CASPER – Winning on the road in Region IX is a tough task for any team. On Tuesday, the ladies of Western came up just short as they dropped its first conference game of the year to Casper College, 68-67.
After running up the score on Little Big Horn Saturday, the WWCC ladies put its 2-0 conference record on the line in Casper against the 2-0 Lady T-Birds. The game went back and forth right up to the end.
With six minutes left in the game, Casper went up three 56-53. The Lady Thunderbirds ran off 10 straight to take a 66-53 lead with under three to play. Dora Golos started the comeback and a three-point play the old fashion way by Shayla Simpson had the Mustangs back to six with 1:30 left to play, 67-60.
After forcing a turnover, Ozge Yarga hit again from downtown and a quick steal led to another Yarga bucket as Western pulled within two. Casper struggled to hang on the ball and with 26 seconds left fouled Irene Garrido Perez who sank both free throws to even the game at 67.
Casper played for the final shot and with four seconds left, Western fouled the Lady Thunderbirds on a three-point shot. Casper hit one of three giving WWCC a final shot at the road win. Golos drove the lane and had a good look but the layup rimmed out as Casper escaped with the one-point win, 68-67. Simpson led the way for the Mustangs with 21 points on the night.
The ladies have one more road game before returning for two at home. On Jan. 21, Western will face Gillette College at 3 p.m. On Jan. 26, they return for a contest with Northwest and follow it with a game against Sheridan on Jan. 28.