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The Casper College women's basketball team got the separation it needed in the first quarter during Friday's semifinals of the Region IX tournament.

The 13th-ranked Thunderbirds (30-2) led Miles Community College 13-8 after the opening 10 minutes and the two teams played on near-even terms after that as the T-Birds advanced to the championship game with a 60-56 victory over Miles Community College.

Casper College will face Western Nebraska Community College, a 67-62 winner over Northwest College, in the title game at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

The T-Birds and the Cougars split their two games during the season.

Ashlie Larson led the T-Birds with 14 points and Paula Orenes Sanchez added 13. Lucie Hoskova and Emily Robertson pitched in nine and eight, respectively, in addition to eight rebounds apiece.


Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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