’t stop. “Offseason will come with goals to get faster and stronger. There are some fundamental areas we need to fine tune with our posts and perimeter players as well,” Ortmeier said.
Even though this season just ended, Ortmeier is planning for next year. Seven new freshmen will come in and contribute to the competitive Golden Eagles.