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January 07, 2014 11:09 am

Trapper women look to keep rolling

Written by Dante Geoffrey

The Northwest Trappers women’s basketball team will look to win its 10th game in a row and remain perfect in Powell when it hosts the Casper Thunderbirds at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Northwest (12-5, 3-0) won nine straight games from Nov. 22 to Dec. 14 and are 6-0 when playing in Cabre Gym. The Trappers are tied with Western Wyoming atop the North Division of Region IX.

Head coach Janis Beal said the three-and-a-half week break won’t hinder any momentum her players had during their run.

“They still have that same drive that they had before break,” Beal said.

In fact, the vacation may benefit the Trappers.

“A break is good for everybody,” Beal said. “Getting away from it a little bit hopefully the kids have come back refreshed.”

Beal said the win streak doesn’t affect the players’ mindsets. In fact, some might not even know about it.

The Trappers are “only worrying about today,” Beal said.

Northwest hasn’t had too much to worry about since starting its streak, and Beal said she won’t fiddle much with what’s proven to be a winning formula.

“Nothing too much has changed,” the coach said. “If it’s not broke don’t fix it.”

The Trappers hope to change their fortunes against the T-Birds and Generals, who had Northwest’s number last season. Casper beat NWC by 12 in Casper and then by 16 in Powell, while Sheridan won by 19 on its court and 11 at Northwest.

“Our conference top to bottom is very tough,” Beal said. “Every game you have to come ready to play.”

Casper is 9-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

“We didn’t beat Casper last year so I think we have a little bit of that extra drive,” Beal said.

The women head to Sheridan (11-6, 1-2) on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game against the Generals.

Northwest College is averaging 77.2 points per game, which is best in the North and third in Region IX.

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