RIVERTON – It took a spirited comeback but the Western Wyoming Community College lady basketball squad earned its tenth win of the season with a 58-51 over Western Nebraska.
The Mustangs opened the Central Wyoming Classic on Friday against the Cougars who are 7-2 on the season. WNCC entered winning four straight including a road win at Casper College on Tuesday.
Western Nebraska controlled a low-scoring game for most of the contest. The Cougars led throughout the first two quarters including taking the lead at the break. The Cougars remained in control until midway through the final stanza.
WWCC was finally able to break through a tough defense and take the lead. Western Nebraska looked to take it back several times late but Lexi Smith hit key three pointers down the stretch to help the ladies hold on for the seven-point win, 58-51.
Irene Garrido Perez finished with a team-high 19 points While Dora Goles added 11. Head Coach Garett Sherman said in a facebook post after the win, Cara Thomas inspired the team with an outstanding effort on the boards and the defensive end.
The Mustangs continue the Riverton tournament on Saturday against another foe from the South Division, Eastern Wyoming. It will be another challege as EWC enters with a 6-4 record including recent wins over Gillette and Norhtwest.