First season highlighted by playoff appearance

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Court guards:

Kate Fiscus was a driving force for her team.

Cody Fox

The Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team secured a playoff bid Saturday, Feb. 25, with a 71-66 win over visiting Lamar Community College.

Cailyn Arnold led the team with 23 points and seven rebounds. Kate Fiscus had 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, adding to LCCC’s total of 45 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are now 11-16 overall and finish Region IX play with a 5-9 record. The Golden Eagles secured a playoff spot in its first season of play in more than 20 years. After a rough start to the season, the Golden Eagles played hard during the second half of the season to earn the playoff spot. Arnold led the team with 12.4 points per game this season, followed by Madison Hamm with 10.3 points per game.

Earlier in the season, LCCC traveled to Trinidad, Colorado for a conference game against Trinidad State College on Friday, Feb. 10. Hamm recorded a big performance with 13 points and nine rebounds but it couldn’t put the Golden Eagles over the edge. The Golden Eagles shot an outstanding 64.3 percent from the free throw line and secured 33 rebounds. The final score was 51-45.

LCCC faced Otero Junior College on Saturday Feb. 11. At the start of the fourth quarter, Otero broke away to advance the lead to 20 points. The final score was 65-45. LCCC recorded 37 rebounds and Katelyn Smith added five. Mariah Sheets added four assists to the mix. Hamm and Darian Hale scored in double digits.

The Golden Eagles also lost to Western Nebraska on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and fell to 8-15 overall and 4-10 in conference play. The Golden Eagles couldn’t fill the gap once they were down 43-16 at halftime. The Cougars pressed and continued to pull ahead.

Arnold and Hamm led LCCC in points and rebounds. Arnold had a double-digit performance with 15 points and Hamm led with a team high of 9 rebounds. The Golden Eagles had a high free-throw percentage of 66.7 percent.

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Golden Eagles currently hold 6-game win streak

LCCC extended its recent win streak on Feb. 18 with a 95-91 victory over McCook Community College. Da’Zhon Wyche led the Golden Eagles with 28 points, nine assists and four steals while making 13-of-14 free throws.

The Golden Eagles have now won six straight and lead the Region 9 South Division by three games. The Golden Eagles have two games left in the regular season, hosting Northeastern on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Lamar on Feb. 25.

On Feb. 15, LCCC flew past North Platte Community College 92-75. Dominik Heinzl scored 22 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, seven defensive rebounds and six offensive rebounds.

On Feb. 11, LCCC swept past Otero Junior College 81-74. Wyche had 26 points, making 16-of-18 free throws, 2-of-3 3 pointers and four assists.

On Feb. 10, LCCC defeated Trinidad State in overtime, 104-97. Wyche scored 27 points, making 6-of-6 free throws, 3-of-6 3 pointers, and shooting 9-of-16 from the field while adding nine assists.

On Feb. 4, LCCC glided past Northwest Kansas Technical College 98-88. Wyche threw down 29 points, shooting 8-of-10 from the field, 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and 7-of-8 from behind the arc.

Resolute through tough season

3-game win streak highlights Golden Eagles’ first season in 24 years

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Pushing toward the paint:

Power forward Madison Hamm drives through Western Nebraska defenders in an 83-57 loss on Jan. 28.

Nikole Anderson

The Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team entered last weekend 4-6 in Region IX play and 8-11 overall.

LCCC had a three-game win streak in early January. In the win against Central Wyoming on Jan. 7, Cailyn Arnold led the team with 16 points and Madison Hamm added 7 rebounds. Against the North Platte Knights on Jan. 11, the Golden Eagles picked up a 55-51 road win. Katelyn Smith and Arnold were both in double digits with 13 points. On Jan. 12, the Golden Eagles picked up their third consecutive win against Little Big Horn. Smith led the team with a 27-point game and Morgan Dana added 9 rebounds. McCook Community College snapped LCCC’s winning streak with a 90-80 win on Jan. 14. Arnold and Smith led with 18 points and Mariah Sheets added 17 points.

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Women’s basketball returns with hopes for Ws, dollars

Basketball team’s return increases revenue to College

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Since 1992, Laramie County Community College has been without a women’s basketball team. However, after a unanimous vote of approval from the LCCC Board of Trustees, plans were set in motion to bring the team back for the fall 2016 season.

Scott Noble, LCCC athletics director, said the women’s basketball program was planned before he was hired in May 2015.

Noble said LCCC’s strategic plan talks about student opportunity and transforming student lives in addition to distinguishing LCCC from other community colleges in the nation. Noble said he explained how he would look for administrative support to bring back women’s basketball in fall 2016.

In February, before the current budget cuts were necessary, a proposal for the plan to bring back the women’s basketball program was drawn up for review by the Board of Trustees. In the executive summary of the proposal, reasons were given why the program should be reinstated. Those reasons were to increase enrollment and to make LCCC a more visible institution locally, regionally and nationally.

Matt Petry, the deputy director and chief financial officer of the Wyoming Community College Commission, noted in the February 2016 project proposal “the addition of 18 students would have a positive financial impact for LCCC.” Petry also wrote in the proposal about a performance matrix that would take effect in fall 2017.

This matrix that rewards institutions based on “completers” who graduate with a certificate or diploma or who have transferable hours and continue their education at a four-year institution. In 2015, 85 percent of sophomore student-athletes graduated from LCCC.

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