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January 06, 2009 3:47 am

Lady Trappers go 1-1 in Arizona

Written by Tribune Staff

NWC tops South Mountain 78-72

The Northwest College Lady Trappers picked up their third victory of the season during last week's trip to Phoenix, Ariz., for games against a pair of Arizona-based schools — Mesa Community College and South Mountain Community College.

NWC's much-needed win came against South Mountain Saturday. The Lady Trappers (3-11) posted a 78-72 decision over the Cougars, and NWC head coach Chad Oletzke said he is optimistic that the victory will be a sign of things to come for his squad as they dive into the remainder of the 2009 portion of their schedule.

The win over South Mountain helped Oletzke's squad snap a losing streak that reached seven games following a 72-36 loss to Mesa Community College a day earlier. Mesa moved to 12-1 with its victory over the Lady Trappers.

“The trip didn't start as well as we had hoped,” Oletzke said. “Against Mesa, it was obvious that we hadn't played in a while. The first half was rough, but we gradually played better as the game went along.

“Against South Mountain, we played a lot better at the start, and it was good that we were able to pick up the win. Because of that, I thought it was a successful trip for us. I think it perked up everybody's spirits. In the first half of the season, we lost a lot of close games, and that made things pretty stressful for everybody. Hopefully, we can take that win and get on a roll.”

No statistics were available from either game, according to Oletzke.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers will open sub-region competition Wednesday when they host Miles Community College. The start time for that contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. NWC also will face Central Wyoming College Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.