Eagles fight to extend season

The Laramie County Community College Golden Eagles closed out their season at home with two wins before going 1—2 on their final road trip to finish the season 18-12. Going into the Region IX tournament, the Eagles have a 9—6 record in the region, good enough for the third seed in the south subregion.

The tournament will be played March 1—5. No results were available at press time.

The third seed in the tournament will give the Eagles a familiar matchup in the first round against north subregion sixth-seed Northwest College at 6 p.m. March 2. Northwest finished the season 17—12. The two teams faced off twice earlier this season. LCCC won both contests.

The teams first met in the Golden Eagles’ Greater Cheyenne Realtors’ Classic Nov. 8. The Eagles beat the Trappers by nearly 20 points, 95—73. In the second meeting in Powell, Wyo., Dec. 13, the Eagles won 89—82.

The winner of the March 2 matchup will likely go on to play the north subregion No. 2 seed, Sheridan College. Sheridan went 25—5 this season and is currently on a seven-game winning streak. The Eagles dropped a game earlier this season in Sheridan 96—85 on Nov. 30.

The Eagles may have to win out in the regional tournament to make the National Championship Tournament, which will be played March 17—22 in Hutchinson, Kan. Only 24 teams will make the tournament: 16 district champions, four zone qualifiers and four at-large selections.

In their final action at home, the Eagles beat Otero Junior College 89—78 on Feb. 15. On the road, the team then dropped a game to the 25—4 North Platte Community College 91—81, earned a win against McCook Community College and lost a tight game on the road to Western Wyoming Community College 79—77.

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