First season highlighted by playoff appearance

Court guards:
Kate Fiscus was a driving force for her team.

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.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the LCCC women’s basketball snapped an eight-game losing streak against McCook Community College in a 75-74 win. Arnold had 12 rebounds and all together the Golden Eagles pulled down 45 rebounds. Hamm scored an outstanding 20 points which helped lead the Golden Eagles to victory. Smith also had 7 assists.

The Golden Eagles advanced to 10-16 overall with a win on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Golden Eagles won against Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen. The final score was 74-67. Hale put on a show and led the team with 25 points. Arnold added 7 rebounds to LCCC’s total of 49. The Golden Eagles shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.

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