Chad DeBruyn called for Karli Noble during the second half of Cheyenne South’s loss to Rock Springs on Jan. 14.
“Karli, do you need me to call one,” DeBruyn asked, referring to a timeout. “I’ve got one if you need me to call one.”
DeBruyn was consulting his senior guard about timeouts because it was going to provide a rare break for her. The Lady Bison coach needs Noble and junior guard Gabby Turano – his leading scorers – on the court as much as possible.
About the only instances they’re going to be substituted out is if they are injured or in foul trouble. But that last part isn’t a guarantee.
“I have had (Noble) on the court even when she has four fouls in the first half,” DeBruyn said. “They will never come out of the game if we can help it. We have had to ask them to be smart as it relates to fouls. We cannot afford to have either one of them foul out.
“Without them we do not have much offense. They are also two of our better defenders. I have utilized timeouts to give each one of them a little rest. It is not uncommon at all for them to play all 32 minutes.”
Noble is averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game while Turano is averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 boards and 2.1 steals.
If logging the kind of minutes Noble and Turano are seems like every player’s dream, that’s because it is.
“It’s amazing because I am getting all the minutes I want,” Noble said. “At the same time, there are times when I feel like I’m dying out on the court.”
Neither player knew DeBruyn planned on using them the way he has.
Playing as much has Turano and Noble are makes conditioning even more important.
“We already condition a lot but I’m taking it even more seriously because I know I have to be in the best shape I possibly can if I’m going to play the entire game,” Noble added.
South (2-11 overall, 0-2 Class 4A East Conference) plays at Laramie (10-3, 1-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday.