The 2017-18 Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team has proven to be a tough, respectable Region IX team. With five games left in the regular season, the Golden Eagles have already improved tremendously from last year.
The 2016-17 inaugural women’s basketball team boasted a 11-17 overall record while averaging 60.6 points a game and finished 7-10 in conference play.
The 2017-18 team has five games left in the regular season but has already won three more games than last year and currently sits at 14-11 with a 5-4 record in conference play while averaging 72.4 points a game, 12 more than last year.
In his second season as the Golden Eagles head coach, Brian Ortmeier has formed a respectable program at LCCC and a possible 2018 Region IX playoff contender.
“Were playing really well on offense right now, in terms of progression, our chemistry is really starting to solidify itself and we are playing really well as a team right now,” Ortmeier said.
A major focus for Ortmeier at the start of this season was to improve on their point guard play and turnovers, as well as improving as a three point shooting team.
“Statistics wise we are already 30 three pointers ahead of where we were at the end of last season, we are on pace to be one of the top teams in the conference in three point attempts and three point field goal percentage,” Ortmeier said. “We are also down on turnovers this year, correcting those two areas has definitely helped us this year. “
With only five returning players from last year, the Golden Eagles have been leaning on their freshmen to carry the load. Karli O’Brien (Rapid City, South Dakota), Skylar Backstrom (Castle Rock, Colorado), and Sarah Kruthaupt (Las Vegas, Nevada) are all freshmen and the three top scorers for the Golden Eagles.
“They’ve handled the transition from high school to college very well, I love the balance they bring to the table,” Ortmeier said. “The focus hasn’t been one player, we have balance and can attack teams from multiple positions and that’s what has generated their success.”
If the Golden Eagles close out the season on a strong note it will give them an opportunity for a play-in game at the Recreation and Athletics Complex and a possible birth to the Region IX tournament.
The Golden Eagles will have home games for their next three games, Eastern Wyoming College on Feb. 7, Western Nebraska Community College on Feb. 10 and Trinidad State Junior College on Feb. 17.