Women’s basketball preseason sets the season’s pace

The Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team is rolling into the 2017-18 season with confidence and hoping to become a legitimate contender in Region IX.

The Golden Eagles, led by five returning sophomores, will attempt to improve their 2016-17 record of 11-17. The team has used the month of October to dial in their chemistry as a team, which is crucial because 10 out of the 15 players are freshman.

“For the small amount of time that we have had practice, they’ve really done a nice job of picking up on the offense and buying into the concepts that we are using, as well as adjusting to the speed of college basketball,” Head Coach Brian Ortmeier said.

A typically unnoticed part of any sports season is the preseason; in this case, the preseason of the Golden Eagles will take place in October. Their first scheduled scrimmage took place on Oct. 14 in Denver against Johnson & Wales University, where they walked away with a 80-78 victory.

“We took care of the basketball after a slow start in the first quarter,” Ortmeier said. “We were very consistent after that and got our outside game going as well.”

The second scrimmage took place at home on Oct. 21. The Golden Eagles defeated the runner-ups in the Region IX tournament last year, Eastern Wyoming College, with a score of 69-64.

“Again a slow start offensively, but we got it together in the second half and ended up scoring 43 points in the second half alone.” Ortmeier said.

The goal for Ortmeier and his team heading into this year’s preseason and regular season is to upgrade their point guard play, limit turnovers and improve from the three point line.

“The most impressive thing so far is how well we have taken care of the basketball,” Ortmeier said.  “We only had 16 turnovers in our first scrimmage and only 12 against Eastern Wyoming. We are maximizing every time we have the ball, and we are really close to clicking as a team and playing good for 40 minutes.”

The first official game for the Golden Eagles will be on Nov. 2nd against Northwest College. They will also play Fort Carson on Nov. 3 and Sheridan College on Nov. 4; all games will be played at the Recreation and Athletics Complex.

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