Sheridan’s Hailey Ligocki alters the shot of Cheyenne Central’s Sierra Kuno during Friday’s game. Blaine McCartney/staff
Editors note: The is an opinion written after watching Ligocki and the Sheridan girls basketball team play the Cheyenne Central girls on Friday night. The writer has not seen Ligocki play in other games this season.
Please check out Tuesday’s edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition or visit www.WyoSports.net for a feature piece on Ligocki by WyoSports assistant editor Jeremiah Johnke with insight from other coaches and Ligocki on her play.
CHEYENNE — Sheridan senior Hailey Ligocki, a University of Wyoming signee, scored 11 points during the Lady Broncs 57-35 win over the Cheyenne Central girls on Friday night.
Ligocki, a 5-foot-8 guard, is a key signee for the Cowgirls and coach Joe Legerski. She inked her letter of intent on Nov. 14, 2012.
WyoSports writer Alex Riley, who has covered girls high school and college basketball over the years, takes a look at what he thinks makes Ligocki a good player for UW and where she needs to improve: Continue reading →
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 East guard Kayla Cheney passes to a teammate with Casper Natrona County's Jena Milliken applying pressure during East's 61-56 overtime win on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — To hear Ashton Brodahl describe her experience, she was more nervous sitting on the bench watching Cheyenne East’s game against Casper Natrona County unfold than she actually was playing in it.
Brodahl said her legs were shaking before entering the game. Once she got on the court, nerves didn’t play a factor in her game. But she did play a factor in the outcome.
The sophomore guard hit three crucial free throws in overtime to help the Lady Thunderbirds earn a 61-56 win over the Lady Mustangs. Natrona came into the game as Class 4A’s No. 1 team.
“(When I went in) I’m thinking that I know that I can do this and my team definitely helped me relax. They helped me with just being on that floor,” Brodahl said. Continue reading →
With players like, from left, Megan Marker, Alex McCart, Hailey Pyle, Mckayla Ward and Mckenzie Ward back, there is a lot of optimisim for the Burns girls basketballt eam.
BURNS — Togetherness shouldn’t be a problem for the Burns girls basketball team.
When you have a slew of returning talent for the previous season, experience and cohesiveness aren’t big issues.
“Yes ( it easy to jump back in) because you’re used to playing. We only lost one so you’re not doing a big loss,” junior Megan Marker said.
Of the 13 players on last year’s varsity roster, the Lady Broncs only lost one — senior Bailey Ward. Yes, Ward was the team’s leading scorer with 12.9 points per game. (That total was also tops among Class 2A East Conference teams.)
But when everyone else is coming back, there’s plenty to get excited about.
“It’s great because we don’t have to reteach it all over,” junior Hailey Pyle said. “It’s great to just be able to know what we’re supposed to do and it works so smoothly for us that it’s going to help a lot.” Continue reading →
The Pine Bluffs girls basketball team was all smiles after claiming fifth-place in the Class 2A state basketball tournament last week.
CASPER — It wasn’t for the state championship. It wasn’t for third-place. But when the Pine Bluffs girls basketball team took the court last Saturday in the Class 2A fifth-place game, there was still plenty to play for.
Last season, the Lady Hornets didn’t make the state tournament. This year, they had something to prove. Even if it wasn’t a state title, this group of girls would not be denied.
“The seniors, we wanted to try and get them a win going out. And then the freshmen and sophomores, give them kind of a taste of what it was and maybe next year they’ll come back up and do it again,” Pine Bluffs coach Bob Cochran said. Continue reading →