Cheyenne South's Oxsanna Beltran and Casper Kelly Walsh's Kristen Franke fight for possession on a loose ball in the third quarter during the McDonalds Classic on Saturday at South High School. Beltran finished with 12 points off the bench. Blaine McCartney/staff
CHEYENNE — By the time Cheyenne South’s game against Casper Kelly Walsh ended on Saturday, the Lady Bison had done things they’d never done before.
The most obvious of those was earn the program’s first-ever win over another Class 4A team. South won 60-54. Coming into the game, South was 0-16 against other 4A opponents over the last season and the first two games of this season.
How they got that win is the second thing the team had never done before — the program relied on its bench.
“It’s not a one-person team anymore. The team is now everybody, including the bench players, including the five people starting, including the coaches,” sophomore Dani Noble. Continue reading →
Cheyenne South post player Jasmin Waters battles for rebound during a game last week. Dominic Benintende/staff
CHEYENNE — If Jasmin Waters wanted to phone in her effort from time to time, it would be hard to blame her.
Waters stands about 5-foot-7 and every night she is tabbed as a starter for the Cheyenne South girls basketball team. Every outing, Waters has to line up against post players who have at least a three-inch height advantage on her. But Waters doesn’t step away from the challenge.
“I just have to go up with the same confidence. If I think I’m going to be weak and go up, then I’m just going to miss the ball,” Waters says. “But if I go up strong and know I’m going to make it, I just go up strong.”
In the Lady Bisons’ final regular season games against in-town rivals Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East, Waters was called upon to face the size advantage both teams brought to the court. Continue reading →
Cheyenne South's Dani Noble battles for loose ball during Friday's game against Cheyenne East. Noble rebounded from seven points on Friday to score 16 on Saturday against Cheyenne Central. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — If Friday night was a nightmare for Dani Noble, then Saturday was a dream.
That might sound strange when you consider the Cheyenne South girls basketball team dropped both games to Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central by double-figures. But difference between Friday and Saturday for Noble, it was something to smile about.
“Usually I’d be crying after a game we lost so I think I played pretty well,” Noble said with a little smile. Continue reading →