The Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team will kick off its third season this year under coach Brian Ortmeier. The team finished with a record of 15-16 last season, scoring an average of 70 points per game.
Courtney Walker and Karli O’Brien are back as returning starters looking to add their experience to the team’s arsenal. Also returning are Jessica Stoner, Kyleigh Milan, and Gabi O’Connor, who is coming off an injury from last year. Ortmeier said the players have taken the next step in the off-season. Expectations are high going into the team’s third year; the program was restarted in 2016.
“I’ve seen a lot of good things out of our sophomores,” Ortmeier said.
Significant additions to the team this year come by way of new assistant coach Danielle Rinaldo, a three-sport athlete and Colorado Mesa University graduate. Rinaldo holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology health and fitness promotion and has an extensive resume of athletic history.
The Golden Eagles hope to utilize the team’s speed this season. Ortmeier said he believes the team’s overall speed should help across the board with an emphasis on defense.
“Our focus has been being a better defensive team,” Ortmeier added.
LCCC is a part of Region IX and has been able to compete well against other teams in the region. As the returning division champions, Casper College will prove to be the toughest matchup for the Golden Eagles, Ortmeier said.
“It’s a strong region, so it’s good for us,” Ortmeier said.
October is an important time for women’s basketball. The team will have the opportunity to make its final adjustments in a series of exhibitions games before opening its season next month.
LCCC will face College of Southern Idaho at the Sheridan Classic for the season opener on Friday, Nov. 2.