Veteran leadership to make history for women’s basketball

Women’s basketball is back in action after a brief winter break and is continuing the same success as before.

The Laramie County Community College team took a three-week break before returning to the court for a 28-point win against conference rivals Northwest College on Jan. 10. The team saw only one defeat in the month of January, which was quickly followed by a five-game winning streak.

“We’ve been playing really good basketball,” said Brian Ortmeier, women’s basketball coach.

The return of the Golden Eagles season has also featured the addition of Haley Anderson to the starting lineup. Anderson is currently the only freshman on the court at tipoff for LCCC. Her sharp shooting from beyond the arc has added an additional threat to the starting five.

Another reason for their success are the five sophomores, Gabi O’Conner, Kyleigh Milan, Courtney Walker, Jessica Stoner, and Karli O’Brien.  The five, along with Anderson, have led to the Golden Eagles winning and the chance to make history.

The Golden Eagles will look to capitalize on the last leg of the season in order to obtain the best possible seed in the upcoming Region IX tournament. Finishing the season with a high ranking, the Golden Eagles could see the opportunity to host the first game in the postseason, a win or go-home playoff game where the victor is granted a spot in the three-day regional tournament. This could be the first time since the women could make the playoffs since their program returned in 2016.

“Once you get there, anything could happen,” Ortmeier added.

Ortmeier said he sees a successful run in the postseason bringing recognition to a fairly new program and could demonstrate the positive effects of adding new programs to the college, allowing students more opportunity to succeed and excel.

As the Golden Eagles bare the winter cold into the month of February, it seems some of that heat has cooled off. The team started the month with a pair of losses, the most recent coming at the hands of Eastern Wyoming College, which won by 45 points. But the team will look to rebound with the few games left in the regular season, including a big 83-69 win over Western Wyoming on Feb. 13 to break a three-game losing streak, and will look to be a monster in the playoffs.

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